are many temples in the vicinity. Sri Mariamman, the village tutelary goddess, is
held in great esteem and annual festival to Her in March attracts large crowds of
worshippers offering pots of burning fire.
Peria Udayar Temple. The main shrine
dedicated to Sri Brihadeswara or Peria Udayar, represented by a Swayambu Linga, and others
to Nataraja and Vishnu and the sanctum for the goddess is significantly absent. Sri
Brihannayaki or Perianayaki Amman Temple is a very famous temple of the town.
Aivarmalai. Nine miles west of Palani the
"Hill of the five", or Iyiramalai or Aivarmalai is associated with mythological
legends. The hill is 1402 feet high above the sea level. The local tradition
says that at this hill the five Pandava brothers took their rest during the last years of
their exile of 13 years. On the north-eastern side, the rock of which it consists
overhangs and forms a natural shelter 160 feet long and 13 feet high.