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“Raja Alankaram”

Palani Murugan Temple
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Palani
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 20 March 2012

Access by the main staircase cut into the hill-side and by the yanai-padhai or elephant's path a good walk and the idol of the Lord Muruga in Palani, was created and consecrated by the Sage Bhogar, one of Hinduism's eighteen great ascetics (siddhas), out of an amalgam of nine poisons or navapashanam.

It was even more pleasure to see palani andavan(God) in Raja Alankaram after waiting for an hour; extremely rejoiced.

Here is how this place is names as palani....

Sage Narada once visited the celestial court of Lord Shiva at Mount Kailash to present to Him a fruit, the gyana-pazham (literally, the fruit of knowledge), that held in it the elixir of wisdom.
Upon Lord Shiva expressing his intention of dividing the fruit between his two sons, Ganesha and Karthikeya, the Sage counseled Him against cutting it. He decided to award it to whichever of his two sons first circled the world thrice. Accepting the challenge, the Lord Karthikeya started his journey around the globe on his sacred bird, the peacock.
However, Lord Ganesha, who surmised that the world was no more than his parents Shiva and Shakti, circumambulated them. Pleased with their son's discernment, Lord Shiva awarded the fruit to Lord Ganesha. When the Lord Subrahmanya returned, he was furious to learn that his efforts had been in vain. In deep dudgeon, he decided to leave Mount Kailash and take up his abode in a place where the land and people would be unequivocally his and for him. Thus, it was that He came to what is today known as Palani, a name derived from the manner of His Parents trying to mollify him and prevail upon him to return to Kailash — Gnana Pazham Nee appa (Tamil for "You are the fruit of wisdom sire"), implying that, being the embodiment of wisdom, he had no need for the fruit. Thus, being the abode of wisdom, the place took on its master's name: Pazham Nee or Pazhani, anglicised as Palani.

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Since the last time we visited a rope car (aka cable car) has been installed. Coming this time with 2 young children, one of whom had a high temperature, we opted to take the cable car rather than the steps........
Unfortunately 3 quarters of the other pilgrims had the same idea!!....despite for the most part being fit, young, able-bodied men!!!
Lengthy queuing ensued...we almost decided to start on the steps...then mercifully the queue moved...and we made it up. Very pleasant trip up...lovely view from breezy open cable cars (in bright primary colours...& pink!) ....long queues at temple itself...a busy time of year we were told.... unpleasant crowding as we were 'corralled' within narrow metal enclosures.... made it into excruciatingly hot 'inner sanctum' with a lot of persuasion of the authorities by some very hospitable chaps we met in the queue ..... then released with a flurry into open air again..........& back into rope car queue for trip down....
Intense (& mostly painful) but made enjoyable by small unexpected delights..friendly gents in queue (both in temple & rope car), view over countryside, pleasant breeze, relief that we had made it...my husband's personal pilgrimage realised.

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