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Manipur

About Manipur

Due to its geographical situation, Manipur is a shining pearl in the Himalayan system. Jawaharlal Nehru once described Manipur as the 'Jewel of India'. Manipur is a natural delight with hills around the cup-shaped valley and numerous small lakes and swamps.

History of Manipur

Manipur has population of two groups, the people who inhabit the hills called the Nagas and those who inhabit the valley called the Meiteis. The hills are also inhabited by the group called the Kukis. Imphal is the political capital of Manipur.


 Festival of Manipur

 Lai-Haraoba: - Celebrated in hour of the sylvan deities known as Umang Lai, the festival represents the worship of traditional deities and ancestors.

Yaoshang(Dol Jatra):- Celebrated for five days commencing from the full-moon day of Phalgun (February/March), Yaoshang is the premier festival of Manipur.

Ratha Jatra: - One the greatest festivals of the Hindus of Manipur, the festival is celebrated for about 10 days in the month of Ingen (June/July). Lord Jaganath leaves his temple in a Rath locally known as Kang pulled by pilgrims who vie with one another for this honour. 

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Culture of Manipur

The People of Manipur are popularly known as Manipuris and they fall under two main classes namely the Bishnupriyas and the Meiteis. Apart from these two main classes the land is inhibited by numerous tribes. It is believed that the Bishnupriyas are Indo Aryans belonging to the Kshatriyas and are firm by origin.

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