Visit to Vishnu Temple

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Vishnu Temple at Bishnupur is a 15th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. King Kyamba of Manipur along with Chaopha Khe Khomba, the king of Pong, conquered Kyang, a Shan kingdom in the Kabow Valley of present Myanmar. Jubilant at the victory, an idol of Lord Vishnu was given by the Pong king to King Kyamba. King Kyamba started worshipping the idol at Lumlangdong which then came to be known as Bishnupur i.e. abode of Vishnu. Subsequently, he built a Vishnu Temple of brick at Bishnupur which has now become a protected historical monument under the Ministry of H.R.D (Archeology), Government of India. It is now standing as a symbol of the remains of ancient times. And the statue got by Kyamba from the Pong king is very important since it gives us the idea of the religious beliefs of those days and the very name that it had given. During the rule of Kyamba the worship of Vishnu began in Manipur again. A little image of Lord Vishnu was presented by th King of Pong when he concluded a treaty with the king of Manipur in 1470 AD. Kyamba built a brick temple at Bishnupur and installed the image there. In this way the worship of Lord Vishnu began in Manipur again. But “in spite of regular worship of Vishnu Kyamba was not initiated to Vaishnavism by a preceptor.” The presence of Aribam Brahmins who worshipped Vishnu during Kyamba proves that ‘Varna bebhag’ or caste discrimination of the Brahmonical order of Indian caste system was there in Manipur at that time and Vaishnavism which discarded ‘Barna bebhag’ had not yet entered in the Manipur society. That was why the people of that particular area of Manipur washed the spot where Guru Nanak and Mardana sat considering them to be low caste human beings. Read More..

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