Imphal: Manipur on Saturday observed Khongjom Day with the main event held at Kheba Ching (a hill) at Khongjom in Thoubal district.
The observation started with guard of honour with gun salute at the Samadhi of Paona Brajabasi, who sacrificed his life during the final battle of Anglo-Manipuri War fought in the year 1891. The state has been observing this day of April 22 every year as a mark to commemorate the sacrifices of our brave heroes.
Floral tribute was also held with traditional rituals and tarpan at Khongjom River as a part of the observation. Governor of Manipur La. Ganesan, chief minister N. Biren Singh, ministers, MLAs and other top officials of the government attended the floral tribute.
“Life is sacrifice, sacrifice is life. The sacrifices made by our forefathers should always be remembered and honoured. We should follow their footsteps and their dignity should remain protected. Conquering the heart of the people is also a unique character of our leaders which we should learn from them,” Ganesan said.
India is a land of difference which makes the country unique from other countries. Likewise, Manipur also has a different character of history amongst the Indian states. People should understand the reason why Khongjom Day is being celebrated, he added.
Biren said, “The age- old history of Manipur and sacrifices made by our forefathers will always remain in our hearts.”
The present historical site of Khongjom particularly Tengol Lampak will be beautified and upgraded soon after a cabinet decision. The call of Nation First and United India which was advocated by leaders should be respected. Being a federal country the respect to states by the centre is worth appreciation. The renaming of Mount Harriet in Andaman and Nicober island as Mount Manipur by union home minister Amit Shah is a living example of respect to Manipur by the union government, he added.
Khongjom Lal, a play based on the battle of Khongjom, 1891 was showcased by the artists of art and culture department as a part of the observation. Khongjom Parba, a traditional folk song depicting the Khongjom battle, was also presented to the gathering by renowned folk singer Sundari Devi and her team.