This is one of the most sought after local delicacies. It is an sweet offering made to Lord Murugan. It is made with bananas, honey, sugar candy, milk and curds. It has a unique taste. You will find it being sold all over the Pazhani Hills.
Piercing of cheeks
Many devotees going to the Murugan temple, pierce their cheeks with "VEL" or the weapon of Lord Murugan which is somewhat like a spear. They use tiny but sharp vels and pierce it through their cheeks. Some of them even pull small chariots or idols tied to this vel that is pierced through their cheeks. It sounds gruesome but this is practiced with great devotion and one cannot fail to admire the faith of the people here.
- Religious Travel
You will find many people carrying what are called Kavadis and going towards the temple. In the kaavadis, they would be carrying either milk, sandal paste, sugar etc to offer to Lord Murugan. They dance while carrying the kaavadis and walk all the way up hill with great devotion. It is quite fascinating to see this religious custom.
Offering of hair!
Many people come to Palani to visit the Murugan Temple here. One of the prominent custom here is to offer one's hair to the Lord. People shave off their hair since hair is considered to be the a mark of beauty and offering this signifies true devotion. Hair is also said to be the only part of the human body that retains energy even after it is removed from the body. Hence it is considered auspicious to offer it at a divine place. Many infants are brought here to get their first shave of hair here. You will find many people with shaven heads applied with sandal paste to keep it the bare head cool. The sandal paste combined with turmeric also acts as an antiseptic.
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