Manjanikkara Dayara
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Manjanikkara Dayara

Manjanikara Dayara
Manjinikkara Dayra Church.jpg
LocationIndia Omalloor
DenominationSyriac Orthodox Church
TraditionSyriac, Malayalam
Founder(s)Skaria Malpan Elavinamannil
Dayro:Mor Yulios Elias Qoro
Other dedicationIgnatius Elias III Patriarch of Antioch
Relics heldHoly Relics of Ignatius Elias III, Mor Yulios Elias Qoro
Past bishop(s)Mor Yulios Elias Qoro
DioceseThumpamon diocese

Manjanikkara Dayara (Malayalam: ? ) is a monastery of the Syriac Orthodox Church. It is situated at the top of the hillock in Manjanikkara, near Omallur, Pathanamthitta District, in South Kerala, India. The monastery was established by Mor Yulios Elias Qoro, Patriarchal delegate to the Malankara Church. The Manjanikkara Dayro is the seat of the Patriarchal Delegate to Malankara and the metropolitan of the Simhasana churches (churches administered directly by the Patriarchate).[1][2]


On 11 February 1932, at the invitation of Kashisho Kuriakos Elavinamannil, the Patriarch Ignatius Elias III arrived at the Manjinikara Mor Stephanos church from Kallissery. On arriving at Manjinikara, the Patriarch said, "This place offers us much comfort; we desire to remain here permanently." He died there on 13 February.

Different opinions arose regarding the final resting place for the Patriarch--a situation that the church in Malankara never had to confront before.[] It was decided to inter his body in a plot of land to the north of the Mor Stephanos church, the title deed of which was transferred to the Patriarchate. On 14 February, the funeral services for the patriarch were held there.

The Mor Ignatios Dayro church was built by the Patriarchal delegate Mor Yulios Elias Qoro over the tomb of the Patriarch. The memory of the Patriarch is preserved by the Syriac Orthodox Church, especially in Malankara where thousands of pilgrims reach the tomb by foot on the annual feast day, 13 February, from all over the world.[3] Ignatius Elias is the only Patriarch of Antioch whose body is interred in Malankara.[]

On 20 October 1987, Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas through encyclical E265/87 permitted the Church in Malankara to remember his name in the fifth diptych.[]

The remains of Mor Yulius Elias Qoro and Mor Yulius Yacoub, former Patriarchal delegates to Malankara, are also interred in the church.[]

Tomb of Mor Yulios Elias Qoro
Fest and Foot Pilgrimage


  1. ^ "Manjinikkara Dayara Church - a Famous Christian Pilgrimage Centre at Omallur, Pathanamthitta - Kerala Tourism".
  2. ^ "Manjanikkara church fete begins". The Hindu. 5 February 2018.
  3. ^ " CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News, Current News Headlines". News18.

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