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Arulmigu Dandayudhapani Swami


History of Palani 

          Palani has been mentioned in the Tamil Sangam Literature as “Podhini”,  which came to be called as “Palani” later, according to the historions. In “Thirumurukatruppadai” ( a Sangam Literature ) Palani has been mentioned as the 3rd “PadaiVeedu”. This was the southern end of the Kongu Nadu and edicts refer to this place as “Vaiyapuri Nadu” , which was ruled by king “Vaiyapuri Kopperumbaegan”. Many “Siddhas” are said to have lived in this region. The idol of Palani Andavar is said to have been made of “Navapashanam” ( a combination of  Veeram, Pooram, Rasam, Jathilingam, Kandagam, Gauri Pasanam, Vellai Pasanam, Mridharsingh, Silasat),  by a siddhar called Bhogar. It is also claimed by many that the materials of abhishegam like milk, sandalpaste, etc., attain medicinal  properties on being poured over Lord Palaniandavar’s idol and they have cured many diseases, when taken by the patients. It is a speciality of Palani.


          “ The History of Palani” written by Balasubramania Kavirayar speaks about the glory of this place. This  contains  23 chapters in 987 verses, and was written in 1628AD. The Temple Office has released a new and revised book in 1998.

  1. Mythology  >> The story of Lord Muruga, why He left Kailasa and came to Palani, and how Palani got its name.

  2. Kavadi >>How kavadi tradition came to palani?

  3. Temple >>Details of Palani temple.

  4. Siddha Bhogar >> An Oceanic Life Story

  5. Navapashanam >>The icon made by siddha Bhogar by combining nine poisonous substances (Navapashanam).

  6. Archaeological Details  >>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.

  7. The Glory of Palani >>The ancient ‘Palani’ is a  sacred place, praised by  Saint  Arunagirinathar in his Thiruppugazh and in Kandar  Alankaram.