Kannaki Durgai of Nallu thevan patti
The story of Kannagi whose husband was unjustly hanged by the king of Madurai is very famous. After this Kannagi burnt Madhurai and started walking towards Chera Nadu. It seems a sage called Tholandi Pathan who was doing penance in a mountain near Nallu thevan patti stopped her and made her the goddess Kannagi Durgai. They agreed. They were asked to. This village is 2 km distant from Usilam patti of Madurai district. A girl of Aariyapatti village which is 10 km from this village came and settled down in this village after marriage. Once, her daughter was sleeping in a cradle. Instead of asking the village Goddess Kannaki Durgai to guard the child she asked Kalyani Karuppu, the goddess of her village to guard the child. Her father –in –law became enraged and hummed. He was a man of God. So the child died in the cradle itself. The child’s mother went and asked explanation from Kalayani Karuppu. Her relations also appealed to that God. The enraged Kalyani Karuppu came in to Nallu Thevan patti and started killing people of the village. The local villagers engaged a magician. He wanted to imprison Kalyani Karuppu in a pot. When he was trying to do that Kalyani Karuppu went and appealed to Poongodi Ayyanar. He told him, “after imprisoning you in the pot the magician will ask whether you are Kalyani Karuppu .You tell him that you are not Kalyani but Yeliyani. For making you tell the truth he will search for his cane. At that time, you escape from the pot.” Kalyani Karuppu did accordingly and started destroying Nallu thevan patti. Then the villagers of this village appealed to Tholandi Pathan. He then showed them Kannagi Durgai and asked them to take her. Then the Kannaki Durgai which was a statue asked them, “offer me pongal in 1000 pots, sacrifice 100 buffalos and seven women who are pregnant. Then I will get down from this mountain. They agreed to the condition and took her to their village. As soon as they got in to the plain, the goddess asked the villagers to keep her there. She started her fight from there it self. She started killing the people of Ariyapatti indiscriminately. Then the villagers decided to have a treaty. They decided that these villagers would not inter marry. They should not talk to each other and should not go to even death of relation in each others village. After this Kalyani Karuppu and Kannaki Durgai cooled a bit.
Even to this day part of the treaty is being offered by these villagers. There is no inter marriage between these villagers. At that time the people of Nallu Thevan Patti compelled the husband of the lady who was the cause of all these problems, back to her village. The husband refused. From then on, this family lives there but is boycotted socially by other villagers. Nowadays slight improvement is there in mutual relations.
Also they were not able to offer seven pregnant women as sacrifice to Kannaki Durgai. She is still waiting in their border and protecting them.
For removing black magic, and to get children people pray to Kannaki Durgai. On Tuesdays and Fridays, there is huge rush in this temple. On the 15th of Purattasi, there is a festival in this temple. People do not go and stand in front of the goddess as they are afraid she will demand for the sacrifice promised by their ancestors.