green state of Manipur, and Imphal its capital,
has all the fine, merged, tints of a water colour. Faiths and traditions
and life styles seem to flow into each other with a softedged grace
so that it is impossible to know where one ends and the other begins.
The Manipur valley is watered by rivers threading out of the dark,
mist-topped, ranges. Bright green fields stretch all the way to
mountains. Like the Nair women of Kerala the women of Manipur
are trained in the fierce local Martial art known as Thang-ta. Both
the men and women are dressed in black and they wield their swords
like slicing, flashing, propellers, and when their swords clash,
sparks fly. In marked contrast, is the delicate, marionette-like,
Manipuri dance. The dances suggest the relationship
between the dancers and their Divine Master, Lord Krishna. The principal
deity here is carved out of a jackfruit tree in response to a dream
which Rajarshi Bhagyachandra had in the 18th century. Older forms
of worship, however, continue to exist in the veneration of forest
deities known as Umang Lais. Imphal gives a fascinating insight
into an archetypal Indian trend.
By Air: Nearest airport is Dimapur.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Dimapur 215 kms.
By Road: Dimapur.
Imphal, the capital of the easternmost state of
Manipur, is the centre of all cultural, commercial and
political activities. Manipur, popularly known as the "land
of jewels" splits up naturally into two parts - the hills and
the plains. The inhabitants of these two divisions have their own
distinctive dialects, customs and tribal costumes. Shri Govindjee
Temple is a historic centre for Vaishnavites. the Manipur State
Museum has a fairly good display of Manipur's tribal heritage and
a collection of portraits of Manipur's former rulers. In the heart
of the town, and in grounds now
occupied by the para-military forces for their training, there are
interesting ruins of an old fortress wall and a palace.
small in area, Manipur is rich in its culture, traditions, festivals,
dances, handlooms and handicrafts.
Altitude: 790 metres above at MSL.
Rainfall: 1980.8 mm (May to October).
Climate: 32.0 Deg. C. (Mean Max.), 0.0 Deg. C. (Mean Min.).
Best Season: October to February. Languages Spoken: Manipuri, Hindi
Shri Govindjee Temple, Khwairamband Bazaar, Manipur State Museum,
The Old Palace, War Cemeteries, Manipur Zoological Garden, Khonghampat
Orchidarium, Saheed Minar, Langthaband.
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By Air: Connected with Delhi via Guwahati and with Calcutta
via Agartala and Silchar.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Dimapur-215 km.
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