Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy

Temple History

The temple was believed to be constructed by Cheraman Perumal – A king of the chera dynasty. There is an interesting story about it. When the king was touring the Palani hills, Lord Murugan came and gave a darshan in his dream. He instructed the king to rebuild the hill temple. The Chera King went up the hill and really found the idol of Murugan. He with all devotion rebuilt the present temple.

Agastya a sage, ordered his disciple Idumban to carry the hills Sivagiri and Sakthigiri to south. Idumban asked the help of Brahma, who is the God of creation, provided Idumban with his ‘Dhanda’-a solid rod. Idumban balanced the mountains on both the ends of the rod and carried them. After traveling a long way, Idumban decided to grab some rest and placed the mountains down.

Meanwhile, Naradha Maharishi another sage, had brought a divine fruit known as the ‘Gnanappazham’ - Fruit of Knowledge and gifted it to Shiva and Parvathi. Lord Shiva told his sons Lord Ganapathy and Lord Murugan that the first one among them to circle the globe or world would win the fruit. Accepting the challenge Lord Murugan quickly set off on his vehicle, Mayilvaganam- the Peacock. But Ganesh just circled his parents and said that parents are his world. The astute reasoning impressed Shiva and so he gave the Gnanapazham to Lord Ganesh. When Lord Murugan returned, he was very disappointed with Lord Shiva’s decision. So he left his parents and came to Thiru Aavinankudi at the adivaram (foot of Sivagiri hill). Shiva calmed him down by saying that Lord Murugan himself was a fruit of all knowledge (Pazham nee- Pazham is fruit and nee means you: that you are the fruit of knowledge) and hence the name Palani had evolved. Later on it is said that Lord Murugan settled down in Palani as a hermit just with a loin cloth and stick symbolizing humbleness and simplicity.

Kavadi is the vow in which People have to shoulder the two vessels connected to the both ends of a stick, each at one end. The baskets will be full of offerings like milk or tender coconut or Annam/ rice as per their wish. They will have to carry the kavadi and its contents to Lord Murugan at Palani.

He deity of Palani is known as Dandayudhapani Swami, the Lord having the Staff in his Hand. The deity at the sanctum sanctorum is made out of an amalgam of nine minerals popularly called Navapashanam. Some people say it is a combination of medicinal herbs. It consits of the following items: Veeram, Pooram, Rasam, Jathilingam, Kandagam, Gauri Pasanam, Vellai Pasanam, Mridharsingh, Silasat. The deity is in a standing position with a baton in his hand. He has the look of a person who has renounced all worldly pomp. He has just a loincloth besides the baton. He is a mute messenger of the great precept 'Renounce all to reach me'. The icon is unique in the whole world. It was made by siddha Bhogar by combining nine poisonous substances (Navapashanam).

Devotees worship Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy with Chariot's (Gold, Silver and Wooden) and Golden Prarthana Cradle.


Additional Information

Temple is maintaining the Winch and Rope car facility for the transport facility from downhill to uphill.

Temple is maintaining the Lodge facility for the accommodation of pilgrims. Pilgrims can reserve the accommodation and sevas through temple's website. Tempel is organizing the Nityannadam scheme for the devotees. Private hotels and lodges available in Palani city.

Kodaikanal hill station (66.6 Km) is the famous tourist place near Palani.

Palani Railway Station 2.2 Km, Palani Bus Stand 1 Km

Coimbatore International Airport 113 Km and Madurai International Airport 138 Km
  • Free Dharsanam at 6:00 AM to Evening 10:00 PM, Raja Alankaram at 5:30 AM and Vishvaruba Dharsanam at 5:40 AM. Festival Days opens at 4:00 AM
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: (+91) 4545 242 236 , 242 467, 241 417