Kang festival begins in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 14 | Publish Date: 7/15/2018 12:09:57 AM IST
Rath yatra of Lord Jagannath, popularly known as Kang Chingba in Manipur, commenced with pomp and gaiety in the state on Saturday. The festival will be celebrated over the next nine days.
Pulling of chariot of Lord Jagannath, his brother, Balarama and sister Subhadra marked the commencement of the festival.
Braving the hot summer day, thousands of devotees flocked Shree Shree Govindajee temple complex in Imphal’s Palace Compound to catch a glimpse of the deities and to take part in pulling the chariot of the deities. 
The chariots were also pulled in each localities dominated by Meitei community following Hindu religions where Brahamans (Hindu priest) performed aartis. 
The main events of the festival include the pulling of Kang (chariot) Lord Jagannath, his brother, Balarama and sister Subhadra by devotees. During the procession of the chariot, people offer flowers, fruits and sweets to the deities. 
On the occasion, state chief minister greeted the people of the state, particularly Hindus while seeking the blessing of the deities for peace and prosperous Manipur, free from all sorts of crimes and violence.
“Lord Jagannath is the lord of poor and I am happy that it is being celebrated with such happiness. Today in many parts of the country the festival is being celebrated in some way or the other. I wish my greetings to the people of the state, particularly to the Hindus on the occasion,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, Manipur Governor Dr Najma Hepulla inaugurated the 11th State Level Pineapple Festival cum Sellers & Buyers Meet and Youth Festival, 2018 at Thambalnu Market Complex in Imphal East District Saturday. The festival is held every year during Kang festival.
Addressing the gathering the Governor said that pineapple was a good option for revenue generation for the state. 
She stressed for a concerted effort to increase the production as well as its market. Pineapple varieties like Queen and Kew favoured by many for its flavour and health quotient can be grown in large numbers to market it outside the state. 
The Governor also suggested that pineapple and other varieties of fruits available in the state can be dried as there is enough sunlight and there is no need for special infrastructure for the drying process. As dried fruits are costly, these local dried fruits can be sold for higher profit margin, she added.

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