Palani, Paḻaṉi, Pazhani: 5 definitions

Introduction

Palani means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Palani Āṇṭavar is the name of deity as found depicted in the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai (or Madura), which represents a sacred place for the worship of The Goddess (Devī).—Palani Āṇṭavar or Murukan is represented with two hands where the right hand is in kaṭaka-hasta (cenkol) and the left hand is in kaṭyavalambita-hasta. He is found in the standing posture named vaiśākha posture. With reference to dance, he is represented in samapāda-sthānaka with the right hand in kapittha and the left hand in ardhacandra on the waist. Vināyaka is found with the same features as described earlier in his normal form.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Oxford Reference: A Dictionary of Hinduism

Paḻani (Pazhani): The most important of six temple pilgrimage centres (tīrthas) in Tamil Nadu associated with Murukaṉ. The hilltop temple, which contains an image of Murukaṉ as Daṇḍapāṇi (‘staff-wielder’), is about 60 miles east of Madurai, and attracts millions of pilgrims every year.

India history and geogprahy

Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (historical)

Palani Hills (10°26’N;77°31’E) is located in the southern part of Tamilnādu. It is one of the wealthiest temple complexes in the south. Palani has become truly popular only in recent times. It is true that a Tamil text dating back to the 6th century refer to a site which this temple claims as its own, and the temple’s sthalapurāṇa claims that medieval kings came to worship here.

Palani is also known as ‘Sittan vālvu’, referred to in the earliest Tamil litetrary sources like Koṅgumaṇḍala Satakam. The famous Tamil poet Nacchinārkiniyar says that ‘Sittan’ is one of the thousand names of Lord Murugan and here ‘Vālvu’ means abode or habitation.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (history)

Palani is one of the six abodes of Murugan in Tamilnadu according to the Kanda-purāṇa. Palani is famous for Murukan obtaining the fruit of wisdom and appearing as ānṭi, a person owing nothing of his own.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

paḷaṇī (पळणी).—f unc (Verbal of paḷaṇēṃ) Fleeing. Ex. dēvāṃsīṃ māṇḍilī mahā pa0 ॥.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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