PALANI TEMPLE VIRTUAL TOURISM
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Palani, Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swami Temple is third of the Six Abodes of Murugan(Aarupadai veedugal which includes Thiruchendur Subramaniyaswami Temple, Swami Malai Karthikeya Temple, Tiruttani Subramanya Temple, Pazhamuthircholai Solaimalai Murugan Temple and Thiruparangundram Subramaniyar Temple.
Lord Murugan is the deity of the Tamil Land. The temple at Palani is an ancient one, situated at an elevation of 1500 feet above sea level. It is a charming campus from where one can take a look at the Idumban Hill, the Kodaikanal Hills, the Western Ghats, the greenery of the paddy fields, rivers, tanks, Palani town and the colleges. In daytime, Palani Hill is Beautiful; at night, it is Hill Resplendent
Located in Dindigul District, on the Palani hill bottom ( Malai Adivaram ) called ‘Thiruaavinankudi’, where the deity is known as ‘Kuzhanthai Velayuthaswami’ and was worshipped by Goddess Lakshmi (‘Thiru’ in Tamil), owner of cows (‘Aavinan’ in Tamil), living place (‘kudi’ in Tamil).
There is also a Murugan temple on the Palani hill top where ‘Dhandayuthapani’ is the main deity, in a meditating state, carrying a staff (‘danda’) as weapon (‘ayutha’) in his hands (‘pani’). This is the place where Murugan resided after his feud with his family over a divine fruit. Here, the main deity is made out of an amalgam of nine minerals popularly called Navabashanam and was established by Saint Bhogar.
History of Palani written by Balasubramania Kavirayar speaks about the glory of this place. This contains 23 chapters in 987 verses, and was written in 1628AD.
Sage Narada once visited the celestial court of Lord Shiva at Mount Kailash to present to Him a fruit, the gyana-pazham (literally, the fruit of knowledge), that held in it the elixir of wisdom.
Upon Lord Shiva expressing his intention of dividing the fruit between his two sons, Ganesha and Karthikeya, the Sage counseled him against cutting it. He decided to award it to whichever of his two sons first circled the world thrice. Accepting the challenge, the Lord Karthikeya started his journey around the globe on his sacred bird, the peacock.
However, Lord Ganesha, who surmised that the world was no more than his parents Shiva and Shakti, circumambulated them. Pleased with their son’s discernment, Lord Shiva awarded the fruit to Lord Ganesha. When the Lord Murugan returned, he was furious to learn that his efforts had been in vain. In anger, the frustrated child left the divine parents and came down to Tiru Avinankudi at the Adivaram (pronounced Adivaram),It means foot of the Sivagiri Hill). Siva pacified Him by saying that He (Subrahmanya) Himself was the fruit (pazham) of all wisdom and knowledge . Hence the place was called ‘Pazham Nee’ or Palani
Thus, it was that He came to what is today known as Palani, a name derived from the manner of His Parents trying to mollify him and prevail upon him to return to Kailash — Gnana Pazham Nee appa (Tamil for “You are the fruit of wisdom sire”), implying that, being the embodiment of wisdom, he had no need for the fruit. Thus, being the abode of wisdom, the place took on its master’s name: Pazham Nee or Pazhani, anglicised as Palani.
In the mean time , Sage Agastya wanted to take two hills — Sivagiri and Saktigiri — to his abode in the South and commissioned his asuran disciple Idumban to carry them. Idumban was one of the very few asuran survivors of the suraasuran war between Murugan’s forces and those of Surapadman.
Idumban bore the hills slung across his shoulders in the form of a kavadi, one on each side. When he reached Palani and felt fatigued, he placed the kavadi down to take rest.
When Idumban resumed his journey, he found that he could not lift the hill. Muruga had made it impossible for Idumban to carry it. Upon the hilltop the great asuran spotted a little boy wearing only kaupeenam and demanded that he vacate at once so Idumban could proceed with his task. The boy, who was yet in a fighting mood.
In the fierce battle that ensued, Idumban was killed but was later on restored to life. Idumban prayed that, whosoever carried on his shoulders the Kavadi, signifying the two hills and visited the temple on a vow, should be blessed and he should be given the privilege of standing sentinel at the entrance to the hill.
Hence we have the Idumban shrine halfway up the hill where every pilgrim is expected to offer obeisance to Idumban before entering the temple of Dandayudhapani.
