THE GLORY OF PALANI
The ancient ‘Palani’ is a sacred place, praised by Saint Arunagirinathar in
his Thiruppugazh and in Kandar Alankaram. He says:
Adored by the people of fourteen worlds,
the Lord resides atop the Palani Hills “
In the Thiruppugazh, he praised this place as “Palani that is greater than Kasi”
and as “Palani Hill that has many miracles”. He also feels sorry for his failure
to start early worship of Palani. In Kandar Alankaram he regrets that he “
missed reading about Palani, worshipping at the feet of Muruga Devotees, calling
the divine name of ‘Muruga’, offering charities and sobbing with love and joy”.
He doubts whether there is any salvation for him.
Many Tamil saints and scholars have sung in praise of the Lord of Palani. For
example: Arunagirinathar has sung 97 songs (Thiruppugazh): Dhandapani swamigal
has given as “Palani Thiruvayiram” and Vijayagiri Velachinnavaiyam “Palani
Pillai Tamil “.
“Palani Malai Vadivelar Sannadhimurai“ speaks of the discipline of Palani –
worship, the good results of this , the sacred ponds of Palani, and the
‘Kavadi’ offered here. It points out the great benefits, as also the sure remedy
for many ailments of the people.
PLACES OF “ THEERTHAM ”
Saravana poigai, near
Thiruvavinangudi, and the Shanmuga River are the sacred water- sources of
Palani, where the devotees bathe before worshipping at the Temple.
The temple is open on all
days from 6 AM to 8-30 PM. On Krithigai and other festival days it opens at 4
AM. Without any fee, all can have dharsan here.