the fleeting touch of the holy idol can preserve the offerings for months and years, it is
no wonder that the sandal
paste, through contact with it all night, is surcharged with supernatural powers. Numerous
instances of such miraculous
cures are reported, and desires of pilgrims are largely satisfied, which makes them visit
the place again and again. For this special power of the image, Palani is
considered to be the most sacred of all the six places of Subrahmanya's divine presence.
Devotees on vow carry miniature Kavadis, which are
available on hire locally, on their shoulders and climb up the steps to the
sanctum sanctorum to propitiate Him. This is a daily sight in the temple.