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State remembers Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba (Gambhir Singh)

Last Updated on April 12, 2023 by SPN Editor

Manipur government paid rich homage to Meidingu Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba (Maharaja Gambhir Singh), the king who restored normalcy in the Manipur kingdom consequent to the seven years of devastation between 1819-1826 following the invasion by the Burmese invaders on his 189th death anniversary on Monday.

A state-level observation function was held at the tomb of Meidingu Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba in Imphal’s Langthabal, the day was observed at various levels as ‘Reconsolidation Day’ to mark the observance of the infamous chapter of ‘Seven Years Devastation’ in the history of Manipur.

“We are here today as a society, as a state because of our forefathers,” Chief Minister N Biren said, in his speech at the state-level observance.

CM Biren tweeted, “Attended the observance of the 189th Death Anniversary of Maharaj Gambhir Singh at the Samadhi of Maharaj Gambhir Singh at Langthabal (Canchipur) today. Paid fitting tributes to our Great forefather who spearheaded the war against the Burmese invaders to liberate Manipur.”

CM highlighted the heroic efforts of Meidingu Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba, Meidingu Narsingh, and Sana Herachandra to drive off the Burmese and end the “Seven Years Devastation”.

Stressing the importance of history, Biren stated that one cannot dissociate from history and that historical statues, memorial parks, museums, etc., tell stories of the forefathers of the land. They remind the present generations of their forefathers and their deeds, strengthening the feeling of nationalism, he added.

The chief minister further expressed the need to have a clear concept and understanding of the land’s history, beliefs, and data to educate people from outside. He encouraged historians and researchers to publish articles on history based on the truth and facts. In his speech, N Biren reiterated his government’s commitment to the total eradication of drug menace in the state.

He said, “It is not the time to remain silent, but to be very vigilant against illegal drug business.” He reiterated his appeal to the people to stop poppy cultivation and illegal drug business.

Earlier, the Chief Minister led the gathering in offering floral tributes to the portraits of Meidingu Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba and statues of Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba, Meidingu Narasingh, and Sana Herachandra.

A contingent of Manipur Rifles also offered a guard of honor, a gun salute, and also sounded the Last Post followed by obeisance to Dhop Pala performance, tarpon offerings, and inauguration of a cafeteria by Chief Minister N Biren.

Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba
Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba giving tributes to Meidingu Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba.

Among others, the function was attended by Rajya Sabha MP Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs, DGP P Doungel, and officials. Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba also graced the function as Chief Guest at the ” Seven Years Devastation – Chahi Taret Khuntakpa 1819 – 1826″ Ningsing Thouram, organized by Manipur Muslim Welfare Organization MMWO at Lilong Haoreibi College

Meidingu Chingeln Nongdrenkhomba is remembered as one of the most revered rulers of Manipur along with Meidingu Khagemba, Garibniwaj (Charairongba), and Chingthangkhomba (Bheigyachandra).
Many civil society organizations also observed the day as ‘Reconsolidation Day’.

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