When a friend came to his home in Palani, it was my turn to go and visit him, coz last time, he came over to visit me. You know, what’s slipping out of mind. Yeah! It happened. I totally forgot that I had to visit him on Sunday. I planned for some more ideas on Sunday, when he called up on Saturday night to ask ‘What time was I leaving.?’. I was like ‘OMG! I have to some tomo right! Ok. I’ll come over!!!’. And next morning, there I was in Palani.
He picked me up from the bus stand. In a moment we were at his home. I should say, his parents and the beautiful sister were so hospitable that I felt at home completely. After chatting for a while and after I explored his iball touch pad, we were off to the temple tour.
Legend of Palani is that when Lord Muruga and Lord Ganapathy had a tiff about who would take the coveted mango. Finally their parents Lord Shiva and Parvathi, kept a competition for them and the winner would win the mango. The competition was to go around the world thrice. While Lord Muruga started off, Lord Ganapathy came around their parents thrice and said, ‘You two are my World’, and invariably the mango went to him. When Lord Muruga came back he literally got freaked out, and set off to Palani Malai leaving all his belongings behind and with complete frustration and anger. Reaching Palani, he just sat the top of the hill. So that’s the story behind the Palani Bala Murugan temple atop the hill.
So when Lord Muruga is so angry, as dutiful parents Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi came over to cool him off. When they reached here, they got so impressed of the beauty of the nature here, and decided to stay here.
Our first stoppage was at Periyanayaki Amman Koil aka Brihan Nayaki
The main diety is of course Brahan Nayaki. Lord Shiva as Brahadishwarar is decided to stay some where else. I’ll come to that later. Shrines are here for Somaskandhar, Chandikesar, Suriyan. Also there are the bronze sculptures of the 63 Saivaite Saints.
This temple is located pretty near to the main Balamurugan temple. And the temple has no Gopuram or Vimanam.
From there our we took off and our second stoppage was at Periya Avudayar Koil. This temple is located on the highway to Dharapuram at about 4km from Palani.
You could spot it with the arch to the left of the highway. From the arch, the temple is located some 4 km in the interior.
The lushness of the greenery was awesome. But the road was pathetic. Its under construction. Also a railway track is here under construction for the Kasi - Rameshwaram Express to be soon launched.
Somehow without puncturing our vehicle we managed to reach the temple. Unfortunately this temple has been renovated and has lost its ancient look. Its polished with marbles and cement, much to my disappointment.
Behind this temple id the Shanmuga River which is a branch of Cauvery. The scenic beauty here was inspiring.
I could sit there for hours together!!! But sadly, I didn’t for practical reasons!!!
The temple tree or the Sthala Vruksham here is Kadamba Tree. Pretty unusually here in Palani, God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi are in separate temples. Sculptures in both the temples were great. That too here in Periyavudayar Koil it was mind blowing. The Nandhi and the Dakshinamurthy Statue here definitely requires a specific mention. The detailing in either are inexplicable. The leaf details of Dakshinamurthy and the jewellery details of Nandhi must be seen carefully.
From here we came back to Palani and our third stoppage was at
Thiruvavinankudi is to be split as Thiru Aa Vinan Ku Di. Thiru means Goddess Lakshmi; Aa means cow i.e. Kamadhenu; Vinan is Suriyan; Ku is Goddess Parwathi; Di means Agni. That is the meaning of the temple’s name.
The special factor about all these 3 temples is that the temples do not close in afternoon. So choose your own timings to go here. Good thing na!!!
After a great visit and lots of blessings, I was back to my friend’s home for a delicious meal. Brinjal Sambar, Cauliflower sidedish, Potato sidedish, Rasam (a Tamil Nadu speciality, a must try for all new visitors to Tamil Nadu!!!), Curd, Ginger Pickle, and… Payasam: a South Indian dessert – Ha… Should I say any thing more.? Isn’t it self explanatory that I hogged on it!!!!!
P.S.1: I had already gone to the
P.S.2: Forget not to get your Panchamridham and Thinai Maavu which are two delicacies and specialties of Palani.
TO REACH THERE:
From Trichy: 159 km via Dindigul
To Stay: Being a major pilgrimage centre, Palani has several lodges and hotels at all price points.
Dedicated to Rathish, his mom and sis Shalini.
Shalini, I love that Cauliflower. Its taste still linger in my mouth my dear!!!