Periya Nayagi Amman Temple, palani
|Date built:||14th century.|
|Deity:||Periya Nayagi Amman|
|Architectural style:||south indian style architecture|
|Major festivals||On Vijayadasami day, Navarathri|
|Address:||Vinayakar Kovil, Palani, Tamil Nadu 624601|
Now you must have to walk further 3 KM to reach another important temple going by the name of town temple, dedicated to Mother Periya Nayaki Amman, the local name for Parvathimatha, the august goddess of that illustrious Son Muruga. The temple is quite big and build in the south Indian architectural pattern. There are many mini shrines for Saivate Gods, like Muthukumaraswamy, Nataraja, Vinayaka etc.
The Mother’s temple is on the southern side of the Murugan, and the Kailasanatha temple is on the northern side. Close observation reveals that it was originally built for Muruga, and later the Mother’s sheine and Kailasanatha shrine were added. So the Murugan koil is buffered by the shrine of his parents. Furthermore the flog staff and Mayura, the mount of Muruga are in frount of Murugan shrine. Any way, this method of Murugan seated in the centre with parents to his right and left is called Somaskanda Moorthi.
All the three temples are lavishly adorned with filigree work of supreme artistry. The ace sculptural craft man ship reflecting the refined taste of the builders and the sculptors elevate the souls. This spacious temple besides housing the three most adorable deities is also serving as an art gallery, since all the Vahanas made in wood, silver and iron of several shrines under the temple management are kept there. Their shapes, sizes and superb craft man ship offer a royal banquet to the eyes.
The ivory palanquin and silver car kept here worth a million looks. This shrine is also the venue of one great festival events that lures huge crowds on Vijayadasami day, when the formidable weapon of Muruga, from the hill temple is brought . The Utsavamurthi of Muthukumara swamy uses this for the symbolic act of destroying evil and to users in peace and hope in the coming 365 days.
This awe some events deserve to be seen and enjoyed than described in words. This shrine lies 2 km aff Adivaram accessible by walk or rickshaw.
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).
Vinayakar Kovil, Palani, Tamil Nadu 624601