Imphal, 29 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : Sanamahi Cheng Hongba ritual was performed at Haying Khongbal Uphong Yumpham, Sanamahi Temple Complex in the 1st Manipur Rifles today. Since early this morning many Sana-Mahi devotees including children and elderly persons offered fruits, flowers and rice grainsat the shrine of Lainingthou Sanamahi and prayed for peace, prosperity and fertility. Sanamahi Laining Puya, a religious manuscript by Sanamahi Temple Board was also released on the occasion.Taking part in the religious event, Art and culture minister, L. Jayantakumar who is also the president of Lainingthiou Sanamahi Temple Board stated that efforts are on to enlist “Lai Haraoba festival in the Intangible Heritage list of UNESCO. He also said, a committee was established to discuss on the promotion of the festival. Jayantakumar also stated that with the release of the Puya, the meitei community now has a religious book and people can delve deeper into the origin of the religion. Members of the temple board, mai-ba, mai-bi and many people of the state took part in the ceremony.
Kangla Religious Committee Kangla Fort Board also performed the religious ritual ceremony, Sanamahi Cheng Hongba at Kangla today. Followers of Sana-Mahi offered rice-grains, fruits, vegetables and flowers at the shrine of Lainingthou Sanamahi and prayed for peace and prosperity. The ceremony was commenced with Pena Yeikarol, and Wari-Liba or narration of the story of Lainingthou Sanamahi and songs praising the Ibudhou etc. were the highlights of the occasion. Speaking to media persons, member of Kangla Religious Committee Kangla Fort Board, Professor Sairen Nilbir said the ritual has been performed for years since time immemorial. He appealed to all to keep their differences aside and pray to Ibudhou Sanamahi for the well being of the Society.