Palani, the dissyllable word that
treasures up several legends and myths is a combination of two meaningful words
PALA-NEE, It means 'Thou art the fruit' -- you are the fruit of knowledge, as the
context goes. This sacred word dropped from the holy lips of Lord Siva, when Subrahmanya, his pet
son abused the parents for giving the fruit to Vinayaka as prize for making a mere single round of the
parents, amounting to Bhupradakshina according to sastras, whereas he actually went
round the world mounted on his peacock, in conformity with conditions laid down for winning the
prize. The word, thus game into existence subsequently referred to the august seat of Subrahmanya,
popularly called Muruga, and acquired such immense spiritual significance that it became one of
the most visit-worthy pilgrimage centres of our Bharat.
As his glory started spreading so fast and great
through miracles, he has been performing ever since he made this sacred hill as his
eternal abode, that it totally eclipsed the importance of the centuries-old shrines, and in
certain cases many paled into insignificance. Nay they are shining like glow-worms before the sun the
temple is. To be precise, he became the darting god of both class and mass, that there is no
home in Tamil Nadu without knowing or adoring him with utmost veneration.