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INFORMATION ABOUT PALANI

Palani is a city and a municipality in Dindigul district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Palani is pronounced using the special 'L' used in Tamil and is also spelt as "Pazhani" in English. It is located about 60km from the city of Dindigul. It is a famous pilgrimage town and every year more than 7 million devotees visit the Palani Murugan Temple and offer their prayers to the Lord Muruga. This temple draws the largest number of devotees in Tamil Nadu. The hill temple of Lord Muruga as Sri Dandayuthapani in Palani near Madurai is one of the most popular of Tamil Nadu fanes, dates from a remote past. It stands on a hill that is an offshoot of the Western Ghats, and there are some other hills nearby. From the temple, which stands at the summit about 150 metres high, there is a beautiful panorama of forests to admire. At the foot of the hill there is an even more ancient temple, also dedicated to Lord Muruga and is called the "Tiruavinnakudi Temple", it is the third of the "arupadai veedus", or the Six Abodes of Lord Muruga, as mentioned in a Tamil poem of the first century of the Christian era, "Tirumurugarruppadai". The other five are Tirupparankundram, Tiruchendur, Swamimalai, Tiruttani and Pazhamuthircholai (on Azhagarkoil hills).

PALANI TOURISM

    The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing

  • The Origin Of The Temple : Tradition tells the temple's origin. Once Agastya wished to take away Shivagiri, the hill on which the temple stands, and Sakthigiri in its vicinity, to where he was living farther in the south. He directed a disciple of his, Idumban, to carry them on his shoulders, one at each end, slung to a pole in the form called "Kavadi". At this stage, Lord Shiva on Kailasa, had offered a pomegranate as a prize to whichever of His sons, Lord Ganesh and Lord Muruga, could go round the world quicker. Lord Muruga, astride His vehicle, the peacock, set off at a great pace. But Lord Ganesh merely walked around His parents. He said that, as they were the Universe, He was walking around them. The claim was conceded and the prize was awarded to Him. On hearing this Lord Muruga was frustrated and left Kailasa for the south. His parents attempted to dissuade Him, saying "Pazham Nee" which means in Tamil, "Thou art thyself the fruit of all wisdom and knowledge". But He was not appeased and went to Tiruavinankudi. Later He moved into the temple at the top of the hill. Meanwhile, Idumban set down his "Kavadi" near Palani in order to take rest. When, after some time he attempted to bear it on his shoulders again, he found that he could not. A boy carrying a baton wandered along. An altercation ensued between this boy, who was Lord Muruga, and Idumban. In this Idumban was killed. But the Lord restored him to life. At his request He ordained that those who carry "Kavadis" to His temples in fulfilment of vows should be blessed. The tradition accounts for the presence of the Lord in the temple as Boy baton in hand, for the popular name of the hill as "Palani" and for the practice of pilgrims carrying "Kavadis". This practice obtains not only in Palani but also in the other temples of Lord Muruga. There is a shrine to Idumban on the hill.


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