Palani Temple

This hill temple is one of the Arupadai Veedu (six abodes) of Lord Muruga.This ancient temple was built in the 7th Century AD.  by King Cheman Perumal and was later added to by the Naicks.  It is located at an elevation of 1500 feet above sea level cab be reached by climbing 659 steps or by using electrical winch.
In the sanctum, the Lord stands as an young ascetic holding Dhanda (staff).  Hence he is known as Bala Dhandayudhapani.  Siddha Bhogar skilfully crafted the deity out of an amalgam of nine minerals popularly called Navabashna.  It is one of the major pilgrim center in South India.
According to a legend, Muruga lost in a contest with his brother Vinayaka over a rare mango.  He left Kailash in a huff and came down to this hill.  Here, Lord Shiva a pacified Him by saying that He Himself is the embodiment of Gyana (knowledge).  The Lord from then on came to be known as Palani Murugan or Palani Andavar.


 

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