1st Stop - Dhandayuthapani Swamy

Trip Start Jun 17, 2010
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Trip End Jun 29, 2010


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Vels Court Hotel

Flag of India  , Tamil Nādu,
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Woke up at 4.00am and had a quick fresh up. Then immediately went down to the lobby and discovered the driver was waiting with the barber. The barber then took us to a room at the back of the hotel and we paid Rs 101 each for the head tonsuring. Generally he did a good job. Just after he finished us, another family also from Malaysia was waiting outside the room for his services. Must be a famous barber there.

 

 

After shaving the head, we returned to the room and had a quick shower. By 7am, we were there at the winch station. It was just us and another couple. Luckily we came early as advised by the driver. We bought the winch ticket for Rs. 10 and within a few minutes we were up the hill temple. 



 

Upon arrival at the temple, we bought the Rs 150 ticket to view the full abishegam. That ticket was worth it. We were allowed to sit in front of the sanctum sanctorum for almost 1 hour.  After the prayers, we took the stair down instead of the winch and wanted to experience that as well. It was a 40 minutes walk down and to the hotel. This included some time spent at the temples along the way and we also broke coconuts at the Vinayagar temple at the foot hills.



Upon arrival at the hotel, we contacted the driver and had breakfast in the hotel restaurant itself. After breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and went to Avinankudi Temple and after that another small Durga Temple. We also did a short stop at Idumban Hill and prayed homage to him as well.



We left Palani Town at 11.00 am.

Below is a brief of the Palani Temple:

Sage Narada once visited the celestial court of Lord Siva at Mount Kailash to present to Him a fruit, the gyana-pazham (literally, the fruit of knowledge), that held in it the elixir of wisdom.Upon Lord Shiva expressing his intention of dividing the fruit between his two sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya, the Sage counselled Him against cutting it. Thereat, He decided to award it to whichever of his two sons first circled the world thrice. Accepting the challenge, the Lord Karthikeya started his journey around the globe on his sacred bird, the peacock.However, Lord Ganesha, who surmised that the world was no more than his parents Shiva and Shakthi, circumambulated them. Pleased with their son's discernment, Lord Shiva awarded the fruit to Lord Ganesha. When the Lord Subrahmanya returned, he was furious to learn that his efforts had been in vain. In deep dudgeon, he decided to leave Mount Kailash, and take up his abode in a place where the land and people would be unequivocally his and for him. Thus, it was that He came to what is today known as Palani, a name derived from the manner of His Parents trying to mollify him and prevail upon him to return to Kailash - Gnana Pazham Nee appa (Tamil for "You are the fruit of wisdom sire")and thus, implying that being the embodiment of wisdom, he had no need for the fruit. Thus, being the abode of wisdom, the place took on its master's name - Pazham Nee or Pazhani, anglicised as Palani.
Going by legend, the idol of the Lord Muruga in Palani , was created and consecrated by the Sage Bhogar, one of Hinduism's eighteen great ascetics (siddhas), out of an amalgam of nine poisons or navapashanam. The legend also holds that, since it was a quick-setting paste, the sculptor had to work very rapidly to chisel its features, but that he spent so much time in creating the exquisitely beatific face, he did not have time to bestow but a rough grace upon the rest of the body, thus explaining the contrast between the artistic perfection of the face and the slightly less accomplished work upon the body.A shrine to Bhogar exists in the southwestern corridor of the temple, which, by legend, is said to be connected by a subterranean tunnel to a cave in the heart of the hill, where Bhogar continues to meditate and maintain his vigil, with eight idols of the Lord.Another legend holds that the idol, after centuries of worship, fell into neglect and was suffered to be engulfed by the forest. One night, Cheraman Perumal, a King of the Cheras, who controlled the area between the second and fifth centuries A.D., wandered from his hunting party and was forced to take refuge at the foot of the hill. It so befell, that the Lord Subrahmanyan, appeared to him in a dream, and ordered him to restore the idol to its former state. The king, thereat, awakening, commenced a search for the idol, and finding it, constructed the temple that now houses it, and re-instituted its worship. This is commemorated by a small stella at the foot of the staircase that winds up the hill.
As related above, the idol is said to be made of an amalgam of nine substances, and placed upon a pedestal of stone, with an archway framing it. It represents the god Subramanya in the form He assumed at Palani - that of a very young recluse, shorn of his locks and all his finery, dressed in no more than a loincloth and armed only with a staff, the dhandam, as befits a monk. It is from His youthful appearance and the staff He bears, that the appellation Bāla-dhandāyudha-pāni, meaning the young wielder of the staff-weapon, is applied to Him.One curious aspect of the idol is that it faces west rather than east, the traditional direction at most Hindu temples. This is held to be on account of the temple having been re-consecrated by the Cheras, whose dominions lay to the west, and the guardian of whose eastern frontier was supposed to be the Lord Kartikeya of Palani. Another fact that will be remarked upon by any observer, are the rather disproportionately large ears the Lord is endowed with. This is reflective of the faith that the Lord listens carefully to each of his many devotees' prayers and requests.Housed in the garbagriham, the sanctum sanctorum, of the temple, the idol may be approached and handled only by the temple's priests, who are members of the Gurukkal community of Palani, and hold hereditary rights of sacerdotal worship at the temple. Other devotees are permitted to come up to the sanctum, while the priests' assistants, normally of the Pandāram community, are allowed up to the ante-chamber of the sanctum sanctorum.
The Temple is situated upon the higher of the two hills of Palani, known as the Sivagiri. Traditionally, access to it was by the main staircase cut into the hill-side or by the yanai-padhai or elephant's path, used by the ceremonial elephants. Pilgrims bearing water for the ritual bathing of the idol, and the priests, would use another way also carved into the hill-side but on the opposite side. Over the past half-century, three funicular raliway tracks have been laid up the hill for the convenience of the pigrims, and supplemented by a rope-way within the past decade.The sanctum of the temple is of early Chera architecture while the covered ambulatory that runs around it bears unmistakable traces of Pandya influence, especially in the form of the two fishes, the Pandyan royal insignia. The walls of the sanctum bear extensive inscriptions in the old Tamil script. Surmounting the sanctum, is a gopuram of gold, with numerous sculptures of the presiding deity, Kartikeya, and gods and goddesses attendant upon him.In the first inner prahāram, or ambulatory, around the heart of the temple, are two minor shrines, one each, to Shiva and Parvati, besides one to the Sage Bhogar who is by legend credited with the creation and consecration of the chief idol. In the second outer prahāram, is a celebrated shrine to Ganapati, besides the carriage-house of the Lord's Golden Chariot.
Below is a short brief of Avinankudi Temple:

