Ibudhou Chairellakpa and Ibudhou Chingningthou at Thanga (in English)

Ibudhou Chairellakpa Seva Committee, Thanga *

Heeyang Tanaba as a part of Lai Haraoba of Ibudhou Chairellakpa at Thanga on 17th May 2014
Heeyang Tanaba as a part of Lai Haraoba of Ibudhou Chairellakpa at Thanga on 17th May 2014 :: Pix - Deepak Oinam / Shanker Khangembam

From the knowledge of our scholars and mythologists, Lord Ibudhou Chairellakpa had arrived at Thanga since the year 1324. A Pandit from Chairel, Laishram Khumanjao enlightened us with the information that Lord Ibudhou Chairellakpa was called Khori Lok Lok Lainingthou Chingu and the Goddess Ibendhou was known as Prati Chanu Leiri Leishangkhombi.

We also learnt from Tongbram Chaoba Singh of Thanga Pandit Loishang that Lord Ibudhou Chairellakpa was known as Ibudhou Kha Khende. The Lord is still worshipped and known to us as Ibudhou Chairellakpa.

Once, Ibudhou Kha Khende and Chingu Achouba set out for sightseeing riding on their horses at a place where the name itself is beautiful, where the melody tune of Tamna(a bird) could be heard and where the gentle wind blows, called Houbi hill.

Looking towards north Lord Ibudhou Chingu exclaimed the magnificently beautiful nature of the Loktak Lake which reflects like a golden mirror beautifying the hill which is all surrounded by the lake. Lord Ibudhou Kha Khende replied to the above remark, 'Let's set out to that hill and settle there. Let's cut down two huge trees and build our own boats and perform a boat race.

Also the one who sets his foot first on the glorious hill will bear the crown.' The Lords happily agreed to the above laid condition and made a promising remark on a stone that lies at the Houbi hill. Lord Chingu Achouba and Lord Kha Khende decided that Lord Pakhangba, Lord Wangbren and Lord Sanamahi will flag off the boat race. The three Lords agreed to the proposal and commenced the boat race. Lord Chingu Achouba and Lord Kha Khende started the boat race from Houbi hill.

Rowing their boats along the wave of the river water, Lord Ibudhou Kha Khende is winning the race by three turns of the river as he is stronger. As the race continued, Lord Kha Khende came upon the province of the Goddess Wangu Tampha Lairembi and when the Goddess heard the forceful sound created by the wave of the river became curious to know who it was and stood up on her toes with her palm on her head started glancing and saw Lord Kha Khende rowing his boat.

The Goddess called out to Lord Kha Khende and asked the Lord where he was heading. She also asked the Lord to have fruits with her and wear flowers on her ears. The Lord Kha Khende replied to her that they shall have fruits together at some other day, he has been rowing his boat from the Houbi hill contesting against his fellow companion Lord Chingu Achouba and if he spent time with the Goddess delaying the race he might lose the race and also said not to feel bad and he continued rowing his boat.

As Lord Kha Khende continued rowing he reached Ithai, the place where all the birds enjoy joyously, where no viewers can stop glancing at its beautiful sight, the place especially made by the creator of all. The Goddess of Ithai Lairembi asked where the Lord was heading, if he could spare some moments with her she could guide him with a shorter path to win the boat race.

The Lord showed no interest to the proposal as he could think of just winning the race from his companion and could not spare time other than rowing his boat and the Lord replied to the Goddess Ithai Lairembi stating that he would find a day to be together with her to have fruits and wear her flowers, he was competing his companion Lord Chingu Achouba on a boat race from Houbi Hill and the Lord Chingu Achuoba was little behind him and he further said he has to reach the destination and replying thus continued to row his boat trailing the wave of the water round the outlet of the Khodrak river.

At the other side, Lord Chingu Achouba reached the place of the Goddess Tampha Lairembi and she asked the Lord to rest for a while and have fruits with her, wear her flowers as his companion Lord Kha Khende had already gone three turns of the river ahead of him. Lord Chingu Achouba replied that he would like to continue racing to reach before Lord Kha Khende and said to her that they will have fruits together some other day and not to feel upset.

Lord Chingu Achouba continued to row on and reached the place of Goddess Ithai Lairembi. The Goddess of beauty pondered a thought that earlier she could not stop Lord Kha Khende and what if Lord Chingu Achouba rejects to her proposal. With her sweet voice the Goddess spoke to Lord Chingu Achouba addressing him as Itei(brother in law) asking him to rest for a while and have some fruits with her.

