Sunday, January 29, 2023

Manipur pays homage to Maharaja Gambhir on 189th death anniversary


Manipur on Monday paid rich homage to Maharaja Gambhir Singh, the king who restored normalcy in the Manipur kingdom consequent to the seven years devastation in between 1819-1826 following invasion by the Burmese invaders on his 189th death anniversary.
A state level observation function was held at the Maharaja Gambhir Singh Samadhi in Imphal’s Langthabal, the day was observed at various levels as ‘Reconsolidation Day’ to mark the observance of the infamous chapter of ‘Seven Years Devastation’ in the history of Manipur.
“We are here today as a society, as a state because of our forefathers,” chief minister N Biren Singh said, in his speech at the state level observance.
He highlighted the heroic efforts of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, Meidingu Narsingh and Sana Herachandra to drive off the Burmese and end the “Seven Years Devastation”.
Stressing on the importance of history, Singh stated that one cannot dissociate from history and that historical statues, memorial parks, museums, etc., tell stories of the forefathers of the land. They remind the present generations of their forefathers and their deeds, strengthening the feeling of nationalism, he added.
The chief minister further expressed the need to have a clear concept and understanding of the land’s history, beliefs, and data to educate people from outside. He encouraged historians and researchers to publish articles on history based on the truth and facts. In his speech, the chief minister reiterated his government’s commitment towards total eradication of drug menace in the state.
He said, “It is not the time to remain silent, but to be very vigilant against illegal drug business.” He reiterated his appeal to the people to stop poppy cultivation and illegal drug business.
Earlier, the chief minister led the gathering in offering floral tributes to the portraits of Maharaj Gambhir Singh and statues of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, Meidingu Narasingh and Sana Herachandra.
A contingent of Manipur Rifles also offered guard of honour, gun salute and also sounded the Last Post followed by obeisance to Dhop Pala performance, tarpon offerings, and inauguration of a cafeteria by the chief minister.
Among others, the function was attended by Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs, DGP P Doungel, officials.
King Gambhir Singh is remembered as one of the most revered rulers of Manipur along with Maharaja Khagemba, Garibniwaj (Charairongba) and Chingthangkhomba (Bheigyachandra).
Many civil society organizations also observed the day as ‘Reconsolidation Day’.

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