This ancient and large temple at the foot of the hills is highly renowned and is known as Kulandai Velayudhaswamy Temple, Thiru Avinankudi is the name of the place.

This temple is among the oldest abodes of Muruga and perhaps it had humble beginnings under an Amla Tree (Nelli). Poet Nakkirar says that Lord Muruga holds at Thiru Avinankudi a Royal Court of all gods with saints emancipated and clad in saffron dyed clothes and deer skin.

The presiding deity is Muruga as a child sitting on a peacock. A convenient and full view can be taken by worshippers since the sanctum is on elevation. He is like a kindly monarch on His throne who receives the humble tributes and petitions of His loyal subjects. The festival deity and the Nelli and Nagalingga Flora and the shrine of Arunagirinathar are worth noticing.    
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roshni on

hi, you are looking extremely good. and what i would say when u cleaned ur mustache and beard its great look. plz go ahead and clean once in a year. i am also suggesting my husband to grow mustache and to shave in thirupati. i m telling him plz go bald whenever u visit any temple.like thirupati,simhachalam. i m telling how many times u would visit plz do it. before marriage also he was getting bal once a year. so i m suggesting him plz go bald once a year.

sakshi on

how di u shave ur mustache. how did u feel. my husband always likes to get bald. in every 6 months. i m telling him to clean all mustache and beard whenever u visit any religious temple. after shaved u changed a lot.plz go bald whenever u visit any temple. shave ur mustache,beard and armpit also. it will be good

michael on

The photos of you wonderful. Your decide to shave the wonerful hair and your beard was certainly not easy. Your fantastic chest-hair effected better with your shaved head and beard.

