Imphal: Manipur governor La. Ganesan and chief minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday extended greetings to the people of Manipur specially the Hindus on the occasion of Ratha Yatra, which Manipur people call as Kang Chingba.
“I offer my heartiest greetings to the people of Manipur on the happy and auspicious occasion of ” Rath Yatra”, 2022. For the Hindu Meitei’s, the festival of Rath-Yatra also known locally as Kang is celebrated with gaiety on the second day of the fourth lunar month of the Manipuri calendar Engen which falls in late June or early July and lasts for 10 days till Kanglen celebrating Lord Jagannath’s journey,” Ganesan said.
For many Kang is a symbol of unity. brotherhood, and peace. Thousands of devotees participate in this yatra and get good fortune by pulling the Lord Jagannath’s chariot and be blessed with pleasure and riches. Let this year’s Roth Yatra bring everlasting unity, peace and progress for every household in the state, he added.
Celebration of Kang festival in Manipur begins on the second day of Engen month of Manipuri lunar calendar and ends on the tenth day. On this day, the idols of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra are taken out from the temple through Rath with rituals for the ceremonial procession called Kang Chingba.
People from all walks of life, irrespective of caste, colour and gender turn up to participate in the procession of Kang Chingba with the belief that holding the ropes and pulling the chariot carrying the deities will wash away all sorrows of life. Flowers, fruits and sweets are offered by devotees to the lords during procession to different localities. “I join the people of Manipur in the celebration of Kang and pray to Lord Jagannath to shower the state with joy, prosperity and peaceful co-existence among all communities,” Biren said.