Palani Panchamirtham is the oldest form of jam or fruit mix and preserves very well even for the month. And the saying is that “the older it is, the better it tastes”, The secret lies as much in the art of preparing it as in the quality of the fruit that is used as the basic ingredient.
Panchamirtam, collected after abshishekam, is not only a delicious and nourishing food; but also has astonishing properties which keep it in condition suitable for consumption over a long period, without refrigeration. You are advised to buy all your requirements from the Devasathanam and to transfer the contents to you own containers for proper preservation.
Interested persons may visit the panchamirtam making kitchen in the Devasthanam production unit. The Devasthanam has now made arrangements to manufacture Pancgamirtam by using electrical.
Panchamirtham is prepared by this temple by mixing of proportionate quantity of Banana, Sugar, Gee, Honey, Seedless Dates, Cardamom and Sugar Candy. It is hygienically prepared and filled by Automatic Machine. Panchamirtham is filled in 1/2 kg PET jar and laminated tins and sold in different location like Hill Temple, rope car station, winch station, Patha Vinayagar Temple, Tiru Avinankudi Temple and bus stand information center.
The capacity of the winches is 36 seats and length of the way is 290 meters from base station to hill temple and travel time is only 8 minutes. The cost of winch is cheap. It operates from 5.20 AM to 9 PM. On festival days Winch will be operated from 3.20 am to 9.00 pm.
Three man Riding Haulage Winches are operated. The 36 seater 1st winch was installed in the year 1966, the 32 seater 2nd winch was installed in the year 1981 and the 36 seater 3rd winch was installed in the year 1988.
Along the winch tracks beautiful green garden is maintained, water falls and Lily ponds are maintained at the lower winch station.
The rope-car takes only 2.45 minutes to cover the distance of 323 metres. The rope car is faster than winch. The Rope car system is introduced for the first time in Tamilnadu at Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple, Palani for the benefits of the devotees.
A mono Cable Fixed Grip Reversible Jig-Back ropeway system is being operated with four cabins on each side with 350 passengers per hour capacity with travel time of three minutes.
The rope way is operated from 7 A.M to 9 P.M with one hour break between 1.30 P.M to 2.30 P.M.
Fare for Rope Way
- One Way trip – Rs. 15/-
- Special way – Rs. 50/-
Italian and Korean grass giving rock a greenish look were planted on the hill embarkment on the rope car station. A 30 meters high artificial water fall is being created along the rope car alignment. Flower giving plants are also planted adding beauty to the location. Watering all these, water spray guns are used.
Second rope way system of the same existing type but with higher capacity is going to be installed for which necessary action has already been taken.
Italian and Korean grass giving the rock a greenish look was planted on the hill embankment on the rope car station. A 30 meters high artificial water fall is being created along the rope car alignment. Flowering plants are also planted to create a beautiful sight. The eye-catching green park has drip and sprinkler facilities. Artificial falls and greenery are now an added attraction.
Material Ropeway System
The installation of material rope way at cost of Rs. 36 Lakhs to bring down the carbages collected at the hill temple is in progress.
Tonsuring can be done by paying Rs. 10/- at the following tonsuring sheds.
- Tiru Avinankudi Temple mudi shed
- Shanmuganathi Mudi Mandapam
- Round tana
- Near Head Office
- Lower Winch Station
- Near Patha Vinayakar Temple
- Mudished (Near Devar Statue)
In the name of hair collecting license, the hair offered by the pilgrims was auctioned by open auction or tender system. In fasli 1418 the tender amount was less than the previous year, so the temple itself collected the hairs and sold it directly.
During Thai Poosam, the pilgrims from Edappadi offer their hair on the river bank at Manoor to a large extent. To collect the hair of the large number of the pilgrims, for the first time, temporary tonsuring sheds have been established at Manoor river bank.
The temple administration provides food to tonsuring labourers with temple license. It is done to avoid waiting of the by pilgrims for a long time and also to prevent the out side tonsuring labours from tonsuring and collectig hair unauthorizedly.
Free darshan facility is offered to every woman offering her hair and to one member along with her.
The tonsuring place maintained by temple has been modernized with enhanced hygienic conditions. At present, for the ever-increasing pilgrims to hair dedication a new tonsuring spot has been additionally established near Pathavinayagar Temple. Thiruavinankudi Temple mudi shed is modernized with tiled flooring, false roofing and air-conditioning facilities.
Steps and Elephant Path
Besides climbing up the hill by Ropeway and Winch, there are other two ways viz Steps and Elephant Path. HR & CE department has sanctioned to construct 100 Nilal Mandapams in the elephant path by way of donor. In the elephant path two Nilal Mandapams were finished at a cost of Rs.3.7 lakhs. Three mandapams are in progress and three mandapams are permitted to be constructed.
Now, the temple administration is going to provide purified water using the reverse osmosis system in the elephant path and steps.
The temple administration has a proposal to construct an information centre and a Clock Room adjacent to Pathavinayagar Temple. To manage the overcrowd of devotees in-front of Pathavinayakar Temple at foot steps during the festivals such as Thaipoosam and Panguni Uthiram, an alternative diversion arrangement has been made through Kumbapisheka Arangam to Elephant Path.
Similarly a permanent stainless steel que line with toilet facility has been made in the northern side of the hill (Chinnakumarar Mandapam) at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crores.
The Golden Chariot at the Hill Temple was made using 4.73 kg of gold and 63 kg of silver. This Golden Chariot was donated on 17.8.1947 by Tiru V.V.C.R. Murugesa Mudaliar of Erode.
The fee for the Thangaratha Ula (Golden Chariot Procession) is Rs.2,000/,for which two members are allowed. The Golden Chariot procession is held on every day, except on festival days (Thai Poosam 4 days, Panguni Utharam 4 Days, Navarathiri 10 days, Soorasamharam 1 day and Karthigai Deepam 1 day)
This chariot is at Arulmigu Periyanayagi Amman temple one of the subtemples and it was donated in the year 1939 by Tiru Ummudi Ramaiah Chetty and Gurusamy Chetty & Co. of Chennai. The weight of the chariot is 713.725 kg The silver Chariot is drawn only on 6th day of Thai Poosam Festival, 6th day of Panguni Utharam festival, Chirtra Paurnami and last Adi Friday.
Three wooden chariots are at Arulmigu Periyanayagi Amman Temple and one chariot is at Poomparai Temple, Kodaikanal. Wooden Chariots’ processions are conducted only on Thai Poosam, Panguni Uttiaram, Vaikasi Visakam and for Mari Amman festival.