Lord Ganesha, who believed that his parents are his world, circumvented Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakthi and claimed the mango fruit. Lord Subramanya returned to Mount Kailash only to see Lord Ganesha eating the fruit. Lord Subramanya felt he was deceived. He renounced his family and came to this hill. Goddess Shakthi and Lord Shiva rushed to the hill and tried to pacify their son and henceforth called him, "Pazham Nee" [which in Tamil means "you are the fruit (of wisdom)"].

Idumban bore the hills slung across his shoulders in the form of a kavadi, one on each side and followed Agasthiar on his journey. As he approached Palani he felt fatigued, he placed the kavadi down to rest for a while. Idumban reaches Palani and feels the kavadi is suddenly heavy.

Idumban after his rest tried to lift his ‘kavadi’ so that he could continue on his journey but found that he could not lift them. He found out that there was an intruder in one of his hills and tried to attack him without realising who the intruder was. Lord Murugan immediately killed Idumban but he was later restored to life at the pleadings of Idumban’s wife and of Agasthiar.
Idumban then prayed to Lord Murugan that he be allowed to stand at the entrance to Lord Murugan’s shrines as ‘Dwarapalaka’ and any devotee carrying a ‘kavadi’ to these shrines in fulfillment of a vow should be granted his wish.

On the seventh day of the festival morning 10 am, the two baskets hanging at each end of the Kavadi contain milk (Palkavadi), charged subrahmanya mantras and pradakshina is done by the devotees. Finally Pal (milk) abhishekam is offered. It is believed that those who offered pal abhishekam will get deerkhayush (which

The importance of Thulasithara

We lit light in nilavilakku when it was dark in the thulasithara. Hence it is good to grow thulasi. It is also good to the body to consume theertham and one thulasi leaf daily. It is very good to offer thulasi to God when we visit temple. Actually there is the Chaithanya of goddess Lekshmi in the Thulasithara.