Palani Fesivals
 

Agni Nakshatram :

This is one of the important festivals at Palani. During the last 7 days of Chitrai and the first 7 days of the following month (i.e.Vaikasi) the devotees of Lord Muruga go around the Hill by foot, early in the mornings.

Vaikasi Festival(Visakam) :

This is celebrated for ten days. At the Perianayaki amman temple, it is celebrated for 10 days with procession every day. There is car festival on the 10th day(i.e Visakam).

Kandhar Shasti (Soora Samharam) :

This is a very important festival at Palani, during the 6 days in the month of Aippasi (7th Tamil month).

Thirukkarthigai :

It is celebrated for 10 days and daily "Chinna Kumarar" goes in procession in the small golden carriage. On Karthigai day, he goes in the Golden Car. On the 10th day, woman devotees light lamps and worship Murugan.

Markazhi Pooja :

During the Tamil month of Markazhi (9th month) the Hill Temple opens at 3 A.M, and recital of Thiruvembavai is done. The early morning Pooja is done in all the main Temples in Palani.

Kavadi Festival :

Dancing in a hypnotic trance to the rhythm of drums, devotees of Muruga carry the ‘Kavadi’ a flower decked decoration, all the way up the Palani Hills to fulfil their vow.

Chitra Pournami :

On this day, a ten-day festival is conducted at Arulmigu Lakshminarayana perumal temple. At the Periyanayakiamman Temple also, Lord Muthukumara Swamy, along with Valli and Deivanai, rides in the silver car along the streets around the Temple.

Aabu-Annabhishekam :

During the Tamil month of Aani(3rd month of the Tamil year) Annabhishekam (abhishekam with fragrant cooked rice) is conducted at Thiruvavinankudi Temple, Hill Temple, Periyanayagi Amman temple and Periyavudaiyar Temple.

Thai Poosam :

This is a very important festival, associated with pilgrimage to Palani. Devotees from Tamil Nadu reach Palani by foot (Pada Yathra) and worship. Beginning with flag-hosting at Perianayagiamman Temple, this festival runs on for 10 days.

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