Mandakarai Kali Temple, Kali Village, Nagapattinam
Mandakarai Kali Temple is located at about 18 kms from Mayiladuthurai; after about 11 kms from Mayiladuthurai en route Kathiramangalam, take a diversion to the right (North-east) at Villianallur and travel further for about 7 kms to reach this Temple. Erstwhile this village is called as Srinivasapuram. It is said that the idol of main deity, Kaliyamman, was found in the Vikraman River.
Once when the village was suffering with multiple problems of flood, poverty and epidemic diseases, the benevolent Kali Amman, appeared in her favourite rose sari and blouse, mingled with the villagers while fighting to save and protect the villagers.
Since then, the rose sari is considered very auspicious to this Amman. Since the villagers were saved from the nature’s fury, Srinivasa Perumal appeared in several devotees dream and told to rename this village as Kali village instead of Srinivasa Puram. She remains at the entrance of the Kali Village in her valiant seat filled with compassion.