- TAMIL NADU
temple of Lord Muruga is located on the Palani Hills. The
presiding deity is Dandayudhapani. The idol is made of medicinal
herbs. It is one of the six abodes of the major Pilgrim centres
in South India next only next only to Tirupathi. An electrically
operated winch takes the pilgrims to the top. It is 105 kms
from Coimbatore .Palani is a well known pilgrim centre and
one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya or Muruga. The shrine
stands on top of the Palani Hills consisting of 660 steps.
There are rope ways too, to take pilgrims to the top. The
main deity is called Dandayudapaani. Pilgrims from various
parts of the country visit this temple.
The temple at Palani is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya.
Dedicated to Sri Dandayuthapani, the temple is built atop
a 140m high hill and can be reached either using the steps
or the electrically operated winch. During the festivals of
Panguni Utthiram ( March-April) and Adi Krithikai (July-August)
Kavadi dancers dance and walk their way from far and near
as they flock to the temple in hundreds, often in a state
of trance. The Lord - the festival deity called Chinnakumarar,
a graceful figure in bronze - is placed riding on a golden
peacock mount whose feathers are spread out beautifully. The
mount is then fixed to the golden car and the car taken round
the prakaram on the top of the hill in a ceremonious procession
on all Karthigai days and six other festival days in a year.
On payment of Rs. 900/- a devotee can have the golden car
drawn round the temple on any evening of his choice, along
with nadhasvaram, Thiruppugazh music, other temple paraphernalia
etc. The illuminated Golden Car is a veritable fairy-land.
There is a heavy demand for such service to fulfill vows of
thanksgiving for recovery from physical afflication or success
in important undertakings. At the conclusion of the procession,
the donor is honoured with Parivattam. The procession makes
brief stops at each of the nine bali-peetams (altars for religious
Palani and festivals are synonymous. The most important festival
is ' PANGUNI UTHARAM ' in March - April on the day Utharam
Star (Nakshatra) is ascendent. This 10-day event at the Thiru
Avinankudi temple, at the foot of the hill occurs in the off-season
and so agriculturists and other rural folk participate in
it and give offerings of paddy to the temple. Some of the
monthly Karthigais draw a crowd of one lakh.The Karthigai
Deepam and Vaikasi Visakam get two lakhs of persons each.
The same may be said of Skanda Sasthi. Three lakhs persons
attend the Thai Pusam. Panguni Utharam spectacle has been
estimated at five lakhs of simple and unsophisticated people
with formidable faith in Lord.
For further information please contact
The Joint Commissioner/Executive Officer
Arulmigu Dandayudhapani Swami Devasthanam Office
Adivaram Palani - 624 601 India
Tel. (91) 04545-41417 or 42236 Fax: (91) 04545-41417
How to get there
Palani is well connected by road and there are frequent buses
from Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Dindugal and Tiruchi.Nearest
railway station is Palani . The nearest airport is Coimbatore
& Madurai.The Hill Statiion KODAIKANAL (Princess of Hills)
is 60 KM from palani.