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Manipur Temples

Manipur is a tiny state with seven mysterious ranges of Hills called as the 'Land of  Jewels'. Many temples in Manipur are made popular by virtue of mention in of Manipur in the epic Mahabaratha. It is believed to be the meting place of Arjuna and Chitrangada and therefore Manipur temples have become the prime focus and attraction for pilgrims from different parts of the country. The main and famous temples Manipur is Sri Govindaji temple in the capital city Imphal, is close to the royal palace. This famous of the temples in Manipur, exudes charm and radiance with lush gardens, tall trees and a superb lake; with the temple itself resembling a palace. About 45 kilometer from Imphal is Moirang that houses famous temples Manipur, dedicated to the Lord Thangjing a pre-Hindu deity which attracts large crowd of devotees throughout the year. Also among the popular Manipur temples, a Vishnu temple in Bisnapur is very old and dates back to the 16th century, that is a must see temple in Manipur. Another famous of the temples in Manipur, Sri Hanuman temple lies amidst the Mahabali forest near the banks of Imphal River that dates back to the 18th century, has a Hanuman sculpture carved out of a single rock. The Sanamahi temple in Imphal dedicated to the Lord Sanamahi dates back to the 19th century. Many devotes offer prayers twice daily—at dawn and sunset—weekly and annually, when the famous festival ‘Honjjungha’ is held in the month of September. Besides, the Leimapokpam Keirungba temple, Radharaman temple and the Lord Krishna temple of Brahmpur Leikai are also among famous temples Manipur.

Apart from Manipur temples, Manipur temple festivals are extremely popular in the country and abroad too. Many Manipur Temples festivals like the Lai-Haraoba, Yaoshang or Dol Jatra, Ratha Jatra, Kut is of the Kuki-Chin-Mizo tribes, Gang-Ngai the festival of Kabui Nagas, Chumpha the festival of Tangkhul Nagas, Cheiraoba the Manipur New Year, Heikru Hidongba, Ningol Chakouba, Lui_Ngai_Ni a collective festival of the Nagas among many others, mark unique festive celebration with dances and songs.

The area of Manipur is around 22,327 square kilometers and the population is approximately around 2,400,000. Manipur has got a lot of tourist destinations like the famous Manipur Temple Shree Govindajee Temple, Khwairamand Bazaar, Manipur  Zoological Garden, Langthabal (historic sites), Moirang, Moreh, Phubala, Singda, Khongjom, Sahid Mandir, Khonghampat Orchidarium and Keibul Lamjao National Parks, War Cemetery, Saheed Minar, Red Hill, Loukoipat, Phubala Resorts among
others.

The famous Loktak Lake is just 48 kilometers from Imphal, and looks exquisitely pristine, while the Sendra Island is even more spectacular with the view of the entire lake. The Keibul Lamjao National Park, regarded to be the only ‘Floating National Park in the World’ lies on the outer reaches of the Lotkak Lake. This is also the home to the most endangered deer species called the ‘Sangai’ deer. The best time to visit Manipur is during the summer months when the climate is particularly cool, though winter months are also comfortable.

 

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