Cane and bamboo craft is an essential part of Manipuri households. Pottery is also an important part of the Manipur tradition.
Art & Crafts
Cane and bamboo craft is an essential part of Manipuri households. Pottery is also an important part of the Manipur tradition.
Cane and Bamboo:Bamboo is the natural resource abundant among the flora and fauna of Manipur. It is found copiously in the several districts of Manipur like Tamenglong, Churachandpur Jiribam and Imphal. Apart from Tripura, Bamboo is found in the largest capacity in the state of Manipur. The main products contrived by the Bamboo is sofa set, tray, basketry, mats, flower vase, chair, ashtray and various other ornamental and domestic utility items. However, the production of cane made article has considerably reduced due to the paucity of cane because of Jhum (Shifting) farming excessively practiced in these hill areas.
Stone Carving:The art of stone carving survives from the earliest practices of Manipur. It is its traditional craft. They utility items such as stone glasses, flower vases, plates, grinder, candle stands and bowls etc are extensively made in the famous district of Bishnupur. Following the age old custom of constructing engraved memorial stones with the description of the achievements of the deceased person, the artisans of Manipur still excel in this craft.
Kauna (Water Reed) Crafts:Impahal is the heart of kauna craft. Kauna, being a kind of reed generally grown in the wet and marsh lands is found in abundant in the valley of Manipur particularly near the valley of Imphal. The area is famous for the production of chairs, mats, cushions, bags, coasters and moorah and so on. These products enjoy great popularity in the region.
Wood Carving in Manipur:Wood carving is yet another popular art and craft of Manipur. Due the poor means of transport and communication, the area remains highly inaccessible. And this has left many craftsmen of Manipur depended on wood as their means of craft. They made host of wooden utility products like wooden tray, drum spoons and many such items.
Textile Weaving:The craft of textile weaving popularly known as Laichamphi, has taken the form of small scale industry and is practiced in almost all the local household of Manipur. They employ aboriginal method of weaving coarse cotton and silk clothes on the looms. For this cotton yarns are imported in bulk quantity. These cotton yarns are dyed in different colors like black, red, green, yellow, orange and pink. Further, horizontal and vertical strips along with geometric blocks are artistically arranged on them. Again these blocks are filled with smaller components of geometrical designs along with well maintained color pattern. This art: Laichamphi basically also mean cotton cloth. However the local demand is met by loin loom weaving.
Dolls and Toys:Manipuri dolls and toys reflect its traditional folk culture. They make them from various stuffs like wood, bamboo, cloth, and cotton, clay etc. These charming dolls and toys are available in their traditional ethnic outfits. The characters of the dolls are reproduced from the folk lore and mythology i.e. Radha Krishna, Khamba and Thoibi. And the toys are accessible in the caricature of different birds and animal.
Hand-Embroidery and Block Printing:Hand embroidery is one of the most popular crafts of Manipur. Both the ladies and gents in the state practice this art in the state. Manipur boasts of about ten diverse varieties of embroideries like Khamenchatpa Kabui, Namthang-Khut-hut, Motrangphee (Temple Design), Singh Nangpan (Flag Design) and so on. Intricate hand embroidery is done on various domestic pieces like handkerchief, bed cover, table clothes, T.V covers and many more. The prints of prominent national and local figures and animal themes are stitched on these pieces with perfection. Another popular form of craft hugely popular in Manipur is hand block printing. They are performed on and bed covers and pillow covers with sophisticated prints on them.
Manipuri costumes reflect the vibrant and unique culture of Manipur. The customary Manipuri costumes are known for their simple yet easy fittings. Their uses are flexible in accordance with the occasion. The traditional attire of women in Manipur is Phanek, a shawl known as Innaphi and a wrapping skirt called Sarong. Moreover the men folk of the state wear jacket and dhoti and a white pagri i.e. turban. However the change of time along with the spreading of Christianity, western education has also changed the dressing sense of the people of Manipur. They have become more fashion conscious. Jeans and jacket have struck with the chord of Manipuri youth. Though they still like to wear traditional costumes and have blended the old style with the modern sensibility. Like the Innaphis donned by the women of Manipur resembles modern drape around skirts. Instead of using thick texture to make an Innaphis, people of Manipur make it with the materials like silk and cotton. Manipuri like to wear different costume for different festivals. In fact separate costumes are made for separate festivities there. Like the Kumins and Potlois are traditionally worn for the festival of Rasa Leela. Phurits and Koks are yet other costumes worn during the festivals and other auspicious occasions. The Ningthoupee, Saijounba, and Phiranji, Lmaphie tribes use some other style of dressing.
