A famous temple town called Palani is a part of Dindigul district in Tamilnadu. Palani is located within the reach of famous cities like Madurai and Coimbatore. The fascinating hill station of Kodaikanal is just 67 km away from Palani. The Palani Murugan Temple seated atop on the hill is what attracts a huge number of devotees all around the year. The deity of Lord Murugan is being worshipped in the temple. The town acquired its name from the medley of two Tamil words such as Pazham and Nee which refers to poet Avvaiyar’s song revering Lord Murugan. Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan were combatting for a gnana pazham(a fruit of wisdom) which would be awarded to whomsoever first circumlocute the globe. At last, Lord Ganesha won the battle with his adroitness by circumnutation of his parents. Lord Murugan turned to anger when he heard about his loss and entered into Palani hills from the Kailash.
Lord Murugan let go of all his wealth and practised meditation to know his inner-self in Palani hills. Palani and several regions of Dindigul district were once under the reign of Kongu Nadu kings. The rulers of Madurai and Coimbatore gripped their dominance at different periods. The most-revered shrine of Lord Muruga is located in Palani. It is famous for being one of the six battle camps of Lord Muruga in Tamilnadu. The sanctum is bounded by a gold tower and walls of the sanctum have plenty of stone engravings. The temple is also familiarly called as Kulandai Velayuthasamy Temple.
At the base of the hill, there is a small deity of Lord Ganesha where all the devotees pay their reverence to him before moving up the hill. To go up the hill, winch trains and ropeway facilities are available. Pilgrims can also take up the path to reach atop the hill by foot. The view amidst the town is dominated by Sivagiri and Sakthigiri hills.