year, there are many minor festivals and a few major festivals are
conducted at Palani. Agni Nakshatram, Kandhar Shasti, Thirukkarthigai,
Thai Poosam and Panguni Uthiram are the major festivals, which are
attended by pilgrims from Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Kerala, Karnataka
and other states. This attendance of devotees indicates the National integration
of the country.
this day, a ten-day festival is conducted at Arulmigu Lakshminarayana
perumal temple. At the Periyanayakiamman Temple also, Lord Muthukumara
Swamy, along with Valli and Deivanai, rides in the silver car along
the streets around the Temple.
This is one of the important festivals at Palani. During the last
7 days of Chitrai and the first 7 days of the following month(i.e.Vaikasi)
the devotees of Lord Muruga go around the Hill by foot, early in
the mornings. As per the Palani mythology, it is considered holy
to worship the Hill temple from afar or from near or go around it. It is also called Girivalam. It is an age old practice. In ancient days the siddhas, rishis, saints and other noble persons followed this practice. Girivalam gives mental peace, the medicinal herbs around the hillock cure many physical diseases. Nowadays people go around the temple by wearing Kadamba Flower.
is celebrated for ten days. At the Perianayaki amman temple, it
is celebrated for 10 days with procession every day. There is car
festival on the 10th day(i.e Visakam). Visakam is Lord Murugas
birthday star. This is celebrated at all Murugan Temples. At Thiruchendur
also this is observed in a grand manner.
During the Tamil month of Aani(3rd month of the Tamil year) Annabhishekam
(abhishekam with fragrant cooked rice) is conducted at Thiruvavinankudi
Temple, Hill Temple, Periyanayagi Amman temple and Periyavudaiyar
Temple. On Aani Uthiram Day, abhisekam is performed to Lord Nataraja
and a procession is conducted with the Lord in the Company of the
icons of the four Tamil Saints.
Aadi Perukku: From Perianayaki amman Temple, Lord Kailasanathar
and Amman go to Periyavudaiyar Koil and after performing Kannimar
Pooja return in a procession .
Aadi Krithigai: This is celebrated in a grand way at Palani.
Devotees carry flower-Kavadi to Lord Muruga and Worship.
Aadi Amavasai: On this day many devotees offer tonsure
on the banks of Shanmuga River and climb the Hill for worship. In
the book of Palani mythology this has been mentioned in the chapter
on Shanmuga Nadi. Devotees consider that they get cleansed
of their sins once they bathe in the Shanmuga River.
Aadi Laksharchana: At Periyanayaki Amman Temple, this is conducted
well , and Amman (Goddess Periyanayaki) is given special abhishekam
and decoration . On the last day of the function, Amman is adorned
with the Golden Kavacham.
KANDHAR SHASTI (SOORA SAMHARAM)
This is a very important festival at Palani, during the 6 days in
the month of Aippasi (7th Tamil month). This is based on the mythological
story of Lord Muruga Killing the demons. On this day only (once
in a year) the Lord comes down the Hill, and after vanquishing the
demons, ascends the Hill again. This is associated with Kandhar
Shasti. The four demons (Gajamugan, Tharagan, Singamugan and Surapadman)
are won by the Lord. It is a grand sight to see the dramatic representation
of this. On this day devotees observe total fasting as they consider
that this will offset all their sins.
Thirugnanasambandars statement Ancient Karthigai day,
we known about the age-old practice of this festival. It falls on
Karthigai Day in the Tamil month of Karthigai. It is celebrated
for 10 days and daily Chinna Kumarar goes in procession
in the small golden carriage. On Karthigai day, he goes in the Golden
Car. On the 10th day, woman devotees light lamps and worship Murugan.
This is done in Thiruvavinankudi, Periyanayagi Amman Temple and
the Hill Temple.This is a very important day for devotees. Every
month also, an Karthigai day, devotees visit Palani.
the Tamil month of Markazhi (9th month) the Hill Temple opens at
3 A.M, and recital of Thiruvembavai is done. The
early morning Pooja is done in all the main Temples in Palani. The recital of Thiruppavai is done at Perumal temple.
is a very important festival , associated with pilgrimage to Palani.
Devotees from Tamil Nadu reach Palani by foot (Pada Yathra) and
worship. Begining with flag-hosting at Perianayagiamman Temple,
this festival runs on for 10 days. Kavadi of various types (with
holy water, sugar, flowers, tender co-conuts, etc., ) are offered
to Murugan at Palani.
On the 6th day, there is procession of Lord Muruga with Valli and
Deivanai in the Silver Car. During this, Kavadi dance and rural
musical-dance are performed. On the 7 th day there is Thai
Thaer (wooden Car) and thousands of devotees participate in
this. On the 7th day Chinna Kumarar goes round in His
also is a very important festival here, and is celebrated for 10
days, devotees carry Kavadies with holy water (from sacred rivers),
sugar, tender co-conut etc. During these 10 days, we can see various
rural dances like Oyilattam, Thappattam, Dhidumattam,Velanattam,
Samiyattametc., along with rural songs. The rural music is
an important part of Paunguni uthiram festival.
The main feature of Panguni Uthiram is the offering of Theertham
(Posts of Holy water) from Kodumudi. Lord Palaniandavar is given
abhishekam with this holy water. The devotees carrying Kavadi to
Palani sing Kavadi - songs throughout their Padayathra
and these songs are ancient oral songs.
On the 1st day, there is flag hoisting at Thiruvavinankugi Temple
and on all the 10 days Lord Muthukumara Swamy with Sri Valli and
Sri Deivanai goes in procession around the Palani Hill. On the 7th
day there is Car Festival and this is attended by thousands
of devotees. During these days the Lord also is given special reception
and pooja at many mandapams in the Palani Adivaram area.
It is a grand sight to see Lord Muruga with his concerts during