This ancient and large temple at the foot of the hill is the third
Padai-Vîdu celebrated in song, classics, legend and tradition
since antiquity. The official name of the shrine is Kulandai Vêlâlyudhaswâmi
Temple; Thiru Avinankudi is the name of the place. A sacred tank
is attached to the temple.
is among the earliest abodes of Muruga and perhaps it had humble
beginnings under the shade of the Nelli tree (amla). Poet Nakkirar
says that God Muruga holds at Thiru Avinankudi a Royal Court of all
gods with saints emancipated and clad in saffron-dyed clothes and
deer skin. The presiding deity is Muruga as a child sitting on a
peacock. A convenient and full view can be taken by the worshippers
since the sanctum is on an elevation. He is like a kindly monarch
on His throne who receives the humble tributes and petitions of
His loyal subjects. The festival deity and the Nelli and Nagalinga
flora and the shrine of Arunagirinâthar are worth your notice.
The temple was
renovated lavishly between 1898 and 1910 by N. M. Subramanian Chettiar
of Karaikudi and K. P. S. Palaniappa Chettiar of Kandanur. SP. Ramanathan
Chettiar and other members of the first donor's family have added
in 1968 a majestic râja gopuram one of Palani's landmarks
visible from the hill-temple. Since the late 1970's, a few small
shrines and an artistic mandapam have been constructed, adding to
the beauty of an already beautiful temple.