Languages : Manipuri, Hindi, English and tribal dialects spoken
in the hills.
Population : 4,00,000.
Area : 29.57 sq. kms.
Imphal a mini-metropolis the capital of this beautiful land of blue-green
hills, cascading rapids, carpets
of flowers and winding rivers beckons the tourist. It is connected
by road with Guwahati (Assam) through National Highway No.53. Here
the Govindajee Temple is a prominent Vaishnavite centre. The simple
aesthetic structure has two golden domes and a large performed on
special occasions. The shrine of Vishnu is flamked by shrines of Krishana
& Bal Ram on one side and Jagannth on the other. In the heart
of the city are two memorials, the towering Shaheed Minar in Tikendeajit
Park that commemorates the mirtyrs who died fighting British Colonilism
and the war cemetery that revives the memories of those British and
Indian soldiers who led down there lives during the second world war,
which came to the doorstep of Imphal. The heritage of Manipur can
be viewed in the state Museum located near the Polo ground. It is
store house of Manipur's past. On display are works of art, archeology
natural history textiles besides a portrait collection of former rulers
of Manipur and armoury of the Royal army. If you feel like shopping
visit the unique Khwairmband Bazar. All the stall holders are women
almot 300 Imas or mothers it is split into two sections on either
side of the road.
27 kms away is Bishunpur famous conical roofed temple dedicated
to Lord Vishnu Built in 1467 during the regin of King Kiyamba, it
is interesting for its antiquity and chinese style design. It also
known for irs stone production. 45kms away is moirang. The town
is one of the main seats of early Manipuri folk culture with the
anicient temples of the pre Hindu diety Lord Thangjing situated
here. In the month of may men and women dressed in colourfull traditional
costumes ding, and dance in honour of the Lord at the Moirang Lai
haraoba which is a ritual dance festival held every year. This town
has a specilic historic importance, as it was here that Netaji Chander
Bose's Indian National Army (INA) hoisted its flag for the first
time on Indian Soil. The collection letters photographs articles
records and other memorabila are on display at the INA museum.
Manipur specialies in handloom which is a cottage industry
in the state and almost every household owns a loom with women busy
in the creation of typical unique native designs. Famous among them
is the Moirangphee designs belived to have been introduce by princess.
Thoibi of Moirang the Phanek or snake designs constituting red and
black stripes. Symbloic of snakes. Pickup an exotic shawl cover
bedspread or ready made garments. Choose a handicraft to decorate
your home Krishna Radha dolls in Raslia pose, Phirooks or decorative
papier mache flower vases, baskets bamboo trays or just wear a bamboo