Palani is about 122km from Madurai. The other name of Palani is “Thiruvinankudi.” It is also one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga. This ancient temple was built in 7th century AD by the king Cherman Perumal. It was later added by the Naicks. It is located at an elevation of about 1500 feet. It is above the sea level. We can reach the temple by climbing 659 steps, using an electrical winch or through the Rope car.
The Lord of here stands as a young ascetic holding in the sanctum (ie) Dhanda. Hence, he is known as Bala Dhandayudhapani. This is one of the most hallowed shrines of Lord Murgan. The name Palani is a later coinage. It was (Pazhani), which is said to come from two ‘Tamil’ words. The word ‘Pazham’ means “Fruit.” And ‘nee’ means “you.” The statement conveys that you are the wisdom (fruit).
There is an ancient story that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi described Lord Murugan in these words. After that he had a row with his brother Lord Ganesha. At the foot of the Palani hill, there is also another temple which is dedicated to Sri Subramanyan. The river Shanmuga is also located here.
Siddha Bhogar Skillfully crafted the deity out of an amalgam of nine minerals. This is popularly called as ‘Navabashna’. The prasadham offered to people here is ‘Panchamirtham’.
How to reach
Lots of buses are available to Palani. It is about 122km from Madurai and 105km from Coimbatore. Pazhani has a well connected road to all the major cities in Tamil Nadu.