Moirang, Imphal is an interesting tourist site of Imphal. It is one of the oldest cultural villages located to the south of Imphal about 45 km away in Manipur. The main attraction of the village is Moirang Lai Haraoba festival.
Moirang Haraoba festival is celebrated in this village in the month of May each year. During this time many travelers from other parts of Imphal come here to become a part of this traditional festival. This festival depicts the ancient Manipuri folk culture. The elegant Khamba -Thoibi dance is supposed to have originated from here.
Hundreds of Manipuri male and female dancers and singers, wearing colorful traditional costumes, participate in this festival to pay their tribute to Lord Thangjing, a Pre-Hindu deity.
Moirang has great historical importance. At the time of Second World War, this ancient village became the head quarters of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's Azad Hind Fouz. Here Subhash Chandra Bose hoisted Indian National Army's flag for the very first time in India on 14th April, 1944.
The village houses a museum of the Indian National Army which includes the bronze statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, badges, articles and letters.
Being a cultural and historical center of Imphal, Moirang tour offers a glimpse of the rich culture and heritage of the place.
Travelers can commute to Moirang through buses that operate from Waheng Leikai bus junction between 8 am to 6 pm.
Last Updated on 19th Oct 2012