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Palani Panguni Uthiram 2024 – 10-day Panguni Uthiram Festival at Palani Murugan Temple

Panguni Uthiram is one of the most important festivals at the Palani Murugan Temple . It is a 10-day festival. Palani Panguni Uthiram 2024 date is March 25. The most important events during the period are the celestial wedding of Sri Murugan with Sri Valliyanaki Amman, Panguni Uthiram holy car procession and the firecracker festival. Murugan devotees carry Kavadis – they also carry holy water from Cauvery River , sugar, and tender coconut. Abhishekam with holy water is performed on all days to the main Murugan murti in the temple. The festival begins with the flag hoisting at the Thiru Avinankudi Temple near Malai Adivaram (downhill) in Palani. On all the 10 days Palani Murugan with Sri Valli and Sri Devayani goes in procession around the Palani Hill.

Ekambareswarar – Story of Shiva as Ekambareswarar

Shiva is worshipped as Ekambareswarar in the form of Pirthvi Linga (one of the panchabhoota lingas) at the Ekambareswarar Temple in Tamil Nadu. The story of this form of Shiva is associated with Goddess Parvati. Legend has it that once when Shiva was in deep meditation and Goddess Parvati, who was in a playful mood, closed the eyes of Shiva. This led to total commotion in the universe. An angry Shiva scolded Goddess Parvati and asked her to go and meditate on earth. Goddess Parvati then went to earth and created a Shivling and started worshipping it. This is the famous Pirthvi Linga, which is one of the Panchabhoota Lingas. Shiva tried to test the devotion and loyalty of Goddess Parvati. To overcome the tough situations, Goddess Parvati was helped by Vishnu. Finally pleased with the devotion of Goddess Parvati, Shiva united with Her. The reunion happened under a mango tree. Eka – means one; Ambara means mango; and Ishvarar is Shiva. Shiva is worshipped as Ekamb