Palani is the most divine among all abodes of Lord Murugan Who is also known as Karthikeya in North India. This is the third Padai veedu of Lord Murugan in Tamilnadu. Palani is located in Dindugal district at a distance of 112Kms (70 miles) from Madurai and 152 Kms (95 miles) from Trichy. It is almost at an equal distance from Coimbatore as well.
Palani is at the banks of Shanmuganadhi which is revered as a sacred river. Palani Andavar temple, the well known name of Murugan, stands majestically at the top of the hill. The temple is visible from several kilometers away. The devotees become excited just at the sight of the gopuram itself and start feeling the presence of the Lord in their hearts.
Palani Hill temple is at about 500 ft height and has 693 steps to climb up. Old people and persons, who cannot go by walk, have the option to reach the temple by Rope car or winch. The hill was believed to be inhabited by many Siddha purushas and rishies. The length of Girivalam is 2.4 kms..
Palani Murugan temple attracts lacs of devotees from all over South India carrying Kavadis and offering abhishekams or tonsure.