Imphal – the capital city of the Indian state of Manipur. Ruins of the Palace of Kangla, the royal seat of the erstwhile Kingdom of Manipur, are in the city centre, surrounded by a moat.
On the Imphal River, Kangla Fort was once the seat of local rulers, and now houses relics. The Palace of Kangla is an old palace at Imphal in Manipur (Kangleipak). It was situated on both sides (western and eastern) of the bank of the Imphal River. But now it remains only on the western side of the bank. Only the ruins remain now. Kangla means “dry land” in old Meitei. It was the traditional seat of the past Meitei rulers of Manipur.
In ancient times, ‘Kangla’ was the royal palace since the reign of Pakhangba who ascended the throne in 33 AD, according to “Cheitharol Kummaba”, the royal Chronicle of Manipur.
The Imphal War Cemetery located in Imphal, the capital of the Indian state of Manipur, in Northeast India, which has an international border with upper Burma (now Myanmar). The cemetery has 1,600 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Khwairamband Bazaar, also known as the Ema Bazaar, or Nupi Keithel, literally means Mother’s Market or Women’s Market. The Ema Bazaar is one of the largest markets run by women in the country. Main items found here include handloom and handicraft products, like earthen pots, knives, shawls, puppets and all kinds of dried fish and vegetables. This is also one of the oldest markets with its rich tradition intact. Built in around 1533 AD, the amazing Ema Keithel was borne out of a desperate will to survive more than a well planned economical set up. The Manipur kingdom was once doomed by the Lallup-Kapa, which was an old form of human exploitation where men folks were deployed to work in far away paddy fields, which left the women to look after the children. The role of women hence emerged as central and plays a bigger role in the family. The trend of a bazaar run by women had continued even to this day.
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