People arrving Palani by walking all long the
way. This is known as "Paadha Yathirai" - means "Holy walk". Chain of people
reaching Palani from all the direction. Usually people around 250Km perform
this Holy walk. People arrive Palani starting from 10 days before Thai
Poosam festival. Buses were diverted from the roads reaching Palani inorder
to facilitate the piligrims.
While walking people chat, listen to walkman (
listening Bajans ), groups singing Bajans, etc.,, Usually people carry
their homemade food on their head. The piligrims wear green or saffron
or yellow color clothes. Small shops sell drinking water and snacks became
usual bussiness during Thai Poosam festival.
Piligrims taking rest on the sides of the road
sheilding the sunlight using the Kavadi.
Piligrims approaching Edumban Malai.
Piligrims on Edumban Malai foothills. (
click the image to see the enlarged view )
Piligrims on arriving Edumban Malai served with
food packets by Palani Devasthanam
After having food Piligrims take bath at the Edumban
Wonderfull Panoramic view of Edumban Lake, Western
Ghats mountains forms background layers to the scene. The Lotus leaves
floating on the Edumban lake gives the depth of the scene.
After taking bath at the Edumban Lake piligrims
visit the temple at the foothills of Edumban Malai.
Man offering "Chadur Theangai" - (Break
the coconut in such a way that shatter into pieces)
After the worship , the piligrims are ready to
start to Palani Malai to see Dhandayuthapani ( Lord Murugan ).
Some Piligrims visit Edumban Malai also on their
way to Palani Malai.
Step way to Edumban Malai, there is only one way.
Beautiful view of Palani town appears as we ascend the Edumban Malai top.
The edumban Temple at the top of Edumban Malai.
Edumban carrying the two hills Sathi giri and
Shiva Giri is seen on the Scantum.
Approximately 20 feet Edumban Idol made up of
rock is the deity of this temple.
Magnificient view of whole Palani temple from
Edumban hill. (this is my favorite photo). click on the image
get a screen wide view.
View of Palani Temple Golden Gopuram from Edumban
Malai, also see Palani temple Raja Gopuram is getting ready for Kumbabishegam
to he held in the mid on year 2000.
View of Palani town while we descend from Edumban
Piligrims walk crossing Edumban Hill, the approximate
distance between Edumban Malai and Palani Hill is 1 Km.
As we approach Palani Hill we can see the crowd
of "Bakthars" accumulated around the hill.
Bakthars carry Milk for Abishegam of Lord Murugan,
some Bakthars carry Kavadi, those who carry Kavadi perform wonderful dance
which is known as "Kavadi Attam". They come in groups and they are also
accompanied by Traditional Musical equipments known as "Parai" and "Thappu"
etc,. The reverberating beat along with the Kavadi Attam one is plunged
into the Bakthi vibration.
We can see a man dancing with "Tender Coconut
Kavadi" known as "Elaneer Kavadi"
Kavadi decorated with peacock feathers and flower
Crowd around Paadha Vinayagar Temple.
The crowd on the road approaching Palani malai
from bus stand.