Most of the Manipuri dances are temple dances which are performed with strict discipline and aesthetic expression. Rasleela-rasa is one such dance form. Kartal Cholom and Thabal Chouba are performed during festivals and are basically group dances.
Pung Cholom:Manipuri Maridanga or Pung is in the heart of Manipuri Sankritana music as well as Manipuri Classical Dance. It is an indispensible part of the socio- cultural and devotional ceremonies of Manipur. It has become a sort of ritual character for the people of Manipur, an object of reverence for them. Prior to the Ras Lila and Sankirtana, the performance of Pung Cholam is done for the invocation. This highly sophisticated classical dance number is characterized by the skillful sound modulation from whisper to the thunderous end. This dance form is a complex blend of rhythms with cross rhythms varies with time. The slow, quick and graceful movement of the body parts leads to some ecstatic height.
Ras Lila:Ras Lila is a famous form of folk dance of Manipur depicting the deep love of Radha and the attachment of the Gopis towards Krishna. This is generally enacted in front of a temple in an enclosure and enjoyed throughout the night. Ras Lila is a seasonal performance. It is first enacted at the Sheree Shree Govidajee temple in Imphal on the occasion of Kartik Purnima, Bashant Purnima and Sarad Purnima and then later at the local temples of the town and locality. The composition of Ras includes group dance, solo and duet performances with graceful dance movements and apposite costumes.
Located in the southward Sub-Himalayan ranges in the north east of India is the state Manipur. “Switzerland of India” as said by Lord Irwin, Manipur possesses of a truly remarkable landscape with gently rising and falling hills, captivating green valleys, intense forest and crystal clear lakes. Since ages more than about thirty tribal groups have coexisted in Manipur keeping up with the ever altering geo-cultural environment. These groups have never left their culture and tradition. To mark various prestigious and historic occasions an assortment of fairs are conducted with sticking to all the traditional aspects. Fairs provide the best insight to tradition and culture of Manipuri people. The fairs are celebrated with all the juvenility soaked deep with glee. Dance, music, games and everything enjoyable fills the fun and frolic air of the fairs. People greet each other with heart touching warmth which is visible all around. Besides, all the activities, food serve as one of the main attractions as you get to know about the multi cuisine of Manipur making the fairs lot more enjoyable. There is truly some thing distinct about the fairs that bounds you towards this naturally and culturally rich northeastwardly state of India.
Lai Haraoba is celebrated with dance and music for about 10 to 15 days. Holi, Ningol Chakouba and Yaoshang are also important festivals of the Manipur. Manipur Festival Tour would make you familiar with its rich and vibrant culture.
Kut Festival:Introduction to Kut Festival :
Manipur, the land of festivities, has the air filled with fun and frolic round the year. It is a land always full of life majorly backed by numerous festivals. These festivals reflect Manipur’s religious, social and cultural ambitions. The festivals provide relief people from their monotonous life and help them lead a better life, a life full of happy moments and moments to cherish life-long.
Description of Kut Festival :
The Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups of Manipur celebrate this festival as the autumn festival. At various places amongst various tribes the festival is known as Khoou or Chavang-Kut. It is a merry time for the villagers who harvest their field during this time and fill their stock till the brim after much labor. The festivities are accompanied by lots of songs and dances constituting the whole bustle of merry making. The festival is conducted every year in order to honour the one responsible for the plentiful harvest. In Punjab a similar sort of festival is observed every year. This festival is renowned as ‘Baisakhi’, feted every year on the very first day of the month of Baisakh. This time round the, the harvest is gathered at one place and the whole community celebrates the accomplishment of their hardship. The festival of Baisakhi, similar to the Kut festival is a reflection of opulence, which is enjoyed accompanied with both singing and dancing.
Christmas Festival in Manipur:>Introduction to Christmas Festival in Manipur :
Christmas is a festival that is celebrated in every nook and corner of the world. It is celebrated with much jubilance in the northeastern part of India too. Along with other religious groups, Christians too exist in quite a good number. For them Christmas festival is their most significant and the greatest festival. The fest of Christmas is celebrated with much joviality and in some of the prosperous areas festivities carry on for about a week. A particular community comprising of Kukis and Nagas in Manipur are Christians. Apart form the Christians, Christmas is celebrated by the almost all religions with the same gaiety and pleasure. People from every other religion take part in the festivities carried out during this festival.
