The Palani Hill temple has
been constructed on the top of a hill. It is said that the temple was built by
a Chera King.
On the outer walls of Lord Muruga’s shrine there are many edicts, made by some
Pandya Kings, Sadayavarman sundarapandiyan, Sadayavarman veerapandian, Veera
Nanjana wudaiyar , Mallikarjuna Devarayar II and others. The edict by
Sundarapandiyan is the oldest of all. He was also Known as Kongupandiyan and was
the famous king of the later Pandya Dynasty . He ascended the throne in 1251
From the inscriptions on the wall, he come to know that many kings have gifted
lands and villages to the temple to enable the conduct of regular Poojas. In
1300 AD king Jatavarman sundrapandian gifted a village for carrying a special
daily ‘Pooja’ in his name. It is called “Avani Vendha Raman Sandhi”.
2. SCULPTURE AT THE HILL TEMPLE:
In the front Mandapam of the temple there are many beautiful and artistic
sculpture pieces – live Siddhas in penance, parrot, peacock, deer, Karpaga
vriksha (Divine Tree ) and so on. There are also icons of Dhandayuthapani. His
devotees, as also ‘Yaali’ . At the entrance near the Raja Gopuram there are two
nice sculpture pieces - a young lady carrying her child in the right arm and
carrying a flower basket in the left; another beautiful lady , the friend of the
first standing in front of her. There are pillars with Yaali in the Paaravel
Mandapam. In the ‘Ardha Mandapam’ there are sculptures of young, good looking
damsels. They create a sense of admiration in the minds of the
The Tamils belive that Murugan resides where there is beauty. The ‘Sanctum’ of
Dhandayuthapani Swami is full of art-work. The ceiling here having the
‘Kodungai’ design speaks of the talent of the sculptors. The balcony - like
structure on the outer side of this area adds beauty.
Such artistic work can be seen on the pillars of Thiruvavinankudi temple and
Periyanayagiamman temple. In the Navaranga Mandapam here there are two pieces –
the divine dance of Lord Siva and (opposite to this ) the dance of Kali after
her shedding her ego .
In the temple – walls of Periyanayaki Ammam Temple there is a
beautiful ancient painting, revealing the art of singers, artists and dancers.
It belongs to the Nayak period.
4. ANCIENT COINS :
In Palani area , old coins
of ancient kingdoms were also found.