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Religious Significance

Govindajee Temple, Imphal

The Govindajee Temple near the Kangla fort is a largest and the most important Hindu Vaishnavite temple in Imphal, Manipur. The Govindajee Temple is about more than 150-Year-old Hindu temple and commissioned in 1846 CE. It was damaged due to earthquake and rebuilt in the year of 1876. The two golden domes of the temple are beautiful. The surroundings of the temple are attractive.

Being largely visited by the people every year, Shree Govindajee Temple in Imphal is the shining golden building that attracts many tourists besides the regular devotees. Being one of the prime attractions of Manipur the temple has the deities of Hindu gods, Radha and Krishna Govinda. Visiting the temple, one could witness the appealing architecture which comprised red brick and boasts of a rectangular medieval style architecture. The place is considered to be holy and is visited by the pilgrims who are in search of sanctity.

Shri Hanuman Thakur Temple

King Garib Niwaj built the Shri Hanuman Thakur Temple in the year 1725 AD. In fact, this was the only temple built during his reign. The temple is located on the banks of the Imphal River, Manipur and popularly known as the Mahabali Temple. The temple shrine is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and Lord Hanuman is worshipped as a human here.

The Shri Hanuman Thakur Temple brings back memories of the dispersion of the Ramanandi cult of Hinduism in the state of Manipur. After the death of Garib Niwaj, the Ramanandi cult also didn’t last long in Manipur. The temple, thus acts as a monumental evidence as far as the religious history of Manipur is concerned. Hanuman Jayanti is a major festival celebrated here and attracts the large number of hanuman devotees.

Shyamrai Temple Bishnupur

A 17th-century pilgrimage site in Bishnupur, Shyamrai Temple is one of those numerous monuments and temples that was built by Raghunath Singha – Malla King. Because of the astonishing architecture, the temple has listed in the list of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Located in the Rajdarbar area of Bishnupur town, Shyamrai is a five-peaked shrine that displays the exquisite terracotta art. Moreover, since it comes under the Archaeological Survey of India, the temple is well maintained and beautifully preserved for tourism.

Siddheshwar Temple Bishnupur

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Siddheswar Temple is located in the town of Bishnupur and is one of the oldest of its kind in Manipur. Throughout the year, this beautiful Hindu temple in Bishnupur received a large number of devotees who come here to offer their homage to Lord Shiva. Traces its history from the Pala (medieval) period, the temple is reckoned amongst the highly revered religious places in Bishnupur. Being more than thousand years old, the temple, at the southern end, still houses some scattered remains of dilapidated stupas.

Radha Shyam Temple Bishnupur

Traces its history from 1758, Radha Shyam Temple in Bishnupur was constructed by the King Chaitanya Singha. Devoted to Lord Krishna, the temple is located near another historical shrine Jorbangla Temple. Radha Shyam Temple is dome-shaped and it lies within an enclosure which is surrounded by the boundary wall. Along with its high sacred significance, the temple is known for its aesthetic architecture which makes a popular tourist attraction in Bishnupur. Because of its historical significance and heritage value, the temple is well preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Enshrining the images of Lord Krishna and Radha in the sanctum, the Radha Shyam Temple is esteemed as the living shrine in the region.

Jorebangla Temple Bishnupur

Another ancient temple in Bishnupur, Manipur is Jorebangla Temple. It was Malla King, Raghunath Singha Dev who built this beautiful Hindu temple in the year 1655. The temple is also known as Yorubangala and boasts a magnificent architectural design. However, the structure of the temple is seated on a high platform using Laterite bricks. Although the temple is not much into the spotlight in the outer world, but, it is very much popular in the region. One of the highlights of this 17th-century temple is the intricate carvings that are put up on both outer and inner walls of the temple.

Sridhara Temple Bishnupur

Situated in the vicinity of the Madanmohan Temple, Sridhara Temple is another historical masterpiece in Bishnupur, Manipur. The temple is only of its kind in the region, and thus, boasts a perfect example of Nava-Ratna variety of architecture. The temple was built by the locals and has nine spires which entirely is considered as a major feature of this beautiful Hindu shrine in Bishnupur. Along with that, the gorgeous carvings on the walls of the temple is something that fetches a lot of eyes. These carving depicts the scenes from the epic Ramayana and Mahabharata. Besides, the episodes of Krishna Leela can also be seen through some of these carvings while some also show foreign soldiers holding guns.

Pancha Ratna Temple Bishnupur

The historical land of Bishnupur in Manipur is blessed with numerous heritage and religious sites. Amongst those many, one popular shrine in Manipur is Pancha Ratna Temple. Built by King Raghunath Singha, the temple boasts an ancient architecture and exhibits a cultural richness of those ancient days. At present, Pancha Ratna is technically not serving as a temple, but a preserved heritage site in Manipur. The present structure of the temple is enclosed by an exquisite garden from where one is supposed to explore the beauty of this monument as it is not allowed to enter the temple premises. The entire structure of the temple is protected by a rope fencing which helps to preserve the historical grandeur of the Pancha Ratna Temple. Besides, the interior and exterior are something which gathers the eyes of a lot of visitors. The terracotta designs that are beautifully carved on the walls of the temple fetch tourists from far and wide places.

Sri Angala Parameshwari Sri Muneeswarar temple

A devoted temple by the Tamil speaking early settlers who have been evacuated by the erstwhile Burmese government (present Myanmar). A neat and clean environment provided by the trustees. Part of the temple situated in the Burmese soil. On a festival day the doors facing the Myanmar will be opened for the Burmese devotees. A temple of Buddha and Burmese gods are built within of the temple compound. An appreciable gesture of Indo-Burmese friendship. The Uniqueness of the temple is that the temple is constructed in the border of Myanmar and India splitting the temple between the two countries.

ISKCON Imphal

Sri Sri Radha Krishnacandra Temple ISKCON Temple, Imphal

Sri Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Temple, is situated close to the banks of the Imphal River. Featuring a unique architecture, the structure of this temple is made using bricks that are coated with white cement. This gives the impression that the shrine is built of white marbles. Adding to its exclusivity is the dome-shaped roof with beautiful paintings, depicting various pastimes of Lord Krishna. Another remarkable feature of the temple is its natural lighting system that provides clear visibility of the Sankirtan area, the main place for prayers and offerings. Atop the Sankirtan is a collection of vibrant precious stones, specially imported from France.

St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Imphal

The St. Joseph’s Cathedral is a Latin Cathedral located in Imphal, Manipur, India. The church was constructed in 1999 in an Anglo Manipuri fusion Architectural design and serves Christians who constitute the second largest religious group in the state. The church is located located about 5km away from the main city at Mantripukhri, on the outskirts of Imphal. The splendid architecture of the church makes it one of the unique landmarks of Imphal. One can view the enchanting statue of Lord Jesus just on the front yard of the church, just before the enterance of the main church building. The beautiful scenery decorated with the stone carvings makes the little garden in the yard more fascinating.