In the Adivaram or the foothills there are many shops selling all kinds of things. It is quite fascinating to go around and look even if you do not want to shop for something particular. Photos, idols, Vibuthi (sacred ash), vermillion powder, bangles, toys and other things for children and much more are available at very reasonable rates. It is fun to walk around the whole area. Beware of your belongings while strolling around.
It might seem a silly thing to do, but nevertheless!! Near the foothills of the Murugan Temple in Palani, there are many who would artfully decorate your car rear glass!! They use colour powders and the effect is quite stunning. Just for a very nominal amount you could get this done
It is a great experience to go up the winch to reach the Murugan Temple on top. The scenery on the way is beautiful and the devoted cries of the people on the way is to be experienced to be understood. The winch operates at specific timings but throughout the day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. with nominal charges.
The Murugan Temple in Pazhani is an old Hindu temple and rituals are carried out following age old traditions. It is very fascinating to see the practices in the temple and those of the devotees. If you are fortunate, you can get to see the Lord's statue being taken around the temple in a Golden Chariot. It is a visual treat. Devotees throng to see this and to pull the chariot. The temple is bound to be crowded.
Idumban Temple Palani
This Temple on hill is next to Palani Hill and its hardly visited by devotees which is quite strange for me as he is the guy from whom god snatched home for living. ( Long story to explain in short I am using simple language )
He was carrying two hill for his master and thought of taking rest at this place. At this time God Murugan came to this place and made this two hill so heavy that Idumban was not able to lift it. Ultimately they had big fight and Idumban lost this fight and two hills too. One hill was occupied by Lord Murugan and Idumban turned out to be big follower of lord Murugan and he occupied other hill.
This hill if you are planning to visit then be ready to get on to this steps its almost like more than 500 steps and for resting only three places are provided and all other steps are not covered by shade. So its better to go to visit this place early in the morning or late in the evening. Even if you are planning to go during day time then please carry bottle of water as you wont find any shops in between and on top there is water tank but that water can not be used for drinking. I dont have picture of deity ( Idumban ) here as we were not allowed to take picture. I hope you will enjoy this place too.
View of Palani hill Temple and Palani city can be best enjoyed from this place. I took my picture of Palani temple from this place as Golden Gopuram is not visible from temple premises.
South Indian style kaapi!
Tradition of Coffee is famous is all over south india and this review is for Tamilnadu general tip. Even though Instant coffee is famous serving traditional filter coffee is famous all over south india and still loved by lot of coffee lover.
Tradition Filter coffee is prepared by using two container
This website explains preparation for coffee step by step and really good explanation given on it.
In picture Traditional Madras-style Dabarah / Davarah and tumbler placed with the open end facing down as customary. This was the first time I saw coffee served like this. And it amazed me totally.
Gopuram of Palani
The Gopurams or the Gopura are a prominent feature of Hindu Temples in the South of India. Gopurams are monumental towers,sth like pyramids in Egypt,well decorated and are the gateways through the walls that encircle the temple.
The Gopurams are mainly rectangular in shape tapering as they rise to the sky. The base of the Gopurams has ground level wooden doors very nicely decorated which provide access to the tower/Gopuram. As the Gopuram rises up, its size reduces and gradually reduces in diminishing storeys as the tower of the Gopura narrows. The Gopura is topped with the Sikhara Amalaka, a bulbous stone finial. The Gopurams are all over decorated with sculptures and carvings of figures derived from Hindu mythology especially those associated with the presiding deity.
Fierce Monster Images with protruding eyes and horns,mark the arched ends ends of vaulted roofs,and serves as gaurdian deities.
Sculptures on Gopurum
The Sculptures of the deities on the tower are repaired,repainted and ritually reconsecrated every 12 years
Opening on Gopurum
Opening in the middle of the long sides allow light to enter the hollow chambers at all level
Shiva and Nandi Bull
Bull or Named " Nandi " is the mount and principal follower of God Shiva and can be found at the entrance of most of the temples.
Even it is considered as god too.This deity- also known as Pasupati is believed to have been worshipped as the keeper of herds.
This place is near to Valli's cave. This review is general for all Hindu temple.
Valli cave & Wedding of Lord Murugan with Valli
This place can be reached by taking Yanai Padai ( Path meant for Elephant ),Valli spring is on overflow from a mountain-spring. It collects itself in a depression and forms a tank. Its surrounded by Fence and not allowed to enter. Its not entirely fenced but its safe not to put leg inside as the surface is very slippery and there was a case of person died here few years back.
Its really a long story to put it here, wikipedia has explained it really well.
Goddess Valli had love for Lord Murugan even in her previous life. The Lord was moved by the highest form of love expressed by Valli and he decided to woo her.
Valli's father assigned Valli to take in-charge of protecting the field from birds and animals who might damage the crops. Lord Murugan thought this is the best opportunity to meet Valli and therefore He assumed the form of a handsome tribal hunter and appeared before her, as if he lost his way on chasing a deer during hunting.
Valli did not recognize the stranger and promptly asked him to leave the place. And Hunter proposed his love to Valli.
