About Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple

Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple, Worship with god Palani rulmigu Kulazhandaivellayutha Swamy Temple, Palani is one among the six Padaiveedu’s (Abode) of Lord Muruga which is the sub-temple of Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple, Palani.

About Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple

Thai Poosam and Panguni Uthiram festivals are notified festivals of this temple and a large number of devotees visiting this temple for darshan of Lord Muruga. as per history sources, Subrahmanya or Muruga had been outwitted in a contest for going round the world. Ganapati had won the prized fruit (pomegranate or mango) by simply going around His parents. Long after, this, Subrahmanya came sweating on His peacock to find that the prize had already been given away. pilgrims to Palani bring their offerings on their shoulders in a kavadi.

The custom has spread from Palani to all Muruga shrines worldwide.in Palani Thai poolam celebrated grand manner. Thai Poosam is a very important festival, associated with the pilgrimage to Palani. Beginning with flag-hoisting at Perianayagi Amman Temple, this festival runs on for 10 days.

The Murugan Temple of Palani is one of the oldest temples in the world. No one knows when the temple was constructed. It is believed from the Tamil scriptures that Bogar, one of the 18 siddhars, devised the moolar (main idol) of Lord Karthikeya. He was born in South India around 3000 BC.

Quick Facts:

  • Timings: 6:00 AM to 8.00 PM
  • Entry Fee: NA
  • Camera: Allowed
  • Approximate visit duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Best time to visit: In rainy/winter season
  • Address: Giri Veethi, Palani, Tamil Nadu 624601
  • Palladam To Palani Temple distance is 79.7 KM (1 hr 41 min approx)


How to Reach

By Air:

The nearest airport is in Coimbatore, which has flights from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Sharjah. Air India, Kingfisher, Indigo and Spicejet operate flights there.

Palani is approximately 100 km from Coimbatore. Transport from Coimbatore to Palani includes taxi, bus, and train.

By Rail:

There is a rail line through Palani station, stretching Madurai to Coimbatore via Pollachi. Now Tiruchendur to Palani via Madurai, Chennai central – Palani Express, operating on this line. The Murugan Temple is about 2km from the railway station and can be reached by autorickshaw or bus. Palani is also connected by Amritha express 16343/16344 running daily from Trivandrum to Madurai Via Ernakulam Town.

By Road:

The state transport corporation and a lot of private bus operators ply bus from Palani to major cities in Tamil Nadu (Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Tuticorin, etc) and also to neighboring Kerala(Palakkadu, Kochin).

  • KSRTC Bus From Cherthala To Palani
  • Bus From Changanassery To Palani
  • Bus From Kottarakkara To Palani
  • KSRTC Bus From Thiruvananthapuram To Palani

Pooja Timing:

There are six poojas performed in the temple.

Vilaa Pooja6:30 am
Siru Kall Pooja8:00 am
Kaala Santhi9:00 am
Utchikkala Pooja 12:00 noon
Raja Alankaram 5:30 pm
Iraakkaala pooja 8:00 pm

The Golden Car can be viewed at 6.30 p.m.

Note: The temple will be opened at 4.00 am on special days


Rope Way System:

The rope-car takes only 2.45 minutes to cover the distance of 320 meters. The rope car is faster than a winch. The Rope car system is introduced for the first time in Tamilnadu at Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple, Palani for the benefits of the devotees.

A mono Cable Fixed Grip Reversible Jig-Back Ropeway system is being operated with four cabins on each side with 350 passengers per Hour capacity with travel time of 2.45 minutes. The ropeway is operated from 7.00 A.M to 9.00 P.M with an hour break between 1.30 P.M to 2.30 P.M. artificial waterfall is created along the rope car alignment.

Italian and Korean grass giving the rock a greenish look were planted on the hill embarkment on the rope car station. 30 meters High artificial waterfall is being created along the rope car alignment.

About Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple


The capacity of winch is 36 seats and the length of the way is 290 meters from the base station to hill temple and travel time is only 8 minutes. The cost of winch is cheap and It operates from 5.20 A.M to 9 P.M. On festival days Winch will be operated from 3.20 A.M to 9.00 P.M.

Three Man Riding Haulage Winches are operated. The 36 seaters 1st Winch was installed in the year 1966, the 32 Seater 2nd Winch was installed in the year 1981 and the 36 seaters 3rd Winch was installed in the year 1988.

Along the winch tracks Greenish garden is maintained, waterfalls and Lily ponds are maintained at the lower winch station.


Steps and Elephant Path:

Besides climbing up the hill by Ropeway and Winch, there are other two ways viz Steps and Elephant Path. HR & CE department has sanctioned to construct 100 Nilal Mandapams in the elephant path by way of the donor.

To manage the overcrowding of devotees in-front of Pathavinayakar Temple at footsteps during the festivals such as Thaipoosam and Panguni Uthiram, an alternative diversion arrangement has been made through Kumbapisheka Arangam to Elephant Path.

Similarly, a permanent stainless steel Queue line with toilet facility has been made in the northern side of the hill (Chinnakumarar Mandapam)


The idol of the deity is said to be made of an amalgam of nine poisonous substances that form an eternal medicine when mixed in a certain ratio. It is placed upon a pedestal of stone, with an archway framing it and represents the god Subrahmanya in the form He assumed at Palani – that of a very young recluse, shorn of his locks and all his finery, dressed in no more than a loincloth and armed only with a staff, the dhandam, as befits a monk.

The temple was re-consecrated by the Cheras, whose dominions lay to the west, and the guardian of whose eastern frontier was supposed to be the Kartikeya of Palani. Housed in the garbhagriham, the sanctum sanctorum, of the temple, the deity may be approached and handled only by the temple’s priests, who are members of the Gurukkal community of Palani and hold hereditary rights of sacerdotal worship at the temple. Other devotees are permitted to come up to the sanctum, while the priests’ assistants, normally of the Pandāram community, are allowed up to the ante-chamber of the sanctum sanctorum.

Where to stay nearby:

The Temple has Five lodging facilities for pilgrims.

  1. Dhandapani Nilayam
  2. Karthikeyan viduthi (Lodge)
  3. Chinnakumarar Viduthi (Goshala Viduthi)
  4. Idumban kudilgal (Cottages)
  5. Velavan Viduthi (Lodge)

The special first classrooms in the Dhandapani Nilayam have been given a facelift with the laying of Vitrified tiles, provision of air conditioning and solar heater at a cost of Rs.1 Crore.

Note: We don’t make any guarantees if the above-stated facts are not correct


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