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Palani Murugan Temple, Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Thirukoil

TamilNadu, Dindigul

Palani (or Pazhani) is a town and a municipality in Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu and houses The Palani Murugan Temple dedicated to Hindu war God Kartikeya. The temple is situated on a hill overlooking the town and is visited by more than 7 million pilgrims each year. Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple or the Palani Murugan Temple is the third among the six Padaiveedu's of Lord Muruga. The temple was believed to be constructed by Cheraman Perumal - A king of the chera dynasty.


According to the legends, Sage Narada once visited Lord Shiva at Mount Kailash, to present him a fruit, the gyana- palam (literally the fruit of knowledge.). Shiva decided to give the fruit to his sons, Lord Ganesha and Lord Muruga equally by cutting the fruit. But, Narada was against cutting the fruit. So, Shiva decided that whichever of his two sons first circles the world thrice, will be awarded the fruit. Lord Muruga started his journey on hi...View more


The Palani Temple is built in Dravidian architecture style. The main Temple to Dhandayudapani is located on top of the Palani hill. The inner most sanctum is crowned with a gold plated vimanam. The entrance to the inner temple is through the Manikatti, and the Kattai gopuravaasal mandapams constructed by local chieftans. The beautiful navaranga mandapam supported by 12 pillars is located in front of the sanctum. The hill is 450 feet in height, re...View more

Darsan Info

Timings : Darshan  hours are from 6.00 AM to 8.00 PM. On festival days the temple opens at 4.30 AM.

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Darsan Dresscode

Male devotees have been advised to wear dhoti, shirt, pyjama or pant and shirt while women and girls should wear saris or churidhar or 'pavadai' with half-sari. Devotees wearing lungi, bermudas, jeans and tight-leggings would not be allowed.


Tamil Nadu is famous for sculpture and paintings in temples. Palani temples, which were close to the hearts of various dynasties of Kings, have its own beautiful pieces.

Location and Contact

Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Thirukoil, Palani, Tamil Nadu 624601

91 4545242236 , 91 4545242467, 91 4545241417

Palani can be reached by just three hours drive from any of the nearest airports: Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchy.
Trains to Palani are available from Coimbatore, Palakkad and Dindigul. The Murugan Temple is about 2 km from the railway station . It is an important railway station on the Dindugal-Coimbatore line.
The state transport corporation buses and a lot of private buses available from Palani to major cities in Tamil Nadu (Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tuticorin etc) and also to the neighboring state of Kerala(Palakkadu, Kochin).

Additional Info

  1. The temple has 5 lodging facilities:                      
    1. Dhandapani Nilayam - 91 4545242325
    2.Karthikeyan viduthi (Lodge),
    3. Goshala Viduthi
    4. Cottages and
    5.Velavan Viduthi (Lodge).
  2. ICICI Bank ATM, SBI Bank ATM, Canara Bank ATM
  3. Yes
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Temple Rituals

The most esteemed form of worship at the temple is the abhishekam - anointment of the idol with oils, sandalwood paste, milk, unguents and the like and then bathing it with water in an act of ritual purification. The most prominent abhishekams are conducted at the ceremonies to mark the hours of the day. These are four in number - the Vizha Poojai, early in the morning, the Ucchikalam, in the afternoon, the Sayarakshai, in the evening and the Rakkalam, at night, immediately prior to the temple being closed for the day.

Regular Offerings

Devotees offer Panchamirtham for abhishekam and receive it back as prasadam.

Special Rituals

Offering Kavadi to Lord Muruga is of great significance as it brings peace and good luck. Taking Kavadi during Thaipusam is considered highly auspicious.  One of the chief traditions of the temple is the tonsuring of devotees and mundan where devotees discard their hair in imitation of the Lord of Palani.

Famous Festival

Thai Poosam Thiruvizha - January /February
Panguni Uthiram - March / April
Aadi Laksharchana - July/August
VijayaDasami Vizha, Navarathri Pooja Ambu uduthal Vizha - September/ October
Kandha Shasti (Soora Samharam) - October/ November
Thirukarthigai Vizha (Peria Karthigai) - November /December
Thirupallieluchi Thiruvizha - December/January

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