Valli refused Hunter's proposal as she loved Lord Murugan only. This time Vallil's father about to come to meet valli and Hunter changed himself to old man. And Valli's father asked old man to stay with Valli till they return.
The old man was hungry and asked Valli for food, but it made him thirsty and asked for water. She gave him water and Lord in the form of old man asked him to get married to him. Valli got angered by old man's stupidity and Lord Murugan asked help from His brother, Lord Ganesha to appear as a wild elephant at that time. On seeing the wild elephant, Valli was scared and ran back to the old man, pleading Him to save Her from the elephant. Lord Muruga proposes to save Her only if She agrees to marry Him. she agrees and the Lord reveals His true form. It was then Valli realises that it was her beloved Lord, who was with her all the time.
Yanai Padai ( Path Meant for Elephant )
It simple, Elephant cant climb on steps to go on top of Palani Hill, so this path is built for Elephant
And winch and cable car started for devotees is in operation since 2005 before that elderly people/ people with physical difficult and those who were lazy they used to take this path to avoid grueling physical activity of climbing 950 plus steps. And climbing this steps without sandals its really difficult. Yes we have to leave our sandals or shoes before starting climbing on these steps.
And heat is also one of the biggest challenge here. there are few shades available on both the path but the remaining path will be heated up with heat from sun. So its better to take this Yanai Padai instead of steps. Incase if you have any wish to be fulfilled and prayed to god then you are free to take steps.
Short cut to Mahendi Tradition.
This you will find when walking on Hill to Palani Temple, on the Yanai Padai ( Path meant for Elephant ) its easy and simple. Prints are readily available, just dip into ink and press on hand. It will stay on hand for one week depending upon various factor and cost is just 5 Rs. per hand i.e just 0.25 cents for two hands.
And in south india Mahendi tradition is not that famous but now the thing is catching up and in big cities like chennai you will find people from north india sitting at road side and finish both hand in less than one hour and they charge just 40 Rs. or approximately 1$ for one hand. But if you dont want to wait for one hour then in that case this place is for you, just 2 minutes job. but the quality of print is not that great. Anyways enjoy getting your hand painted.
Taking blessing from Elephant.
This practice of getting blessing from Elephant, you will in south indian temples only. And its like getting blessing from God directly. For token devotees may pay very little amount to keeper of Elephant.
You will see this Elephant at the entrance of the Palani Hills.
Right now Animal right activist are trying to get ban on the practice of keeping elephant at the door step of Temple. Its been reported that the living condition of these elephant is not that good and on average day this elephant has to bless around 500 people and during peak season this number may increase to 2000 too. I did not take blessing from elephant as I dont want to torture elephant just for my belief. I hope you will also spread this word to your family and friends when visiting indian temples. Thanks a lot in advance.
Music for Ears
Enjoy some music by local musician, its only during evening. They play classical music and they were all good.
Its only during evening and sad part is other time of the day people are using this stage for sleeping and most pathetic thing I saw one family having their lunch on this stage. I felt really angry but this is india. And if you are planning your visit in the morning or afternoon then we can find lot of people with their breakfast or lunch on temple premises. I hate this thing but people are literate but not educated, thats the way it is.
Rope Car at Palani Temple
There are two options are available to get on top of Palani Hill Temple, One is Rope car / Winch Car and out of which when we were there only this Rope Cable car was working. Other one was not working and other option is using stairs.
This facility introduced by Tamilnadu Government and its really working good and without any mishaps till date. Climbing on Hill top temple we have to climb some 690 plus steps or we can go by path created for Elephant which is also known as " Yanai Padai ". Compared to these two options taking Rope Cable Car is viable option for people with physical problems. This temple is visited by more than 5 million people every year from every part of india. And this Cable car is good facility introduced here.
Charges for this Cable car is really cheap, there are two option are available. For using same cable car one ticket will cost you 50 Rs. and other ticket will cost you 15 Rs. so now the confusion comes.... Which ticket to go for. Good part of using this cable car is there will not be any biased behaviour from temple authority and person standing in both queue will be given same preference. So whichever ticket we choose we are same for this temple authority. Still its better to go for this 50 Rs. or 1$ Ticket crowd will be little less here.
We bought 15 Rs. ticket once because there were not a single person in that queue so choose wisely. And this charge is for one side journey, again for getting down you have to stand in queue and buy ticket.Total journey covered in less than 5 minutes and best view of Palani city and near by places can be seen from this Cable Car. 4 person can occupy one cabin.
And one very important thing to remember if you are going in the evening for Golden Chairot Darshan then get back to this Cable car counter once its over otherwise you have to wait in long queue and its like big group of herds caged in one place.
The rope car operates from 7 am to 9 pm with a break at 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm.
Funny Mode of Transportation.
When I first saw this I was just laughing, I had experienced ride on this vehicle first time when I visited Palani and I was just 7 years old and still things has not changed much and to my amusement people were still using it now. Even today when we got much better facilities than this.
I thought of trying it out again but dropped the idea even it was cheap... Its time consuming but still we can do it for fun.
Its really cheap for one ride they were just charging 50-60 Rs. or 1.5$