21 Amazing Facts About Manipur
Manipur is one of the seven sister states in North-eastern India. Name Manipur derived from thee names ‘Mani’ and ‘Pur’
Mani means gems or Jewel and Pur means Land. So, it is a “Land of Jewels”.
Let’s have look at some amazing facts about Manipur.
Land of Jewels – the land of Manipur is known as ‘ a land of Jewels’. There are nine hills with oval-shaped in Manipur at its center. The first Prime-Minister of India has given this name to Manipur.
World’s only Floating Islands – In Loktak Lake of Manipur, there are series of floating islands which are known as “Phumdis”. Local people use these Phumdis to build huts and to practice fishing. These are a worldwide famous group of islands.
Unique Deer Found only in Manipur – Sangai deer is an endemic and endangered subspecies of deer and can be seen only in Manipur. It is a state animal of Manipur state. It also is known as ‘Dancing Deer’. It has unique distinctive antlers, with long brow tine.
Floating National Park -Keibul Lamjao National park is located in Loktak Lake in Manipur and it is the world’s only floating national park. It has a 15.4 sq mi area.
Mother’ Market – It is the only market in the world that is run entirely by women. It is also known as ‘Ima Keithel’ in the Manipur and situated in the capital of Manipur, Imphal.
Origin of Polo Game – Polo is the oldest team game in the World and played on horseback between two teams. Each player uses mallets with handles to drive a wooden ball. Although it is Britishers who introduced this game to the World. It was originated from the Manipuri game ‘Sagol Kangjei’. It is also known as ‘Sport of Kings’.
State with Various Pet Names – Manipur is known by the various names by its neighbouring cultures such as ‘Shan, Pong, Kathe, Meklee, Manipureshwar, and Meckley.
Nutritious and Healthy Cuisine – Manipuri people eat boiled food in their daily diet and use less oil in the food. Their food is full of herbs in their food.
Higher Literacy Rate than National Literacy Rate – The literacy rate of Manipur state is 79.85% which is higher than the national Literacy rate which is 74.04%.
World’s Tallest Pier Bridge – The Indian Railways is going to construct a world’s tallest pier bridge on the river Ijail in Manipur. It will be surpassing the record of Pier Bridge Mala built on Rijeka Viaduct in Europe. This will be the part of 111 kilometer-long Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal line project.
State Tree of Manipur – Uningthou is the state of the tree of Manipur it is also known as ‘Phoebe Halnesiana’. This tree has economic importance in Manipur as its timber is used to produce furniture, boxes and crates, and many other products.
No Use of Hindi Language – In Manipur people don’t like to speak the Hindi Language. Meitie and Tibeto-Burman languages are spoken in Manipur.
Bollywood Films are Banned – In Manipur, Bollywood film cannot be released as many insurgents from the Manipur protested against the Hindi film industry and boycotted Bollywood films.
Needs Special Permission to Visit Manipur – International as well as domestic tourists are not allowed to visit Manipur without special permission taken from officials. The reason behind this is many insurgencies and violence in the Manipur.
Hinduism and Christianity are Major Religions – In Manipur 41.39% of people follows Hinduism followed by Christianity with 41.29%. But Hinduism is dominantly followed by the Meeting people.
India’s First Floating Elementary School – India’s first elementary school is situated at the Loktak in Manipur. This school is built for those students who are dropouts, who remained homeless because of the evacuation of floating islands located in Loktak Lake.
Imphal Airport – It is the 2nd largest airport in North-eastern India. And also the Third largest busiest airport in the northeast. This airport connects with major cities in India.
Handloom Weaving and Sericulture – these two industries produce mass employment in the Manipur. Manipuri silk sarees and its embroidery work are famous in India. And has a high demand in India.
Home of Many tribes – Manipur is home to a total of 33 tribes that falls under the Kukis or Nagas. They communicate with each other in their dialect of Manipuri language.
Mix Art and Defence Together – Manipuri people have mix martial arts into their culture and have formed new traditions in Manipuri culture. They dance with swords and wrestling has become part of their culture.
Importance of Bamboo – Bamboos have economic importance in the Manipur. It is also part of Manipuri cuisine.