Murugan's Aaru Padai

Tiru Avinankudi - Palani

Lord Murugan, Tiruvavinankudi Palani, Virtual Divine

Palani (Tiru Avinankudi) is the third Padai Veedu. It is on an elevation of 1500 feet above sea level. The deity is called Dandayudhapani Swami, The other names of Pazhani are Sivagiri and Sivamalai. Pazhani is at a distance of about 60 km from Dindigul in western Tamil Nadu. While Sri Dandayudhapani blesses devotees from the hill top, there is a more ancient Muruga temple at the foot of the hill, which is called Tiruvavinankudi.

The Bhogar Shrine is in the southwestern corridor of the hill temple. Siddhar Bhogar created the icon (the amalgam of nine minerals) and did daily services. He lived long ago, perhaps 3000 BC. A medical prodigy as he was, he could prepare the amalgam on nine medicinal minerals in proper proportion. In this shrine, pujas are offered to Navadurga, Bhuvaneswari and Maragatha Lingam that were worshipped by Bhogar. It is said that there is a subterranean tunnel linking the shrine with the sanctum sanctorum through which Bhogar is said to go to the main idol and perform daily pujas as he is said to be only in nirvikalpa samadhi.

God : Presiding deity - Lord Subramanya and he is also called Muruga, Dhandayuthapani and Palani Andavar.

Holy waters - Saravana Poigai, Sthala vriksha – Kadamba tree

There are six pujas every day. At 5 am the Lord gives Visvarupa Darshana. The first puja is Vizhapuja at 7:15 am followed by Kala sandhi at 8am, Uchikalam at 12 noon, Sayaraksha at 6 pm and Rakkalam at 8 pm.

Festivals

Panguniuttiram, Thai Pucam, Kanda Sasthi, Agni Nakshatram are the major festivals. Vaikasi Vishakam, Tirukkarttikai and other festivals are also celebrated. The presiding deity, Lord Dandayudhapani Swami, is the son of Lord Siva and son-in-law of Vishnu. He has other names such as Kulandaivelan, Balasubrahmanyan, Shanmukhan, Devasenapati, Swaminathan, Vallimanalan, Devayanaimanalan, Palaniandavar, Kuriñjiandavar, Arumugan, Jñana Pandita, Saravanan, Sevar Kodiyon, etc. Tamils, Keralites, Bengalis, Sri Lankans, Malaysians, Fijians, Africans, Australians and Americans to name a few come here to worship Lord Muruga. Panguni Uttram is celebrated for 10 days as the annual Bhramotsavam. This festival is celebrated only at Tiruvavinankudi in the foothills to Muthukumarar the festival deity here.The Ther Thiruvizha is held on the last day of this festival. Offerings of Kaveri water brought from Kodumudi by thousands of devotees in kaavadis are made to the deity.

Agni Nakshathram is celebrated in the month of Chittirai and Vaikaasi.During this time, thousands of pilgrims circumambulate the hill. Vaikaasi Visaakam is celebrated for 10 days. Skanda sashti is celebrated for 7 days. Soorasamharam is enacted on the last day of this festival in which both Chinna Kumarar the festival image of the hill temple and Muthukumaraswami of Thiruvavinankudu participate. Kaartikai Deepam is celebrated for 10 days. In addition Kaartikai asterism in each month is celebrated with a procession of a golden chariot in the hill temple. Thai poosam is also celebrated for 10 days here. Palani is reached by just three hours drive from any of the nearest airports: Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchy. It is an important railway station on the Dindugal-Coimbatore line. The nearest tourist information office is at Madurai. There is a Palani Devasthanam Information Centre at the Palani bus stand.

Palani is 2 km by road from Palani railway station and is on the Dindigul–Coimbatore railway route.

Opening Times /Phone Numbers :

Morning : 6:00 AM to Evening 9:00 PM
Tel. +91-4545 - 242 293, 242 236, 242 493. Fax: (91) 04545-41417

Address :

The Joint Commissioner/Executive Officer
Arulmigu Dandayudhapani Swami Devasthanam Office
Adivaram Palani - 624 601 India

Location :

Palani is situated in the Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu. The temple is located within 56 km from Dindigul, 120 km from Madurai and 115 km from Coimbatore. There are buses from Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem,Erode, Dindigul,Tiruchirapalli to this temple. Location Map: Click here

Railway Stations:

Palani,Dindigul

Airport:

Devotees from Chennai, other states and foreign countries can reach Madurai, Coimbatore by air. From Madurai or Coimbatore frequent bus facilities are available to reach Palani. - Coimbatore Airport -www.coimbatoreairport.com

Accomations:

Hotel Vels Court
29, Ayyampulli Road, Adivaram, Palani-624601. South India.
Tel: 04545-247770,325551
Hotel Subam Pvt Ltd.
7, North Giri Street, Adivaram, Palani-624 601, Tamilnadu.
Tel: 04545-241410,242672.
The Royal Park
256/W2, Dindigul Road, Near Old RTO Office, Palani - 624601. South India.
Tel: 04545 - 251855.
Hotel Ganpat (P) Ltd
103, Poonga Road, Adivaram, Palani -624601.
Tel: 04545-242294, 325746.