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Palani Murugan (Dhandayuthapani) Temple

Palani Murugan (Dhandayuthapani) Temple

By: Hari Prasad Doddi On: 2015-08-08 Category: Ancient Temple Views: 6751
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Palani Murugan (Dhandayuthapani) temple is the third Padai Veedu (Adobe) out of six Adobes. It is an ancient temple located in the town of Palani in Dindigul an elevation of 1500 feet above sea level.

The ancient Palani is a sacred place, praised by Saint Arunagirinathar in his Thiruppugazh and in Kandar Alankaram. He says: Adored by the people of fourteen worlds, the Lord resides atop the Palani Hills In the Thiruppugazh, he praised this place as Palani that is greater than Kasi and as Palani Hill that has many miracles. He also feels sorry for his failure to start early worship of Palani. In Kandar Alankaram he regrets that he missed reading about Palani, worshipping at the feet of Muruga Devotees, calling the divine name of Muruga, offering charities and sobbing with love and joy He doubts whether there is any salvation for him. Many Tamil saints and scholars have sung in praise of the Lord of Palani.


The deity of Palani is known as Dandayudhapani Swami. The deity is in a standing position with a baton in his hand. He has the look of a person who has renounced all worldly pomp. He has just a loincloth besides the baton. He is a mute messenger of the great precept 'Renounce all to reach Me'. The icon is unique in the whole world. It was made by siddha Bhogar by combining nine poisonous substances (Navapashanam). Murugan signifies beauty and Lord Murugan of Kurinji land is the god of Beauty and Youth.

Lord Muruga, in his aspect as Lord Dandayudhapani, stands for repudiation. Shunning all possessions, the only apparel he has chosen to retain is a breech cloth. But his bhaktars never tire of offering him costly garments and enriching his wardrobe with luxurious royal clothes which are used to adorn him when his devotees yearn to see the Lord in the vesture of a King. For indeed, his state is that of a Swami or self-governing Lord.

It is also claimed by many that the materials of abhishegam like milk, sandalpaste, etc., attain medicative properties on being decanted over Lord Palaniandavars idol and they have healed many diseases, when taken by the patients.

The avatar of Palani Andavar is said to have been made of Navapaashanam ( a combination of Veeram, Pooram, Rasam, Jathilingam, Kandagam, Gauri Pasanam, Vellai Pasanam, Mridharsingh, Silasat), by a siddhar called Bhogar.


Lord Muruga had just been outsmarted by his brother Ganesa in a contest for going who around the world first and He was still smarting over the matter. Ganapati had won the fruit (the yhana-pazham) by simply going around his parents. Long after this, Murugan (Subrahmanya) came seating on his peacock to find that the fruit had already been given away. In anger, He consecrated to leave his home and family and came down to Tiru Aavinankudi at the Adivaaram (meaning 'foot of the Sivagiri Hill'). Siva pacified him by saying that Subrahmanya Himself was the fruit (pazham) of all wisdom and knowledge. Hence the place was called Pazham-nee (You are the fruit) or Palani. Later He withdrew to the hill and settled there as a hermit in peace and solitude.


·         Thai poosam

·         Panguni uthiram

·         Chitra pournami

·         Agni nakshatram

·         Vaikaasi festival (celebrated for ten days)

·         Aani-annabhishekam

·         Aadi festivals (aadi perukku, aadi krithigai, aadi amavasai, aadi laksharchana)

·         Kandhar shasti (soora samharam)

·         Thirukkarthigai

·         Markazhi pooja



Pooja Details

05.00 A.M

Vishvaruba Dharsanam

06.50 A.M

Vila pooja

08.00 A.M

Sirukala Shanthi Pooja

09.00 A.M

Kala Shanthi Pooja

12.00 Noon

Uchi Kaala Pooja (Afternoon pooja)

05.30 P.M

Sayaraksha (Evening) Pooja

08:00 PM

Rakaala Pooja


Nearby Places:

·         Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple

·         Thirumoorthy Hills - Thirumoorthy Temple

·         Arulmigu Mariamman Temple, Udumalpet

·         Arulmigu Gobinathaswamy Temple

·         Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple

·         Arulmigu Srinivasaperumal Temple


City                        : Palani

Dist.                       : Dindigul

State                       : Tamil Nadu

Country                : India

PIN                        : 624601

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