Wangkhei and Shree Govindajee Temple, Imphal

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Shree Govindajee Temple is one of those auspicious yet unassuming temple one finds where sanctity and piety come without any guidance. It is a Vaishnavite centre and is one of the main temples of Manipur. Located near the Maharaja’s Royal Palace, the temple is divided into two parts, the internal sanctum and the outer jacket.

Lord Govindajee is placed in the inner sanctum while idols of Jagannath, Subhadra, Balaram and Krishna are placed on the chambers or shrines known as Salas around the temple. Plaster and wood have been used to make all the idols. The temple was built around 1846 by the king ruling Manipur. It is located just one kilometre from the town centre.

Wangkhei is the handloom and handicrafts locality of Imphal. The entire state handloom is primarily made here and sent to the other parts of the city and state. Here, the women are the primary weavers.


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