Manipur at a glance
Manipur at a glance

Places worth visiting

Traditional & Indigenous games

Mosaic of Arts & Culture

Flora & Fauna

State Map/Emblem/Flower/Animal of Manipur State profile
State Emblem : Kangla Shaa
State Bird : Nongin
State Animal : Sangai
Population (as per 1991 census) : 18,37,149
Density of Population( per Sq Km.) : 82
Literacy Rate : 59.89%
Manipur literally meaning "A jeweled land" nestle deep within a lush green corner of North East India. 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 splendour, the beauty of which once inspired Mrs. St. Clair Grimwood described it as " A Pretty Place more beautiful than many show places of the world" Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru paid a fitting tribute by describing it as "Jewel of India".

Surrounded by blue hills with an oval shape Surrounded by blue hills with an oval shaped valley at the centre, rich in art and tradition and surcharged with nature's pristine glory. Manipur lies on a melting pot of culture. It is birth place of Polo. This is the place where Rajarsee Bhagyachandra created the famous Ras Lila, the classical dance of Manipur, out of his enchanting dream by the grace of Lord Krishna. Her folk dances reveal the mythological concept of creation of Manipur.

The people of Manipur include Meitei, Naga, Meitei Pangal and other colourful communities which have lived together in complete harmony for centuries. Theses are the people whose folklore, myths & legends, dances, indigenous games and martial arts, exotic handlooms & handicrafts are infested with the mystique of nature. The wonders has no end in Manipur.

Having a varied and proud history from the earliest times, Manipur came under the British Rule as a Princely State after the defeat in the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891. 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 21th January, 1972 with a Legislative Assembly of 60 seats of which 19 are reserved for Scheduled Caste. The State is represented in the Lok Sabha and 1 for Scheduled Caste. The State is represented in the Lok Sabha by two members and by one member in the Rajya Sabha.