Omallur, a small village located 5 kms south of Pathanamthitta town, is famous for Rakthakantha Swamy Temple also known as the Omallur Ambalam. A cattle fair called Vayalvanibham is held here annually for 10 days in the Malayalam month of Meenam (March-April) that is attended by a large number of people from different parts of the world. The fair highlights the diverse agricultural and animal products of the district.

The Raktha Kanda Swamy Temple is a grand temple situated in Omalloor and is also known as Omalloor Ambalam. It is one of the many pilgrim centres on the way to Sabarimala from Pandalam, the place of birth of Sree Ayyappan. In olden days, the place was known as Nallur It was after the arrival of Lord Omkaramoorthy (Infinite Almighty) that the name was changed as Om Nallur which was later altered as Omalloor.

The temple traces its origin back to 8th century AD. The Golden Flag Staff that is currently seen in the temple today was erected in the year 1952 AD. Omallur shrine has numerous remarkable stone carvings. Kallunadasvaram (Stone Nadasvaram) and Kalchangala (chain made by stone) are two among them. The temple is under the managerial control of the Travancore Devaswom Board.

The Deity 

Omkaramoorthy (Parabrahma-Infinite God) is the chief deity. The stone idol represents no image. But pooja (worship) is performed on the sankalpa (concept) that the deity is Lord Sastha. Lord Siva, Goddess Bhagavathi, Lord Ganapathy, Saptha Mathas (Seven holy mothers), Nagaraja, Naga Yakshi are the parivara deities.

Legend and Stories 

The legend behind the establishment of the temple is as follows: Once Lord Brahma and Lord Maha Vishnu decided to find out the source and end of Sivalinga. Lord Brahma took the form of a swan and travelled upwards and Lord Maha Vishnu, as varaha, downwards. Even after many years of flight they could not reach their endpoints. Lord Brahma however claimed that he had reached the top and produced a flower of screw pine as proof. Recognizing that Lord Brahma was not telling the truth, Lord Siva removed one of his heads. Lord Vishnu gathered the slashed head without letting it fall on the earth and consecrated it at Kallalil, a village to Omalloor. Many years later a competition was held at Kallalil village by two rival groups. The routed group took the statue and tossed it into the Achankovil River. The life-force of the statue took the form of a flower and a boy who was taking bath in the river with his mother caught hold of it. Then the Lord shown Himself before them and told to build a temple there for him.


The temple is well-known for its yearly festival of 10 days in month of Medom of Malayalam Era. The 10 days festival is celebrated by 10 Karayogams (village communities) in and around Omalloor. On the festival days there is a customary Arattu march to the River Achenkovil more than 10 elephants decorated with Nettipattom (adorned on the forehead) will be the speciality of this Arattu.

Manjinikkara Dayara Church

It is a famous pilgrimage centre. It is here the mortal remains of Mar Ignatius Elias III, the Holy Patriarch of Anthioch, are kept. The important festival of the church is held in February every year. A large number of pilgrims visit the church to receive spiritual blessings.

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