She further said that his companion Lord Kha Khende had gone to a long route but for the Lord she could guide him to the shorter route to win the race. Giving a thought to what the Goddess had said Lord Chingu Achouba agreed to the proposal, he pulled up his boat, had fruits together and wore her flowers. Later, the Lord asked the Goddess to guide him to the shorter path.

The Goddess replied that the shorter route was an outlet of the river which was especially created by her for the boat race and the name of the outlet was Ungamen. She further said the Lord must take the boat towards north Koubru and will come across a hill which was ruled by a person with the name of Nongpok Shelloi Apamba Chingmeirakpa and the destination of the Lord would be towards the north of the hill. The Lord bid goodbye to the Goddess of Ithai Lairembi.

As Lord Chingu Achouba rowed on his boat he reached Chingmeirakpa and met Langon Chaoba Hao who asked the Lord for a lift in his boat. The place was called Haogram Hiran for giving a lift to the Hao (tribe). The Lord came across a mother who was fishing with a net (known as Een) at Shagram. The Lord asked the mother to lift up her fishing net for the Lord to pass his boat and the mother lifted up her fishing net so that the Lord could row his boat. The place was named as Eenjingkhongnung. As the Lord continued rowing his boat he came through Laikotlen outlet and reached Thanga Salam where he landed his boat under the Kekru tree and errected a pillar for success.

Lord Kha Khende continued rowing his boat and came across Thanga River which was ahead of Hiyangtek, Arong Lairembi and Pakhang Kolu. The Lord became thirsty and hungry as he had been rowing the boat continuously. Thinking that Lord Chingu Achouba was behind him, the Lord had his food. While having lunch the Lord left out his water drinking vessel and the place was known as Khujairel.

The Lord came ahead of Khangadong Khuningtek and when he reached Fakchao Shanlan the Lord saw a pillar at Loibi Hill where the two Lords had promised to reach. The Lord became curious to know if the Lord Chingu Achouba has already reached before him and if that was the case he decided to go back to Chairel and the Lord took a u turn.

The place where the Lord took a u turn was called Leingang. But after giving a second thought the Lord wanted to know if the pillar was erected by Lord Chingu Achouba and took a u turn again and came through Mukap Khongnung and landed his boat at Lairok, which was located at Thanga Heisnam. Till now the place where Lord landed his boat is preserved as Lord Kha Khende's fortress also known as Chairellakpagi Khubham.

The two Lords met at the hill. The Lord Kha Khende said to Lord Chingu Achouba that he would return to Chairel and Lord Chingu Achouba should rule the place as Lord Chingu reached before him. On this statement Lord Chingu Achouba asked if Lord Kha Khende had forgotten what they had promised at Houbi hill.

Lord Chingu Achouba reminded the Lord that they had promised to settle together and whoever came first would wear the crown of kingship but Lord Kha Khende must not get worried that he would like to conquer the southern part of the hill and the remaining northern phase of the hill should be ruled by Lord Kha Khende.

The place of the hill where Lord Kha Khende ruled his kingship was known as Chingkhai which is now known as Chingkha. At present, the place of Thanga Chingkha is still ruled under Lord Kha Khende.

** Special thanks from Team e-pao to Nganthoi Lourembam of 'Imphal Times' who did this Translation in English
The Original piece in Manipuri can be read here

* A Translation from an article from 'Ibudhou Chairellakpa Seva Committee, Thanga'
This article was posted on July 08, 2014.

* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.