>Description of Christmas Festival in Manipur :
Christmas, it is that time of the year when the mood is set to rejoice and the Christians in Manipur know exactly how to carry it. The religious and the sober portion of the celebrations consist of reading Bible and Gospel, singing Christmas hymns and carols, attending public lectures basically on Christ and other associated topics. Other than this religious prospect there are feasts, get together of friend and families along with other type of jubilant celebrations. During this time Christmas tress are set up with beautiful and vivid stars, crystal balls and other decorative items. Moreover, homes are bedecked with astonishing lights and other stuff to make them look brighter and more colorful than ever before. Every market and shop is decorated for the same. Although the Christmas festival is celebrated variously throughout India, the intensity and the bliss is same throughout. The festivities in Manipur continue till the New Year that is the 1st of January.
Ramzan ID in Manipur:Introduction to Ramjan ID in Manipur :
In Manipur a number of partying and festivals mark the calendar year keeping the celebratory feeling high. Because of the people from various religions and culture living together in Manipur, nearly every other festival is celebrated with the equal exuberance and keenness. Like any other religious community, Muslims too are settled in Manipur. Like anywhere else in the world, Ramjan ID is feted with high spirits and passion. The festival is celebrated in the ninth month of Hijri. It is the most popular and the biggest festival for the Muslims (Meitei Pangal) of Manipur.
Description of Ramjan ID in Manipur :
The festival of ramjan is being celebrated by Muslims every year and dates back to the era of Prophet Mohammed. During this festive season, from post sunrise till the time when the sun sets, Muslims do not consume anything such as food, water or any other things. Constant prayers surround the environment till the night when new moon appears. Consequently, on Shawwl’s second day the Ramjan ID is celebrated that is the month long fast is broken. This day is popularly known as the Id-Ul-Fitre. The day is celebrated with the life-size mouth watering feats, followed by exchanging of gifts and greetings in turn rejoicing the moment together with friends and family members. Each and every Muslim visit.
Lai Haraoba:Lai-Haroba, feted in the cool summer of May, is a significant festival celebrated to worship the regional gods like the Umang Thai and their ancestors. As per the legends, the greatest lord, Guru Sidaba, used to live in dark vacuum. Once that dark room where he resided got enlightened with rainbow, inspiring him to generate the world. To achieve this assignment he directed Atiya Guru Sidaba along with a being that guided a stringy system that was to include the human life.
Atiya Guru determined to consolidate the structure and hence went up to Sidaba Guru for the same. Sidaba rendered him a little dirt from his navel and seven women and nine men from the left side and right side respectively to help Guru Atiya. He commenced the job again taking help of these women and men. The first two efforts went into vain because of the frustrated Harba. But Sidaba Guru sent the deity of lightening for the rescue work who enslaved Harba and made Atiya Guru’s work easier. Then the Atiya Guru coagulated the structure making it fit the human life. Lai-Haroba is celebrated each year to commemorate this whole process, which with the passage of time has become an important festival for the Manipuri people.
Therefore, Lai-Haroba celebrates the course of creation and the twelve events in it exhibit the stages of creation. The festival is held every year in between the months of April and May and is complemented with dance performances and songs.
Manipuri community comprises of Kuki-Chin and Aryans people, thus, the people here basically speak in two languages. These two individual languages are “the Bishnupriya Manipuri language” and “the Meitei language”. While the Meiteis entered form the eastern side of Manipur, their language has the Tibeto-Burman group’s influence. Whereas the Bishnupriyas entered from the western side of the Manipur so they have the language pertaining to the Indo-Aryan group.
The Meitei Language:Meitei (named Meiteilon itself in the language) is the Tibeto-Burman language, part of the Kuki-Chin subgroup. Because the name “Meitei” was taken as the synonym with “Manipur” by passing a bill of language in the Manipur States assembly, the language has been incorporated as the Manipuri language in constitution of India’s eighth schedule. A journal from Imphal, ‘The Resistance’, dated 1976, 9 January, Manipur, remarked that – “Manipuri, denoted for Meiteilon (i.e. the Meitei language) is an unsuitable name. As the name neither signifies it as the Meitei’s language nor does it follows that the language is of the Manipuri people.”