Since then, pilgrims to Palani bring their offerings on their shoulders in a kavadi. The custom has spread from Palani to all Muruga shrines worldwide.
Now let us understand what is the Real significance of Kavadi by splitting the word and we get ‘Kavi’- saffron, the colour denoting abstinence and ‘adi’ -here it implies pilgrimage. So Kavadi is a process of accepting the Divinity’s power over all Mortals. It is the symbolism of humbleness in life and faith in god. So the devotee takes a pledge of abstinence for a certain period of time and travels to Palani by foot. He should lead a life of simplicity and humbleness without ego during this time. This small practice is expected to be extended throughout his life making him a good human being.
There are different kinds of Kavadi:
Paal kavadi In palkavadi, the devotee bears milk in form of kavadi to offer Lord Murugan.
Anna kavadi In annakavadi, the devotee bears food such as cooked rice as an offering to Lord Murugan.
Daily poojas are conducted for six time in this famous temple. Moreover the special poojas to be carried out in Lord Murugan Temple are also performed regularly.
Darshan hours are from 5.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
On festival days the temple opens at 4.30 a.m.
Devotee can book the Darshan Booking in HRCE Department Portal https://tnhrce.gov.in in which, a link to ‘Online Darshan Ticket Booking for Temples’ provides the List of Temples which allow the Online Darshan Ticket Booking Services.
When going for darshan at Palani Dhandayuthapani Temple, make a plan for at least two three hours for a relaxed exploration of the temple and darshan of the deity. During festival, it takes around 4 to 5 hours to get darshan. Devotees visiting the Palani Temple will not be allowed to bring mobile phones with them.
Reaching Temple from bottom of the Hill :
Over the past half-century, three funicular railway tracks have been laid up the hill for the convenience of the pilgrims, and supplemented by a rope-way within the past decade. There are two modes of transport from the foothills to uphill. There is a winch, which operate from 6 a.m. on ordinary days and 4 a.m. during festive occasions. There is another rope car which operates from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Both winch and the rope car are closed after the Irakkala Pooja at 8 p.m.
The capacity of winch is 36 seats and length of the way is 290 meters from base station to hill temple and travel time is only 8 minutes. The cost of winch is cheap and It operates from 5.20 A.M to 9 P.M. On festival days Winch will be operated from 3.20 A.M to 9.00 P.M.
Along the winch tracks Greenish garden is maintained, waterfalls and Lily ponds are maintained at the lower winch station.
The charges for winch Upward journey
Normal Way (Above 3 years): Rs. 10/- Special Way – Rs. 50/-
The Charges for winch Downward journey
Normal Way (Above 3 years) : Rs. 10/- ,Special Way -Rs. 25/-
Rope Car :
The rope-car takes only 2.45 minutes to cover the distance of 320 metres . The rope car is faster than winch. The Rope car system is introduced for the first time in Tamilnadu at Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple, Palani for the benefits of the devotees.
A mono Cable Fixed Grip Reversible Jig-Back Rope way system is being operated with four cabins on each side with 350 passengers per Hour capacity with travel time of2.45 minutes. The rope way is operated from 7.00A.M to 8.00P.M with one hour break between 1.30P.M to 2.30P.M. An artificial water fall are created along the rope car alignment.
Fare for Rope way : One way trip – Rs.15/-, Special way – Rs.50/-
Reaching Sri Dhandayuthapani Temple :
From Coimbatore: 108 km via Pollachi
From Madurai: 121 km via Dindigul
From Trichy: 159 km via Dindigul
There is a rail line through Palani station, stretching Dindigul to Coimbatore via Pollachi. Currently, there is only a Dindigul- Palani passenger operating on the line. The Murugan Temple is about 2km from the railway station and can be reached by autorickshaw or bus.
Else we can reach Coimbatore Jn and Madurai Jn which are well connected to the rest of India by rail and take road route to Palani.
The nearest air port is in Coimbatore and Madurai.
Palani Temple dress code follows a strict prohibition of shorts, lunges, caps and animal skin clothes inside the temple premises. As per the new code, male devotees should wear dhotis or pyjamas with upper cloth, or formal pants and shirts. Women should wear sarees or half sarees with blouse, churidhars with dupatta. The children should wear any fully covered dress. Wearing Leggins is not allowed and should avoid sleeveless kurtis.