Subrahmanya Temple or Kartikey Temple in Kodaikanal

The temple houses an idol of medicinal herbs.

The temple houses an idol of medicinal herbs. | Photo credit: C21K/Wikipedia

Subrahmanya Temple or Kartikey Temple Overview

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Subrahmanya Temple, also known as Kartikey Temple and Palani Murugan Temple, is a prominent place of worship in South India. More than seven million devotees visit this holy site, which is located approximately 65 km away from Kodaikanal in Palani.

Built atop the Sivagiri Hill, this shrine commands spectacular views of the city. As per legends, when Lord Kartikey (son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) lost the golden fruit to this brother Ganesha, He became furious and wanted to vent out His anger. Thereafter, He ran from Kailash Parvath (the abode of Lord Shiva) to this hilltop.

Dedicated to Lord Kartikey, also known as God Murugan and Dandayathapani, this temple houses an idol made of medicinal herbs. The architectural style of the temple bears consistent features of the era that dates back to the reign of Pandya rulers.

A prime highlight of the shrine is the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum), surmounted by a golden Gopuram. The walls of the sanctum feature stone inscriptions that mention offerings made by devotees to the temple. There are three different ways to reach the shrine – by steps, funicular (cable) railway running on three tracks and electrically operated winch.

  • Opening Closing Time 05:00 am - 12:00 pm
    04:00 am – 09:00 pm
    Open all days

  • Entrance Fee Free

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