Kadha Maravar Kali of Keezhkathi
Kezhkathi is a very small village six km from Aranthangi of Pudukottai district. Once upon a time two brothers called China Maravar and Periya Maravar lived in this village. After the offering of meat during the festival to Karuppar, they used to share the meat equally. But during one festival, Chinna Maravar took more share saying that Periya Maravar had only a small family. When it happened in the next ear, the wife of Periya Maravar taunted him saying, “I won’t serve you food. Let the village and temple give you food.” Dejected Periya Maravar left the village and reached a far off forest. When he slept there, he was woken up by a small girl, who told him, “Don’t bother, I will help you”. Immediately he vanished. Periya Maravar thought that it was a dream and slept further. When he woke up, he found statue of Kali by his side. He took that statute and reached back his village. His wife received him properly and started treating him well. Periya Maravar consecrated the statue in the village. Suddenly the village started facing lot of problems. The villagers suspected that it was due to the newly installed temple. A magician advised them to install a Adaikkalam Katha Ayyanar temple near by. They did it and afterwards, Kali looked after them well. Since she was brought by periya Maravar, the kali was called Kadha Maravar kali or Katham periyal.
From the beginning her statue was made of mud. Every year the village will make two new idols. People as prayer would offer more. All old statues are removed and kept in the back side. The new ones are installed during the festival in the month of Adi (July-August) or Avani (August-September). Some how for a very long time festival has not taken place in the village.
The main offering to the Kali is offering of a sari. These Saris received are not sold or given to any body. They are bundled up and put in the hall behind the temple. Sin e the temple does no have a roof, these Saris get spoiled.
Another practice in the village is that Women do not do circling round the temple. Another prayer is to keep some money in the lap of Kali and take it back. This money is kept in the house safely. People believe this will protect their wealth. After one year that money is given to the temple and new money taken.
By the side of Kai , there is a Karuppu and near by is the Adaikkalam Katha Ayyanar. Temple. By his side many more sub gods like Chinna Karuppu, Periya Karuppu and12 different Ayyanars. By their side there is another statue of Kadha Maravar Kali.
On Tuesdays and Fridays , there is tremendous rush at the temple. On Fridays of Adi month, special buses run to this temple.