Can we take a moment to admire this shining white temple...Yes its a temple!
It is situated inside the sprawling grounds of Kangla fort, which since time immemorial has been considered as the seat of power of the Meitei Kings. The Meitei are the major ethic group of Manipur and are now predominantly Hindu. The other two groups are Naga and Kuki.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Pakhangba, who is considered the ruling deity of Manipur in Sanamahism, an animistic and ancestor worshiping tradition which predated Hinduism in the region.
The temple is built in a unique style to represent the folklore and legend surrounding Pakhangba.
According to one story, Tengbanba-Mapu (Who got renamed to Guru Sidaba in the Hinduism canon), the creator of the Universe, desired to hand over the administration to one of his three sons, the one who was intelligent and talented amongst the three. His sons were called Atiya Sidaba, Sanamahi and Pakhangba. Guru Sidaba commanded that the one who arrived first at the throne after traversing the 4 ends of earth would succeed him.
Accordingly, the first two sons mounted their horses and took off. But Pakhangba, did not do so. Instead he just moved around the throne of his father which as per him was as good as circumambulating the earth itself. On return, both Atiya Sidaba and Sanamahi got angry They were pacified by Guru Sidaba by declaring that Sanamahi would become the Lord of every household in this Universe, i.e ruler of all household deities, and that Atiya Sidaba would be united with Guru Sidaba himself. Thus, Pakhangba became Ibudhou (Lord) Pakhangba and the ruling deity of Manipur(the then only known part of the earth), and was supposedly annointed as King at Kangla itself.
Does the story sound familiar? Well it would. Its quite same as the one involving Shiva and his two sons - Ganesha and Subramanya(Karthikeya/Murugan) and the fight for the fruit of Knowledge and immortality! .
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