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ⓘ Mongba Hanba




                                     

ⓘ Mongba Hanba

"Mongba Hanba", also spelt as "Mongpa Hanpa", is a primordial sylvan deity in Meitei religion. He is mainly worshipped in the sacred forest named "Mongba Hanba Umang", in the bank of the Imphal river in Manipur. According to religious custom, Tampak Maiba was to worship the deity. The atmosphere of blood sacrifice is said to be associated with the shrine of the deity. Historically, the identity of the deity was fused into that of Hindu god Hanuman during the reign of Meitei king Garib Niwaj. Presently, despite having repeated attempts to revive the pantheon of the deity, there is still opposition from the Hindu religious body of the temple dedicated to Hanuman.