is a river in Kerala
, in South India
. Also spelt Papanashini
, the name means "washes away all sins".
The river begins as a spring in the Brahmagiri Hills region near Tirunelli Temple. The river meets the Kalindi River of Kerala (not the more famous Kalindi which is also known as Yamuna).
According to tradition, Vishnu granted the power of the Papanasini river to wash away all sins as a boon to Lord Brahma, after Lord Brahma installed an idol of Vishnu at Thirunelli Temple. Pilgrims travel to Papansini river to wash themselves of their sins.