Visit to the Nadu Palani Dhandayuthapani temple at Perukkaranai
Continuing on our Achirupakkam temple visit, we went to Nadu Palani Murugan Temple next. Just before entering the Achirupakkam town you can see an arch at the left side on the highway itself for Nadu Palani Murugan temple. From the arch, we have to go straight without any diversion till to the last for 6.5 kms to reach the temple at the Perukkarani (Perunkarunai) village.
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The location of the temple is awesome. Nature by itself is beautiful; the big trees are always beautiful, especially the banyan trees with the hanging roots; and when there are about 10 such trees in a single place what can you say?
This is just one of those trees and you can imagine the rest. You can enjoy that beauty near the temple entrance at the base of this hill temple.
This is an abhimana temple built by Sri Muthuswamy Pillai about 40 years back. Murugar came in his dream and he started in a simple way with the Vel and now it has become a big temple. So, there is no ancient legend connected with the temple. When Kanchi Periyavar was on a padayathra this side, he came to this place and told to call this temple as ‘Nadu Palani’.
After Sri Muthuswamy Piilai’s period, the temple is being governed by Mysore Sri Ganapathy Sachthanandha Swamigal.
There are 120 steps to the temple on the hillock top and 4 wheelers can go straight to the top. I wished to go through the steps since the way was beautiful but there were some elders in my car and so I drove straight to the top.
While going through steps, first you can see Anjaneyar shrine on one side and Idumban shrine on the other. Then Siddhi vinayagar shrine on one side and Raja rajeswari and Navagrahams on the other side. Then there is naga prathishtai under the combo tree of Arasu and Vembu. There is an artificial fountain in the name of Saravanapoihai. The Samadhi of Sri Muthuswamy Pillai is alo present.
The temple on top is a small one with only the Murugar shrine with the praharam. First we can see Vinayagar and then the Mayil vahanam and the front mandapam. The main deity is Dhandayuthapani facing east. The old deity got damaged and so a new deity made of Maragatha stone has been installed in Feb 2008.
Kalyana urchavar deity with Valli and Deiyvanai
Another one is Sri Arumugar on peacock along with Valli and Deivanai under the Rudhraksha pandhal.
Viinayagar and Naga Dhathareyar, i.e., Dhathrayer (Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwar ) on the Nagar bed with Anaga (Lakshmi) amman
I planned to take photos of the banyan trees after completing the dharshan at the top. Also, on return, we were directed on a different route and so I could not take much photos unfortunately. But, take it from me this place is much more beautiful than my photos show up.
Contact: Sri Shiva kumar 96003 90366
Dharshan time: 7 am – 12 noon and 5 – 8 pm
Every Tuesday and on Krithigais at 8 AM, milk abhisheham is done to the Maragatha Dhandayuthapani.
Festival: Panguni uthram urchavam is the most popular one and 2-3 lakhs of people usually attend