Narada Falls

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Narada Falls
Narada Falls.jpg
The upper tier of Narada Falls.
LocationMount Rainier National Park, Lewis County, Washington, USA
Total height188 feet (57 m)
Number of drops2
Total width50 feet (15 m)
WatercourseParadise River

Narada Falls is a waterfall in Mount Rainier National Park, in the U.S. state of Washington. It is said to be the most popular, because the Mount Rainier Highway crosses the falls between its two tiers.

The waterfall drops 188 feet (57 m) in two tiers of 168 feet (51 m) and 20 feet (6.1 m). The upper tier is a horsetail that falls in several strands down a nearly sheer cliff, into a canyon that is perpendicular to it. The lower tier is a much smaller plunge. During the winter, the upper falls freezes and becomes a sheer 150 feet (46 m) of icicles, which attracts many ice climbers.

The falls was named by Frederick Gordon Plummer in 1893 after the branch name of the Narada Theosophical Society of Tacoma. This branch was called Narada, a Sanskrit name , Name of son of Lord Brahma, the greatest devotee of Lord Vishnu. A variant name is Neradah, and a common mistake is Nevada.[1]

Although there is little documentation supporting it, there is widespread belief among the Hindu community that the Falls shares its name with Narada Muni, a Vedic sage who plays a prominent role in a number of Hinduism's earliest texts, for a reason. Much like the sage, the Falls travels different realms during its course from its origin.

Narada Falls from the overlook.

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  1. ^ "Narada Falls". Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest. Retrieved 2009-03-14.

Coordinates: 46°46′30″N 121°44′46″W / 46.77500°N 121.74611°W / 46.77500; -121.74611