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Palani Murugan Koil

Name: Palani Murugan Koil
Primary deity: Senthilandavan (Murugan)
Architecture: South Indian, Kovil
Location: Palani

It is one of the most famous Murugan temples in India. It is located in the township of Palani, 100 km east of Madurai, and near the famous hill station, Kodaikanal. Image File history File links Palani Hill temple File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Muruga (also Murugan) (Tamil: ) is the most popular Hindu deity amongst Tamils of Tamil Nadu state in India and in the Tamil diaspora. ... South India is a geographic and linguistic-cultural region of India. ... The word temple has different meanings in the fields of architecture, religion, geography, anatomy, and education. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Muruga (also Murugan) (Tamil: ) is the most popular Hindu deity amongst Tamils of Tamil Nadu state in India and in the Tamil diaspora. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Madurai   (மதுரை in Tamil ; IPA: ) is a city and a municipal corporation with a population of more than 1. ... Kalimpong town as viewed from a distant hill. ... Kodaikanal (also known as Kodai) is a city and a municipality in Dindigul district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. ...

It is one of the major Arupadaiveedu of Lord Muruga. The other Arupadiveedus are Thiruchendur (100 km south-west of Madurai), Swamimalai (150 km east of Madurai), Thiruthani (50 km from Chennai), Pazhamudircholai (10 km north of Madurai) and Thiruparamkunram (10 km south of Madurai). Chennai   (Tamil: ), formerly known as Madras  , is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and is Indias fourth largest metropolitan city. ...


The Legend of the Palani Temple

According to legend, Sage Narada once visited the divine court of Lord Shiva at Mount Kailash. Lord Shiva was with his consort, Goddess Shakthi, and their two children, Lord Ganesha and Lord Subramanya. Sage Narada gave Lord Shiva a mango fruit and told him that it was a special fruit, the fruit of wisdom. Categories: Hindu deities | Stub ... This article is about the Hindu God. ... Mount Kailash (officially: Kangrinboqê; Tibetan: Gang Rinpoche, གངས་རིན་པོཅཧེ་; Wylie: Gangs Rin-po-che; ZWPY: Kangrinboqê; Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Hindi कैलाश पर्वत, Kailāśā Parvata) is a peak in the Gangdisê mountains, the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia—the Indus River, the Sutlej River, a tributary of the Ganges... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Lord Ganesha In Hinduism, Ganesha (or lord of the hosts, also spelled as Ganesa and sometimes referred to as Ganapati in Marathi, Gujarati and other Indian languages) is a son of Shiva and Parvati, and the husband of Bharati, Riddhi and Siddhi. ... In Hinduism, Kārttikeya (also Skanda, Subrahmanya, Kumara, Arumugan, Shanmugan, Murugan, Guha, Saravana, Swaminatha, Velan,Velavan, Senthil) is a god born out of a magical spark created by Shiva. ...

Lord Shiva wanted his children to have the fruit of wisdom. However, when he offered it to them, Sage Naradar asked that the mango not be cut in two to be shared between the two sons, lest the power be diminished. Now, as a result, they had to decide who should have it. Shiva and Shakthi decided that the son who first circles the Earth would get the fruit. Immediately accepting the challenge, Lord Murugan, started his journey around the globe on his divine vehicle, the peacock or mayil.

Lord Ganesha, who believed that his parents were his world, circumambulated Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakthi and claimed the mango fruit. Lord Subramanya returned to Mount Kailash, only to find that Lord Ganesha had already won the contest. Lord Murugan felt he had been deceived and decided to leave Mount Kailasam. He reached to top of what is today called "Pazhani malai" (the Hill of Pazhani) and set up his abode there.

Goddess Shakthi and Lord Shiva rushed to the hill and tried to pacify their son, calling him, Pazham Nee (in Tamil, "you are the fruit (of wisdom)"). Hence this place came to be called Pazhani, or Palani.


The consecretion ceremony (kumbabishegam) of this great temple recently took place in April 3rd 2006.(Panguni Matham 20) on the tamil calendar. April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Important Poojas and timings

Dharshan (meaning open to the public) hours are from 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. On festival days the temple is open from 4.30 a.m. onwards.

  1. Vilaa Poojai (6.30 a.m.)
  2. Siru Kall Poojai (8.00 a.m.)
  3. Kaala Santhi (9.00 a.m.)
  4. Utchikkala Poojai (12.00 noon)
  5. Raja Alankaram (5.30 p.m.)
  6. Iraakkaala Pujai (8.00 p.m.)
  7. Golden Car Dharshan (6.30 p.m.)

Golden car procession starts at 6.30 p.m. and ends around 7.30 p.m. Those who want to sponsor the same can contact the Devasthanam office (kindly avoid brokers/agents).


Palani Dhandayuthapani Devasthanam is doing a lot of social and maintenance work in and around Palani. They run Hospitals, Colleges, Orphanages and Lodging Houses. Here are their lodging house list.

  1. Dhandapani Nilayam (phone 04545-242325). Tariff: A/C=Rs 500 1st Class delux=Rs 200 1st class=Rs 150 Economy rooms=Rs 60
  2. Cottages (Ph No 04545-242493). In the Giriveethi (Circumference of the holy hill) near the Administrative office of the Palani Temple there are 62 cottages are available and the tariffs are ranging from Rs 120 to Rs 500.
  3. Karthikeyan Viduthi is also run by Devasthanam and it is equipped with 78 Rooms. The tariff is ranging from Rs60 to Rs 120 depending upon the festive seasons
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