Puranic Event: Palani is one of the Aarupadai Veedu (one of the six holy abodes of Muruga). Sri Muruga left Kailasha and moved to Palani after a challenge with brother Ganesha. Once Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati in order to test their sons Ganesha and Muruga, challenged them in a race to encircle the world. Whoever does it first will get a special fruit as a prize. While Sri Muruga set off on His peacock, Sri Ganesha encircled his divine parents saying that they were the universe themselves. When Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati declared Sri Ganesha as the winner, Sri Muruga in frustration left Mount Kailasha and came to Palani. Sri Muruga was clad only with a loin cloth like an ascetic, and He was holding a dandam (staff). Hence he is called Dandapani or Dandayudha Pani.
Pilgrimage: The Palani Dandayudhapani Swamy temple is located near Kodaikanal in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu.
Om, May there be Peace in Heaven,
May there be Peace in the Sky,
May there be Peace in the Earth,
May there be Peace in the Water,
May there be Peace in the Plants,
May there be Peace in the Trees,
May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds,
May there be Peace in Brahman,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Peace Indeed within Peace,
Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
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