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Omalloor Sree Rakthakanda Swamy Temple – Festival – Story – History

Sree Rakthakanda Swamy temple is located at Omalloor village in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Sree Rakthakandeshwara. The deity was earlier known as Karuthakandan. It is believed that once blood appeared on the murti and from that day onwards the deity came to be known Sree Rakthakanda Swamy.

The 10-day annual festival begins on the Uthram nakshatra day in Medam month.

People are not sure Sree Rakthakandeshwara represents which deity in Hindu pantheon. Some people believe that the deity is Sastha.

The temple earlier face east but now it faces west.

Story Of Omalloor Sree Rakthakanda Swamy Temple

A woman belonging to Kariyathil Nair tharavadu once went to take bath in the Achankovil river along with her child. They saw flowers floating in the river and they collected it in a flat vessel. But later when they attempted to lift the flat vessel they were unable to move it.

A divine person (Deva) appeared on the banks of the river and he shot an arrow. The temple was built on the spot where the arrow fell.

It is believed that Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna of Mahabharata, consecrated the murti in the temple.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Ganapathi, Moorthi and Nagam.

The temple has nadaswaram musical instrument, kalchangala (like iron chain), and mani (bell) carved out of granite stone.