Imphal: Manipur governor Anusuiya Uikey inaugurated the demonstration cum performance classes of a 15-day workshop on “Rites-de-passage” of Sanamahism at Lainingthou Sanamahi Sanglen, here on Monday.
The bovernor was accorded a ritual reception at her arrival at the temple by Amaiba, Pena and Amaibi Loisang along with a traditional Guard of Honour by Kabui Loisang.
To mark the occasion, Uikey offered prayer to Goddess Ima Leimarel Shidabi and Supreme Lord Lainingthou Sanamahi and also planted a tree sapling at the site of the sacred pond.
She also witnessed the traditional method of extraction of sacred fire (Meiba Chingba / Mairapmei) by the Kabui community.
The governor handed over appreciation certificate for Resource persons of the workshop.
She expressed essed her pride in the unique and beautiful culture, religion and tradition of Manipur and said she has not come across such cultural richness elsewhere. She urged the people to hold on to their roots and further promote to people all over the world.
Uikey said Sanamahism is a religious tradition prevalent among the Meitei people of Manipur state of India. It has a tradition of worshiping ancestors. It is very important to worship our ancestors as worshipping them is expressing gratitude for their blessings, she added.
She said the rituals of any community are a mirror of the religious beliefs of that community. She continued that rites of Sanamahi religion – Pokpa (birth), Luhongba (marriage) Korou Nongaba (death) rites reflect the religious philosophy of Meitei Sanamahi.
She lauded Lainingthou Sanamahi Temple Board and Manipur Cultural University for organizing workshops on the rites of Sanamahi religion since last year with an aim to bring awareness about the rich cultural heritage of the state among all the members of the community.
The workshop has been organised for the individuals of all age groups so that all the persons interested in knowing the Manipuri culture can participate in it.
The governor appealed to all for their cooperation in establishing the spirit of peace, harmony, brotherhood and love in the state. She urged all not to believe in any kind of rumour, instead cooperate with the administration and security forces and help in making the state as prosperous and peaceful like before.
Uikey also took part in the Meira Thougal (Evening Lighting Prayer).
Vidyapati Senjam, vice-president, Sanamahi Temple Board and Prof. P. Gunindro, vice-chancellor, Manipur University of Culture also graced the occasion as president and guest of honour respectively.