Kothishwarar Temple, Palani
On the road to Dharapuram, Erode to the arch written with the words ‘Peria Udayar Koil’, stands Gothisvaram in bright colours. It belongs to the Palani temple and has a single circuit fenced by walls within which the shrine sports a sanctum and Ardha Mandapa. In the Vimana a painting of Vishnu worshipping a Sivslinga is seen. Inside, the Sivalinga is kept with doors bolted!
After paying homage here one enter the arch and proceed 1 km in full view of Palani hill till we reach the railway bridge. A small shop stands here and if we turn east, the temple comes into view.
Karuppannaswamy guarding the Saptha Kannis abides in the temple. A small dais for us to rest aehile. Facing us is the bank descending into the Shanmuga Nadhi. Now we are in the east bank of the Shanmuga Nadhi.
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Palani is approximately 100 kilometers from the Coimbatore. Mode of transport from the Coimbatore to the Palani includes taxi, bus and train.
The nearest air port is in Coimbatore. Coimbatore has has regular flights from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Sharjah. Air India, Kingfisher,Indigo,Spicejet and Jet Airways operate flights out of Coimbatore Airport.
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 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 the neighboring Kerala(Palakkadu, Kochin).