Tam:பழனி paḻaṉi

‘Paddy Fields’   Town, Tamil Nadu

From Tam: paḻaṉam/pazhaṉam, ‘agricultural land’, ‘rice-fields’.

Palani, one of the Arupadai Veedu (six battle camps) of Lord Murugan, is a pilgrimage destination for seven million devotees of Murugan every year.

In Palani’s Sri Dhandayuthapani temple, an annual 10 day Festival is held during Thaipusam (January-February) famous for piercings, penances, and the carrying kavadi (a decorated wooden arched bracket).

For related place names see Indian Place names and Tamil Nadu place names.

 

Performing penance at the Thai Pusam festival

Performing penance at the Thai Pusam festival            Peter Gronemann