Arulmigu Dandayuthapani Temple of Karthikeya / Muruga Hill Steps,, Palani-624601

In this temple,Lord Muruga's idol is made of 9 precious herbals known as Navapashana and installed by Holy Siddha Bogar. This is 3rd of the 6 Army Camps (Padai Veedu) of Lord Muruga. The Kavadi prayer practice began from this temple only.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction

About Arulmigu Dandayuthapani Temple

The temple is well known for the play conducted by Sage Narada. Sage Narada once visited Mount Kailash to present Lord Shiva a fruit called the gyana-pazham ( the fruit of knowledge). Upon Lord Shiva expressing his intention of dividing the fruit between his two sons, Ganesha and Karthikeya, the sage recommended not to cut. So, Lord Shiva told that, Circle the universe thrice and who comes first will have this fruit.

Accepting the challenge, Lord Karthikeya started his journey around the globe on his mount Peacock. Lord Ganesha, who surmised that the world was no more than his parents Shiva and Shakti combined, circulated them thrice. Pleased with their son's judgement, Lord Shiva awarded the fruit to Lord Ganesha. When Kartikeya returned, he was furious to learn that his efforts had been in vain.

Lord Muruga left Mount Kailash and took up his abode in Palani hills in South India. Thus this place got a very Famous Hindu Temple of Lord Muruga.

But after centuries,The deity fell into neglect and was covered by forest. One night, King Cheraman Perumal, who controlled the area between the 2nd and 5th centuries A.D., wandered from his hunting party and was forced to take refuge at the foot of the hill. Lord Muruga, appeared to him in a dream, and ordered him to restore the idol to its former state. The king commenced a search for the idol, and after finding it,he  constructed the temple that now houses it, and re-instituted its worship.  

Idumban (A Demon) was carrying two hills, Shiva Giri and Shakti Giri to Pothigai Hills as commanded by Sage Agasthya.  Shivagiri has Lord Shiva's attributes and Shakti Giri attributes  Mother Parvathi.  Idumban placed these mounts down here as he could not bear the weight.  Lord Muruga stood on Shaktigiri and refused to come down despite Idumban’s repeated demands.  When Idumban decided to fight against the Lord, He showered His grace on him and kept Idumban with Him. 

As Lord Muruga was holding a Dandam (staff), the Lord came to be known as Dandayuthapani.

The Parrot on the Danda of Lord Muruga has a fascinating religious story.   There was a wicked poet Sambandandan who was jealous of Saint poet Arunagiriar and thought of a revenge plan to eliminate him.  He used his influence on King Prapuda Deva Raya requesting him to ask the Arunagiriar to get the Parijatha flower from heaven to prove his supremacy.  Arunagiriar flew into the sky in a parrot form leaving his human form in the Tiruvannamalai tower.  This is an exercise called Koodu Vittu Koodu Paithal( that is leaving the original body form in a safe place and enter into the body of another  for noble purpose and After completing the mission, the performer leaves the adopted body and re-enter into his own).

When Arunagiriar left with his parrot body in search of the Parijatha flower, wicked Sambandandan found the human body of the saint and cremated it so that Arunagiriar cannot re-enter into his original body and appear in his human form and be his competitor.  When Arunagiriar was shocked to see his body burnt, Lord Muruga blessed him by having his parrot form in His staff. 

The idol of Lord Muruga in Palani, was created and consecrated by Sage Bogar, one of Hinduism's eighteen great ascetics (siddhas), out of an amalgam of nine poisons or navapashanam. The legend also holds that, since it was a quick-setting paste, the sculptor had to work very rapidly to chisel its features, but that he spent so much time in creating the exquisitely beautiful face, he did not have time to bestow but a rough grace upon the rest of the body, thus explaining the contrast between the artistic perfection of the face and the slightly less accomplished work upon the body. A shrine to Bhogar exists in the southwestern corridor of the temple, which, by legend, is said to be connected by a subterranean tunnel to a cave in the heart of the hill, where Bogar continues to meditate and maintain his vigil, with eight idols of the Lord. 



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