Palani Rathotsavam – Palani Temple Chariot Festival

Palani Rathotsavam is the annual chariot festival organized in the Palani Temple in Thai month. Three different types of chariots are pulled during the 10-day festival. The chariots are pulled on the 6th and 7th day of the festival. Palani Temple Chariot festival 2016 date is January 22, January 23 and January 24. It is observed the previous day of Thaipusam.

Kavadi of various types are offered to Murugan at Palani temple during the period.

On the 6th day, there is procession of Lord Muruga with Valli and Deivanai in the Silver Car. During this, Kavadi dance and rural musical-dance are performed.

On the 7th day there is "Thai Theru" (wooden Car) and thousands of devotees participate in this.

On the 8th day "Chinna Kumarar" goes round in His Golden Car.