Many Indians may not know that Manipur is the birthplace of polo, but the modern sport of polo has its origins in the northeastern state. Polo, also known as Sagol Kangjei in Manipur, has great religious and mythological significance and to hold this heritage and sport together, Chief Minister N Biren Singh is building a 120ft statue in his constituency – the place of origin of Polo.
“Given the historical significance of the place where the Lord, Ibudhou Marjing is said to have tamed the mythical horse Samudon Ayangba and introduced the modern Sagol Kangjei or Polo. To commemorate the game of polo (Manipur being the birthplace of the game of polo), a gigantic polo statue 120 feet tall on top of a pedestal of a three-storey building, with recreational facilities, takes place in Ibudhou Marjing Khubam,” sources inside the government said. said News18.com.
Speaking to News18 Manipur, CM Biren Singh said: “The statue will be 120 feet high above the top of the hills of ebudhou Marjing (semi-god who started sagol kangjei (British name polo). This statue will be completed by Jy then it will be inaugurated. It is also our identity.
The Ministry of Tourism organizes international polo tournaments for men and women every year, which are played polo in Mapal Kangjeibung. However, the size of the Mapal Kangjeibung polo field does not meet international standards. The department will develop the Ibudhou Marjing Khubam site in Heingang, with world-class polo infrastructure to attract foreign and domestic tourists. In fact, Manipur is the only state where a women’s polo tournament is held every year in India.
The project aims to promote polo tourism by providing infrastructure related to polo tourism and attracting more tourists.
Manipur has been recognized as the birthplace of polo. However, adequate infrastructure for organizing polo tournaments and training polo players is not available at the desirable level, hence the project is submitted to bridge the gap and for the promotion of polo tourism.
The implementation of the project aims to increase tourist attendance and provide jobs for locals.
In the 1850s, the British observed Manipuris playing a game on a pony and a hockey stick and were greatly influenced by this game and later formed a polo club in Silchar.
The deity of Manipur, King Kanba, is believed to have invented the game in the 14th century BC and in 33 AD, the deity King Nongda organized the first polo match.
Manipur wants to build the statue to tell the story of polo and the identity of Manipur.
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