Michael on

This photo is a dream. Your half shaved full hair and the dark beard are fantastic.

venoth
venoth on

Hi Roshni, thank you for the compliment. Its definitely good to shave the head every time visiting an important place of worship like Thirupathi & Palani.

venoth
venoth on

Hi Sakshi, it fell great shaving the hair off. Its good practice that your hubby does it too.

venoth
venoth on

Thank you Michael

venoth
venoth on

Thank you Michael

roshni on

hi,

can you send me your headshave photos and videos to my mail id roshni_sharma34@yahoo.com . so, that i can see the whole process. this month my husband has grown moustache like you to shave it all at thirupati.plz send it and whenever you will shave plz send those photos.

venoth
venoth on

Hi Roshni, sure will and thanks for dropping by.

bapi on

hi saw your head shaved photos. you are looking too good after shave. i am shaving my head in march or april due to summer and whenever i am visiting thirupati i am getting a clean shave. but i don't have moustache and beard. so i am thinking to grow moustache and beard fully like you after that will get a shave. its too nice that you shaved all your hairs. after shaveing how was your feeling by looking at your new look. and just do one thing whenever you visit those places just grow all hairs for 2months and then shave them . i am also doing that. and i feel extremely good in shaving my head at thirupati. hair going is not a big deal but you should give it to god for your satisfaction.

deepthi on

hi looking so good after shaved. i was thinking how my husband will shave all hairs. now after looking at you i decided to shave his head and recently he shaved at palani.now i can say that everytime he would visit palani definitely he would shave his all hairs including moustache an armpits. recently he shaved his head , armpit and moustache. i am feeling very good by looking at him. thank you so much that you encouraged us.when is your next shave . because without hair you are looking extreme good.

venoth
venoth on

Hi Bapi, thats great that you have got into head tonsure as well. Its a good practice and do keep it up.

venoth
venoth on

Hi Deepthi, its a pleasure knowing that I have encouraged someone into head tonsure as well. Its indeed a very good practice. I am planning to do it as often as possible, at least once a year to make it a norms.

deepthi on

hi thanx for your reply. you are planning to shave your head every one year right. will you shave your moustache also all time. i have made 10 wows of my husband for a complete shave. how do you feel after getting bald and looking yourself at mirror without moustache and hairs on head. so whenever you will visit please post your photos. but shave your armpit also. its good .

venoth
venoth on

Hi Deepthi, thank you for the reply. Its great that you have made such vows, its good. As for me, never really looked into that, I guess, right after the shave, my mind was already engrossed more towards the temple.

raman on

hi,is it necessary to remove underware and banian or shaving head. and after that to wear a new towel and after headshave giving towel to barber.

venoth
venoth on

Hi Raman, no , you do not have to do that. But since I did not want to litter the shirt as I was traveling long, hence I had removed it because I would not had an opportunity to wash the clothes until back to Malaysia.

Secondly, you do not have to donate anything further to the barber except for his fees.

raman on

thanks for your reply. but my mother suggesting me to do that. she is saying 1 st take bath then wear towel. and after shave give it to the barber.but i am feeling nervous without wearing a underware. i am nervous to shave my head too. plz give me some courage.

raman on

one more thing in our tradition my mother is saying that i have to left with some hair unshaved . what i will do. did you do that.

venoth
venoth on

Hi Raman, well, traditions may differ but as a rule of thumb, it is also important to immerse yourself in the river water or temple kulam once you have shaved your head. Anyway, I don't think that you should be nervous, in fact you should be happy that you are realizing your vow, its a dream come true.

venoth
venoth on

Hi Raman, I am not familiar with that and did not do that myself. But I do not think that that is a practice both in Palani and Thirupathi. Its best to follow the temple traditions where you shave your head.

aru on

Bro,

Its nice to read your blog. I've never been to India but have some plans by end of next month. Did you go on your own or by travel agency? Roughly how much it will cost to travel to Tamil Naadu for five days inclusive of meals and hotel fares?

venoth
venoth on

Hi bro, thank you so much. Im glad that you had enjoyed it. Well, I did not use a travel agency which is not advisable in India. It is best you work with a driver who would fetch you from the airport and be all the while with you throughout the travels. He would assist you with the hotels, whereby you would directly pay the hotel the amount due, of course he would suggest a few hotels to you and you could visit those and check the rooms first and finally decide on the one you are comfortable with and similarly with the restaurants. For five days, it should not cost you much. It typically depends on the route and distance, thats how the drivers would charge. If you need I could recomend a good and trustworthy driver who I have used and recomended to many. Most importantly he is trustworthy. Do let me know if you need the number and it is best to book him in advance. Even if you work out a tour, still it would be more as the local agents here would also include their mark ups. So best you work on option one bro.

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