The Meitei language or the Meiteilon is spoken majorly in the valley region of Manipur, Tripura, Assam and Nagaland in India. Besides, the language is also spoken in some parts of Bangladesh and Burma.
Meetei-mayek is Meitei language’s own script, which was primarily used to write Meeteilon (Manipuri) as late as the 18th century. Later on, the Bengali script was used to write the language, which is utilized till now.
The Bishnupriya Manipuri Language:BPM, BM or the Bishnupriya Manipuri Language has a touch of the Marathi, Sanskrit as well as the Sauraseni Prakits, although few words of Hindi language, few demoting words of the Assamese and the Meitei language along with a small touch of benignly language.
Bishnupriya Manipuri has basically two dialects, which are:
Rajar Gang (of the Kings Village)
Madoi Gang (of the Queens Village)
The Bishnupriya Manipuri language was initially limited only to the neighboring area of the Lake Loktak. The chief localities that used this language are identified as Mayang Yamphal, Khangabok Heirok, khunan, Ngakhong, Bishnupur, Thamnapoxpi, Bishnupur and so on. Later on, a majority of people from these localities moved to the neighboring states due to the conflicts that took place between the Manipuri provinces and because of the attack led by Burmese. As a consequence, it became difficult for the minority of Bishnupriyas to keep hold of their language form the impact of Meitei. Even though, Dr. G.A. Grierson in the year 1891 found out a significant number of people who spoke in this language residing in villages near Bishnupur also known as Lamangdong locally (LSI, Vol – V, Page 419). With the passage of time, now the language is spoken in some parts of Manipur (Jiribam Sub-division), Tripura and Assam in India, in Burma, in Bangladesh and in several other countries.
Manipur, one of the ‘seven sisters’ of the north eastern states of India, has a variety of folk music. People residing in both valley and hill are very much fond of music and songs. The Manipuri folk music consist of the countryside love songs called Khullong Ishei, the musical Lai Haraoba Ishei that comprise of lyrics with indirect references to the titillating mysticism and of course Pena Ishei that is escorted by a pena. Pena is an instrument made of a bamboo stick and the coconut or the gourd shell. Gradually, pena has become a kind of national symbol for the Manipuri people.
Khullong Ishei : It is a type of song that is generally sung by Meities when they head for their fields to work or for fishing. The song has no set pattern of sentences and words. Moreover, the sole theme of the song is love. The words and stanzas are adjusted by the singer on his own to the melodic tune.
Lai Haraoba Ishei : The real meaning of the song is concealed by the by some innocent sounding words, but one can easily point out that these songs are completely packed with erotic mysticism. The benchmark of the songs is their tunes, which are sung at Lai-Haraoba on some ceremonial occasions.
Pena Ishei : Khamba-Thoibi, the love story, is the theme of the song. The song is complemented with the soft tunes coming out of Pena, an instrument made of a bamboo stick and the coconut or the gourds dry shell. Besides these songs, there is this holy Thabal Chongba, the vintage nat music played at several particular functions, the devotional women’s songs of Napi Pala, Gaur Padas which is sung to praise Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and then Dhob, the song is accompanied by a large cymbal called Jhal. Manohar Sai is yet another genre of the songs entirely devoted to the 19th century man with the same name. A song entirely accompanied by the clapping is known as Khubaishei.
Nagas and Kuki are the two major tribal groups residing in Manipur.
Naga Tribes:The Naga tribes have a matrilineal society. A family in itself is a social unit. The wedded son establishes his house separately along with his wife and single children. There is no tradition of sending daughters to the homes where they are wedded. The senior most member of the house carries out all the required customary rites to the local deities. They maintain exogamy amongst the tribal kins and endogamy in between the Naga groups. The Luplakpa and the Khullakpa are two of the seniors of every Tankhul village, which look after the village administration. The authority has the religious origin. Separate clubs for the girls and the boys are present in the villages. The unwedded girls sleep in the girl’s club and the unwedded boys in the boy’s club. Moreover, girls are disallowed to enter boy’s clubs. The unwedded girl is even prohibited to have flesh of a male animal. The prohibition is also imposed during the period when a girl attains puberty. The patrilineal culture has male prepotency in several domestic affairs. Men are free to use nicotine whereas the women are strictly disallowed. The male component is permanent but a woman after her marriage is considered to be ex-hypothetic.
