Palani Temple | Timings, History & Online Booking

Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy temple is one of the famous Murugan temples. It is present in the Palani town of Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu. In the foothills of the Palani hills, the Murugan Temple is present. The temple timings are 05:00 am to 10:00 pm.

The Temple is on the higher of the two hills called the mountain Sivagiri. The traditional elephant’s path forms the way to this Temple. The distance of the Temple from Coimbatore is about 100 km.

History of Palani Temple:

According to one legend, the sage Narada went to Kailash to present the Gyanapalam to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva says he would divide the fruit into two halves and share it among his sons. But Narada disagrees with cutting the fruit.

So, he decides to award the fruit to the son who first circles the world thrice. The sons accept the challenge, and Lord Kartikeya starts his journey worldwide on his peacock.

Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy temple Sivagiri

But Lord Ganesha feels his parents as the world circles them three times. Lord Shiva impresses Lord Ganesha’s thinking and then awards him the fruit. When Karthikeya returns home, he knows that his efforts are a waste.

So, he leaves Kailash in frustration and then stays in the Palani/Sivagiri hills. Hence the Palani Temple originated here in the Palani/Sivagiri hills.

Palani Temple Timings:

The temple timings are 05:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Monday05:00 am to 10:00 pm
Tuesday05:00 am to 10:00 pm
Wednesday05:00 am to 10:00 pm
Thursday05:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday05:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday05:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday05:00 am to 10:00 pm

Best time to visit Palani Temple:

The best time to visit the Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy is during the festival of Thai Poosam, which usually falls in January or February. 

It is a significant time when devotees flock to the Temple to seek blessings. However, the Temple can visit yearly, with less crowd during weekdays.

Palani Temple Sevas Timings:

The Temple sevas timings are here

S.NoTimingsDarshan / Puja
105:40 amViswaroopa Darshan
205:40 amDarshan
306:00 am – 06:50 amVila Puja
406:50 am – 07:15 amDarshan
507:15 am – 08:00 amSirukalasanthi
608:00 am – 08:25 amDarshan
508:25 am – 09:00 amKalasanthi
609:00 am – 09:25 amDarshan
709:25 am – 12:00 pmUchikala Puja
812:00 pm – 12:25 pmDarshan
912:30 pm – 05:30 pmSayaraksha Puja
1005:30 pm – 05:55 pmDarshan
1106:00 pm – 08:00 pmRakaala Puja
1208:00 pm – 08:25 pmDarshan
1308:30 pm – 08:45 pmTemple closing hours

Palani Temple Sevas Ticket Costs:

Temple sevas ticket costs are here

S.NoDarshan TypeNormal Days Ticket costSpecial Days Ticket cost/person
1Special DarshanRs.10Rs.20
2Viswaroopa DarshanRs.100Rs.200
3Vila PoojaRs.150Rs.300

Festivals Celebrated at the Palani Temple:

The Palani Temple celebrates several festivals throughout the year. Here are some of the prominent festivals observed at the Temple:

Thai Poosam: 

It is the most important festival at the Temple, celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). Devotees make pilgrimages to the Temple, carrying kavadis and performing various acts of devotion.

Panguni Uthiram: 

Celebrated in the month of Panguni (March/April), this festival marks the celestial wedding of Lord Murugan and Goddess Valli. 

Skanda Sashti: 

Skanda Sashti is a six-day festival commemorating Lord Murugan’s victory over the demon Surapadman. It usually falls in the Tamil month of Aippasi. 

Vaikasi Visakam: 

Celebrated in the month of Vaikasi (May/June), Vaikasi Visakam commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Murugan. 


The nine-day Navaratri festival had dedicated to worshipping the divine feminine. 

Karthigai Deepam: 

Celebrated in the Tamil month of Karthigai, Karthigai Deepam is the festival of lights. The Temple had illuminated, and a giant oil lamp was lit atop Palani Hill, signifying the divine presence of Lord Murugan.

Palani Temple Online Booking:

The devotees can book the Palani Murugan temple online through the process below. So, go through the steps below to book a Palani temple darshan ticket online. There are also other online services like Prasadam booking and so on.

  1. Go to the official website of Palani Temple.
  2. You can find different options available for online services on the home page.
  3. Select the appropriate option from the available options.
  4. Select the date and time slot and then click on Proceed.
  5. Fill in all the details required to complete the booking form.
  6. Then pay the amount, if any.
  7. Submit the request for booking the slot.

Your online booking is complete, and you can print your ticket.

Annadanam at Palani Temple :

At Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Thirukkoil, delicious food is served to the devotees every day from 8.00 am to 9.00 pm. Thousands of devotees enjoy eating the food served daily, considering it the Thiruvamudhu of the Lord. 

In Normal days nearly 5,000 devotees can enjoy eating this food. In Special days nearly 6,000 devotees enjoyed eating this good. Devotees can pay Rs.3,500 for a contribution of 100 persons Annadhanam scheme.

Tourist places nearby Palani Temple:

  • Idumban Temple
  • Shri Periya Nayaki Amman Temple
  • Kundrathur Murugan Temple
  • Varathamanathi Dam
  • Kannadi Perumal Temple
  • Palar Dam Palani
  • Sree Ayyappan Temple
  • Arulmigu Koniamman Temple
  • Gedee Car Museum

Hotels nearby Palani Temple:

  • Hotel Subam
  • Ganpat Grand
  • Hotel Vels Court
  • Vasavi Cottage
  • Hotel Divine Fort
  • Arunaachalaa Inn
  • Jayam Hotel
  • Ponnis Hotel
  • Hotel Amoha

Palani Temple Contact Details:

  • Address: Arulmigu Dandayudhapani Swami Devasthanam, Palani, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Contact Numbers: +91-4545 – 242 293, 04545 242 236, 04545 242 236
  • Palani Temple: Official Website
  • Email:

How to Reach the Dandayuthapani Swamy Temple:

By Air:

Madurai is the nearest airport at 114 km.

By Rail:

Palani has a railway station. So, people can travel by train here.

By Road:

It has a route to the nearby cities to travel by personal or public vehicles.


How long does it take to walk Palani Hill?

There are 693 stairs leading up to the Hill Temple, located at a height of 500 feet. The only time commitment required for step climbing is between 30 and 60 minutes.

What are the steps in Palani Temple?

One has to climb 689 steps to reach it.

How much time is wanted to see the Palani Temple?

Roughly it should be 2 to three hours. It should be more if it is a special day like Sankaranthi, Tamil New Year’s Day, or during an extended weekend. When you reach the Temple, you can make out by asking the people coming out of the darshan.

Are there any restrictions on entry for non-Hindus?

The Temple is primarily a Hindu temple, and there may be restrictions on entry for non-Hindus.

Are there any specific rules or guidelines to follow inside the Temple?

Devotees had expected to maintain decorum and follow the instructions given by the temple authorities. It is customary to remove footwear before entering the Temple and to maintain silence and cleanliness within the premises.

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