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About Manipur
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Manipur literally means a jeweled land. Manipur is situated in the northeastern part of India. This town is nestled deep within a lush green corner of the north east India and surrounded by blue hills with an oval shaped valley at the centre. Manipur is bordered in the north by Nagaland, in the east by Myanmar (Burma), in the south by Mizoram, and in the west by Assam. It seems much like an exquisite work of art executed by superb hands of nature and is indeed a state of exquisite natural beauty and splendors. Manipur is rich in art, culture and tradition and surcharged with nature's pristine glory. Mrs. St. Clair Grimwood described it as "a pretty place more beautiful than many show places of the world" and Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru described it as "Jewel of India". The people here are very polite and hospitable. The Raasleelas and the classical dance of Manipur hold a very significant position in the cultural map of India. The climate of Manipur varies from the tropical to sub-alpine types. The summer months here are moderately hot and the winters are comfortable.

History of Manipur

Manipur was always independent of its neighboring tribal areas. Manipur was often invaded by Burma, and enjoyed long and stable governments for a good time. In 1826, Manipur became a part of British India following the Yandaboo treaty with the East India Company. This treaty was an agreement at the end of the Indo-Burmese war that established the sovereignty of the British government. Manipur came under the British rule as a princely state after the defeat in the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891. During the World War II, the Japanese forces marched to Manipur. After independence of India in 1947, the princely state of Manipur was merged in the Indian Union on October 15,1949 and became a full-fledged state of India on the 21st January, 1972 with a Legislative Assembly of 60 seats, out of which 20 are reserved for Scheduled Tribe and 1 is reserved for Scheduled Caste. The State is represented in the Lok Sabha by two members and by one member in the Rajya Sabha.

Festivals of Manipur

The festivals of Manipur hold special importance to the people of the state. Most of their festivals are characterized by traditional dance and music and refreshment. The Yaosang festival is celebrated on the full-moon day of March. This festival is celebrated to welcome the spring season. There are various other festivals like the Cheirouba, the Manipuri New Year and Ningol Chakaouba. The festival to reassure the loving relationship of the siblings is known as Ningol Chakaouba. Kut is another festival that marks the harvesting season in Manipur. Feasts, traditional drinks, and merrymaking are the main characteristics of the festival.

Manipur Festivals, Festivals of Manipur
Places in Manipur

Manipur has a lot to offer to the tourists visiting this state. Some of the tourist attractions in Manipur are the Shree Govindajee Temple (a pilgrimage as well as historic center of the Vaishnavite), Kaina (a sacred place of Hindus), Khwairamand Bazaar (a market place run by women), Manipur Zoological Garden, the beautiful Loktak Lake and Sendra Island. Besides, Langthabal, Moirang, Moreh, Phubala, Singda, Khongjom, Sahid Mandir, Khonghampat Orchidarium, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Sekta Archeological Living Museum, and the Manipur State Museum are also worth visiting places in Manipur.

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Dances of Manipur

Manipur Dances, Dances of Manipur

The ancient musical forms of the valley dwellers are closely connected to the worship of Vishnu which are expressed in the Manipuri School of Indian Dance. The Rajashree Bhagyachandra created the famous Ras Lila, the classical dance of Manipur, out of his enchanting dream by the grace of Lord Krishna. The Rasa Lila dances that usually adopt a Krishna-Gopi theme are performed at every ceremony. The 'Sankirtanas' often precede the Rasa. The tribal ritual dances, some of which are performed by priests in front of deities are very different and may end in a trance. The various other dances that last for several days observe a strict form and are accompanied by the drone of a bowed instrument called the "pana".

How to reach Manipur

By Air:
Imphal, the capital of Manipur is well connected with the rest of the country by air. Imphal connects the place with Guwahati, Delhi, and Calcutta.

By Rail:
As there is no railway network in Manipur, so the nearest railway station to reach Manipur is Silchar in Assam.

By Road:
Manipur is well linked with the rest of the country by both national and state highways.

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