The society strictly believes that every girl and boys has some social responsibilities once they attain a certain age. For the girls it is fourteen years, thus, physical maturity is considered as one of the important requirements in order to make them socially accountable. After attaining a proper age the girls are married. The Naga culture believes that marriage is like a bond and an obligation that has to be carried out in the most appropriate manner. They strictly believe that marriages bestow a woman with the right to enter her husband’s clan. Morung Ghar, the female club, getting a visit from the male counterparts at night is not common, but they get a chance to meet on various occasions like ceremonies, festivals etc.
Exogamy is practiced by all the groups, the one who break the rule or does not follow it gets to face strict punishment. The price of the brides varies as per their husbands’ status, the village and the girls’ clan. Widows don’t have to face any restrictions when it comes to their remarriage. They can marry their departed husband’s brother, which is not a die hard rule, but divorce is not a regular thing. Furthermore, polyandry is not a custom with them.
The firstborn son gets to inherit nearly double the division of father’s stabile property and an equal division of the moveable one. Women are not allowed to share the stabile property. It is rare to see a murder in the clan, but a clan conflict may some times lead to a murder. All the disputes that may occur in the clan are settled with the help of the elders. Self-ordeals such as dipping into water and remaining there for the longest, touching a tiger’s teeth in order to take an oath and some other verbal oaths are quite common. Besides, Chirus pledge by the sun. In Marings pledge is taken near a circle made of stones in the village. Headhunting too was once distinctly prevalent amongst the Nagas. In various houses the skulls showcased as the accolades of power can easily be witnessed. However, this custom is no more followed by any of the Naga tribes. They feed themselves by fishing and hunting.
Kukis:Kukis practice exogamy amongst the relatives and endogamy amongst the clan. The marriage is allowed only between two exogamic tribes that are Kori (Mulchal) and Chanang (Musum). However, the marriage in between the same exogamic tribes is forbidden. The boy’s parents visit the girl’s parents to fix an engagement. If the engagement is broken by any of the side, it has to pay Mithun(a bison) as a fine. Polygamy is not the part of the Kuki society. Only the chief used to have wife more than one in number. Widow Remarriage exclusively depends upon the widow’s will. The bride price is valued by her beauty, her clan and the dowry value. For a chief’s daughter ten Mithuns used to be the bride price. The bride’s family would kill two pigs or cows and the boy’s family would come with rice beer in order to settle the bride price. Divorce is uncommon but under certain circumstances it can be settled. Adultery may be penalized but rape is considered to be an extreme crime. Amongst Kukis, the firstborn son receives the entire property, but this thing significantly depends upon the fathers will. It is usually not found that women inherit their father’s property but in some cases women have inherited their father’s property. The Kuki people are fond of dancing and singing, which can be witnessed in Chrachandpur, the cultural activities center.
Rajas or the wealthy men’s bodies are dried out over a dimly light fire that makes the flesh to stick to bones and hardened. Their bodies are then properly dressed and laid out for about one or two months before burying them at last. During the entire period the generosity at the home grieving is unrestrained, animals like horses, pigs, mithuns, cows, dogs and goats are killed in order to feed the guest. A good amount of the flesh is sent to friends and family residing in distant villages. Slain animals’ heads and that of the enemies are laid under the body of deceased as its property of the other world.
Place of Worship
Lord Krishna Temple and Govindajee Temple are some of the popular Pilgrimages In Manipur.
Manipur is a state of lively people who like to get indulged in food. They take pride in their traditional dishes which have the aroma and taste to instill you with enthrallment. Although, the Manipuri people like to keep their food simple excluding excess oil and spice in contrast to any other region in India, yet their dishes tastes marvelous and the fragrance of the food is simply spellbinding. The food they prepare is of the healthy type, the one for which many youngsters strive these days and doctors prefer. Manipuri food has some dishes that completely take over your senses, heart and soul with their remarkable taste and smell. Some of these dishes being:
Hawaizar curry (the fermented soyabean)
Mangal (the white peas) Ooti
Yongchak (Parkia Speciosa)
Soibum Ironba (the fermented bamboo shoot)
Sana Thongba (the Paneer curry)
When all a selection of the above mentioned stuffs is made and is presented together then it is famously called as the Manipuri Chaluk or in local terms Manipuri Thali. Besides, these super specialties of Manipur, oriental foods like the chowmin, Momos, thupka etc. can also be located in manuipur easily.
Building & Centre
War Cemeteries, Kangla Fort and Manipur State Museums are some of the places that attract a lot of tourists.
