Tarpan at Khongjom

Pothashang News Service: Imphal 26, 2018: The 25th anniversary of Khongjom Tarpan was today observed at Khongjom river in Khongjom War Memorial Complex in Thoubal district. The ritual marked the significance of pleading blessings for a peaceful and prosperous Manipur to the departed freedom fighters who fought for freedom in 1891-Khongjom War, in the history of Manipur. Deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh led the people to offer Tarpan to the departed freedom fighters at Khongjom Turel.

He also led the people to pay floral tribute to the Statue of Paona Brajabashi at Kheba Hill in the complex.

Joykumar said, Langban Tarpan is an important ritual through which blessings for well-being, peaceful and prosperity can be pleaded to the departed forefathers. He said, Khongjom Tarpan signifies the remembrance of our departed freedom fighters who fought for freedom from colonial British regime in those days. On this day, all have to be united and offer Tarpan to the freedom fighters and leaders so that the blessings will lead us a peaceful, dignified and prosperous livelihood. The day also remembers the dignity, sanctity and sacrifice made by the leaders for freedom facing the mighty British only with sword. Let us all remind those sacrifices for a peaceful and prosperous state of Manipur, he added.

Former minister and president of Khongjom War Memorial Trust, M. Hemanta Singh while speaking on the occasion said, the Trust which was founded in 1993 began offering Khongjom Tarpan in remembrance of departed freedom fighters from the next year. He said, although the freedom fighters knew that they wouldn’t be able to face the mighty British only with sword, the quest for freedom inspired and led them fought the British and made the supreme sacrifices in those days. Therefore, to remember and pay tribute to the departed souls, people in the state should come forward and offer Tarpan to the souls. It will be the true tribute to the departed leaders, he added. He also urged to installed world highest statue of sword in the memorial complex.

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