Palani Murugan Temple, Tamil Nadu
Palani Arulmigu Shri Dhandayuthapani temple is one of the Six Abodes of Murugan and is located in the town of Palani in Dindigul (100 km southeast of Coimbatore and northwest of Madurai in the foot-hills of the Palani hills, Tamil Nadu, India). This temple is considered synonymous with Panchamirtam, a sweet mixture made of five ingredients. History & Legend Sage Narada visited the celestial court of Shiva at Mount Kailash to present to him a fruit, the gyana-palam (can also be termed as the fruit of knowledge). He said to Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikaya that whoever first circled the world thrice will be awarded with the fruit. Both of them accepted the challenge. Karthikeya started his journey around the globe on his mount peacock. Ganesha, who summarised that his parents are his world, circumambulated them and won the fruit. Karthikeya was angry and later chose to remain as a hermit to Palani. The idol of the Muruga in Palani was created and consecrated by sage Bogar, one of Hinduism's eighteen great siddhas, out of an amalgam of nine poisons or Navapashanam. (The icon made by siddha Bhogar by combining nine poisonous substances). The deity at the sanctum sanctorum is made out of an amalgam of nine minerals popularly called Navapashanam. Some people say it is a combination of medicinal herbs. It consits of the following items: Veeram, Pooram, Rasam, Jathilingam, Kandagam, Gauri Pasanam, Vellai Pasanam, Mridharsingh, Silasat. Architectural style: Dravidian architecture Address: Palani, Dindigul District, Palani 624601, India Website: http://www.palanimurugantemple.tnhrce.in/ Contact No. 04545 242 236 Darshan & Puja Timings: Vishvaruba Dharsanam- 5.40 A.M Vila pooja- 6.50 A.M Sirukala Shanthi Pooja - 8.00 AM Kala Shanthi Pooja- 9.00 A.M Uchi Kaala Pooja (Afternoon pooja)- 12.00 NOON Sayaraksha (Evening) Pooja- 5.30 P.M Rakaala Pooja- 8.00 P.M Places to Stay During the Visit: The Temple has Five lodging facilities for pilgrims: 1.Dhandapani Nilayam, 2.Karthikeyan viduthi (Lodge) 3. Goshala Viduthi 4. Cottages and 5.Velavan Viduthi (Lodge). How to Reach: By Air: Palani is approx. 3 hours’ drive from any of the nearest airports: Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchy. The nearest tourist information office is at Madurai. By Bus: Palani is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses. Also, various state transport corporation and a lot of private buses available from Palani to major cities in Tamil Nadu & Kerela. By Train: There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Palani. The nearest Railway Station: Palani (PLNI). Other Top Attractions to visit: Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple: Often referred as Anaimalai Masani Amman Temple, this abode is a highly revered shrine situated at Anaimalai, Coimbatore District (Tamil Nadu). The temple enshrines Goddess Arulmigu Masani Amman as the presiding deity. The deity is seen in a lying posture measuring 15 feet from head to foot. In this temple, other deities also worshipped including Neethi Kal and Mahamuniappan. It is said that Lord Ram stayed here when he has searching for Maa Sita. Thirumoorthy Temple : This temple is situated at the foot of the hill adjacent to Thirumoorthy Dam. Importance of this temple is three Moorthy Idols originate in same place. A perennial stream flows by the side of Sri Amaralingeswarar temple and nearby there is Thirumoorthy falls. It is also believed that a few years ago Athari Maharishi along with his wife Anushiya devi lived here. Arulmigu Mariamman Temple: Located in the city of Udumalpet, Coimbatore, this temple is believed to be about 500 years old. The main deity, Mariamman, is made of sand and clay like many of the traditional Mariamman deities.