Parks & Gardens
Keibul Lamjao National Park, situated on the Loktak Lake of Manipur, is the only floating national park in the world.
Near the Pologround, is the interesting museum and is the best place to get a glimpse of the Manipur history and culture. It has a fairly good display of Manipur's heritage. It is open from 10 am to 4.30 pm on all days except Sundays and Holidays.
Moirang is about 45 Kms. from Imphal and is a very sacred place for the Manipuri people. It holds an ancient temple of the pre-Hindu deity, Lord Thangjing. The flag of the Indian National Army was first hoisted here on April 14, 1944. There is also an Indian National Army Museum depicting their struggle for India's independence. The museum is open from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. Traditional "Moirang Lai Haraoba" is celebrated in the month of May every year from the olden days. During the festival, both men and women in hundr... read more
It is the only floating National park in the whole world and is 53 kms. from Imphal. This is the last natural habitat of the marsh-dwelling brow-antlered deer of Manipur called "Sangai". Many waterfowl and migratory birds visit the Lake during November and March.
The National Park is on an island inside the lake. The lake has colourful water plants and provides facilities for boating and fishing.
Elds deer, Thamin deer, Brow-antlered deer, Sangai Dancing deer A whole lot of names for a single species, but thats h... read more
State : Manipur, in the north east of India.
Best time to Travel : November to April.
Weather Conditions : Temperate climate.
Location : Manipur Zoological Garden is located at a distance of about 6 km from Imphal in Manipur.
Know the Manipur Zoological Garden
About 6 km. from Imphal, towards the west, in Manipur Zoological Garden at Iroishemba lying on the Imphal Kangchup Road. You will find some rare to be found species in this zoological garden. A trip to the Manipur Zoological Garden, at the foot of the... read more
The temple is located in Imphal at Brahmpur Guru Aribam Leikai, on the banks of the Imphal River. The temple was patronized by king Charairongba and built in the year 1704 AD.
The temple is built in bricks. It is given a thick cement coating from outside. The pedestal is raised in three layers of bricks. A sound panel of flying staircases in the south facing facade matches the sturdy structure of the temple base. The sanctum cube and the porch walls separately support the dome like hemispherical roof.
The p... read more
The conical roofed shrine is devoted to Lord Vishnu. Built in 1467, during the reign of King Kiyamba, the temple is interesting for its ancient times and Chinese design. Bishnupur is also renowned for its stone production The lowest layer starts on 1-2 inches high platform. The brick layers at corners towards the portico and the staircases have been oriented to make a parallel turn in such a manner that these form a nice coherency of brick layers in niches. The temple body over its pedestal is in two storeys, the l... read more
The temple is situated in Imphal on the bank of the Imphal river amongst the groves, Mahabali forest. It was built by king Garib Niwaj in the year of 1725 AD.
The temple was built in bricks and later a cement coating was given to the entire structure. In front of the temple the Mandapa has been constructed which has shadowed the structure of the main temple. The pedestal of the temple is not visible from outside.
The sanctum cube and the porch walls are raised as a rectangular structure up to the roof. The ... read more
Description : Located in Manipur, Keibul Lamjao is probably the world's only 'floating' sanctuary that comprises 40 sq. km. of wetland overgrown with 1.5 m. deep floating vegetation (called phumdi). The park has several distinguishing features. Apart from the vegetation and terrain, an important highlight of the park is the Loktak Lake (6, 475 ha.), the largest freshwater lake in India; a large portion of which falls within the park. The entire Loktak Lake was protected and declared a sanctuary in October 1953, mai... read more
One of the largest freshwater lakes of the north eastern region of India is the Loktak Lake. The lake is a natural habitat for a large number of aquatic plants and animals. Noted for its socio economic importance to the people of the state of Manipur, the Loktak Lake was nominated as a wetland of international importance by the Ramsar Convention in 1990. The beautiful lake is dotted by a large growth of Phoomdis, which is the vegetative growth afloat on the Loktak Lake. The lake is one of the important tourist attr... read more
The Shree Govindajee Temple is a very important centre for the Vaishnavaites. It is located in Imphal, the capital city of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. The temple of Shree Govindajee in Imphal is devoted to Lord Krishna. In this temple, Lord Krishna is seen in the form of Govinda. The temple of Shri Govindaji is the abode of four deities, all of which are forms of Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Vishnu is considered as the Preserver of Mankind. The Shree Govindajee Temple has a shrine d... read more