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...more
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 donemore
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Shiva and Nandi BullBull 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...more
Valli cave & Wedding of Lord Murugan with ValliThis 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...more
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 ElephantAnd 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Festivals and Best time to visit Palani Temple 1)Chitra Pournami--- April 2nd half -May 1st half---This is a 10 days festival2) Agni Natchathiram---May/June3)Vaikasi Visakam ---from may 2nd half to June 1st half4) Aani Annabhishekam--- from June 2nd half to July 2nd half5)Aadi--from July 2nd half to August 1st half6)Aadi Laksharchana---July/August...more
SIX DAILY POOJA'S/ WORSHIP TIMINGS Darshan meaning open to the public1-----Vilaa Pooja 2-----Siru Kall Pooja 3------Kaala Santhi4------Utchikkala Pooja5------Raja Alankaram 6------Iraakkaala Puja And we can find big bell on the Temple premises which rings at various time of the day to indicated the Pooja Timing. After all these Pooja's at different...more
The Idol--Palani MuruganINTERESTING FACTS ABOUT IDOL--------The idol was created by Saint called Bhogar, Bhogar shrine is in the southwestern corridor of the temple. This Idol created by amalgam of nine Poisons/ Elements/ Minerals and as a result of this unknown we have wax kind of structure and till date not a single scientist able to find out the...more
We stayed at Subam Hotel and this same hotel has restaurant at ground floor, nothing fancy about this restaurant, you will get local food and that also not that expensive, Kitchen is visible from restaurant, they have kept things very neat and clean so no need to worry about it.
I did not like the quality of food, I mean taste was not that good. And we tried other places which were little cheaper and better than this place. we get lot of options in palani so no need to worry ,only thing I did not find any fancy or big end restaurant in palani so its all basic.
And one more thing to add here, just because this Palani temple visited by devotees from all over india, this restaurant lost its touch for south indian meal. It was like combination of everything, all states of india but not tamilnadu. The meal was nothing like tamilnadu meal I didnt liked it and I am not recommending it to anybody.
To travel within Palani, there are many buses, autos and cabs. If hiring a cab, then it is better to enquire with more than one travel agent/ cab service before finalizing on a cab. Very often the cab drivers are quite informative and offer to guide you. It is better not to seek their help to take you to shops.more
You can hire a car or take your own to Palani. The approach roads are good. Equipped with a road map, it is easy to drive down. However if going from Chennai, it is better you take the plane or train or the overnight bus. The bus being the last option due to the tedious nature of the drive.more
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...more
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.more
Palani General Tips
1)----> Using footwear on the Palani hill steps is not allowed and dont forget to leave your footwear here at Free chapal(Footwear) stand. And shop keeper near to this stand will ask us to leave our footwear at their shops and they will guard our footwear and in return we have to purchase sth from their shop. We left our footwear at this stand its free and if you wish then you can pay out of gratitude but they wont ask you for money. The most important thing once you deposit your footwear they will give you token for that and you have to return it back to get your footwear back. If you loose that token then you have to fight hard for you footwear, probably you will not it back.
2)--->Avoid using footwear on Palani temple steps, and dont use Lungies/Sarong when entering into temple premises.
3,5)--->This temple has Reverse Osmosis plant for drinking water. I saw at two place they got this plant and its in working condition. Quality of water is really good as the plant is working. And Drinking water points are available at short distance. So even if you are not carrying bottled water with you no need to worry. Apart from that lot of shops on the way selling bottled water we can buy too.
4)---->Toilets are also available on the way so no need to worry in case of nature's call.