  • Gaan-Ngai @Iboyaima Shanglen #3:: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 27 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • COVID-19 Status 26 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • COVID-19 : Impact in Manipur :: News Timeline
  • Manipur Assembly Election (2007-2022) #1
  • World Meetei Council website launched
  • Homecoming of missing Arunachal youth
  • Winter vegetable that will give you glow
  • State hapless in preventing Omicron
  • The wait for the list continues
  • Republic Day @Kangla #1 :: Gallery
  • No matter what :: Poem
  • Fear of the virus
  • The Peace Forest Initiative
  • The vehicle for NEP 2020
  • Contribution of Leimayol Arts Centre
  • COVID-19 Status 25 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Lotus plant: A multipurpose plant species
  • Primary School renovated at Joupi
  • Republic Day recollections
  • Huge skills gap making new jobs go abegging
  • National Voters' Day
  • Lining up for BJP ahead of polls
  • Lainingthou Sanamahi Complex #2:: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 24 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • BAMCHAS biennial conference 2022
  • COVID Vaccine Booster: To give or not
  • Before I sleep... III
  • Indian Army as a career option
  • 20-yr MoU to set up Mini-Grid in Nagaland
  • Season of promises!
  • Election curbs; relief for commoners
  • First manifesto, then candidates list
  • Imoinu @Yumnam Leikai :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 23 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Our Ailing Planet: My locality as a facet
  • Stop Oil Palm Plantation in Manipur
  • General election in hard times :: Poem
  • Being free from freedom
  • Roaring 40 in first list of Cong
  • Significance of Gaan-Ngai festival #2
  • COVID-19 Status 22 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Wake Up My People Wake up :: Poem
  • A tribute to Athokpam Indrakumar Singh
  • Stunted fingerling- Replacement of fish seed
  • Training Program at Dimapur
  • Gaan-Ngai @Kakhulong :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 21 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Classical Language Vs ST for Meetei
  • The Great Green Walls, conserving nature
  • Webinar: The Birds and Bees Talk
  • Covid Booster Campaign at Tamenglong
  • IVF Centre in Guwahati
  • Easing curbs as cases spiral
  • Third wave is on!
  • Ecotourism Complexes @ Ramrei :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 20 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • No excuse not to end acute pandemic stage
  • Palm-oil in Manipur: Bad to worse
  • For sons and daughters :: Poem
  • Effective methods for facial hair removal
  • Subdued dissent over Sunday as poll day
  • Embracing the party hoppers
  • Gaan-Ngai @Iboyaima Shanglen #2:: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 19 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Cultural Activists of Manipur honoured
  • Male infertility: What are the options ?
  • Is celebrating New Year Day really worth it
  • Third wave: State on record breaking spree
  • Compulsion of power politics
  • Imoinu Thouniba @Singjamei :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 18 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • O Jonga! O Jonga :: Poem
  • Grey market for election tickets
  • Some common weeds of Manipur #2
  • Lilong Haoreibi College awarded 'B' grade
  • State used as transport route of drugs
  • Possible post poll scenario
  • Significance of Gaan-Ngai festival #1
  • COVID-19 Status 17 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Lunghar path in springshed conservation
  • Lament of love :: Poem
  • Career options in Lift Technology
  • Brief tale of one year COVID vaccination
  • Bickering among allies in coalition politics
  • Low vaccination coverage
  • NH-2 : Remember Khongnem Thana
  • COVID-19 Status 16 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • O Kolhen! O Kolhen :: Poem
  • Program on POCSO Act at Thoubal
  • The Killing Fields (2013-22) :: News Timeline
  • A spate of 'defections' in UP elections...
  • High performing individuals work alone
  • Onus on ECI to avert crisis situation
  • Keeping people informed is key
  • Gaan-Ngai @Iboyaima Shanglen #1:: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 15 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • The church is & must remain apolitical
  • Tamenglong Battalion celebrated Army Day
  • How prosperous NE India became backward
  • Imoinu Erat Thouni @ Koubru #1:: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 14 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Read all about Gaan Ngai
  • Justice, Peace and Change :: Poem
  • Mass Surya Namaskar at Tamenglong
  • Padmanabha Swamy Temple
  • Overcoming vaccine hesitancy
  • Nothing grand about 'Grand Old Party'
  • Lainingthou Sanamahi Complex #1:: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 13 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • A Hymn for Goddess Emoinu
  • Some common weeds of Manipur #1
  • How to keep your hair healthy this winter
  • Third wave: Litmus test for NE states
  • High TPR, low vaccination
  • Maharaja Gambhir Singh
  • COVID-19 Status 12 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Rani Gaidinliu Open Air Lounge inaugurated
  • NAAC peer team visit for assessment
  • National Youth Day
  • Conservation Agriculture: intensified farming
  • Negligence galore as Covid cases rise
  • Back to the spike in three figures
  • How AFSPA undermines 'Act East' Policy
  • COVID-19 Status 11 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • P Achevei : Mega Mister North East 2021
  • Stop Violence related to Election
  • Civil / Project Engineer @ R-Square
  • Business Development @ R-Square
  • Customer Representative @ Property Geo
  • No matter what :: Poem
  • Stealthy extension of AFSPA
  • Confiscating 'suspected heroin'
  • 188 Death Anniv: Maharaj Gambhir:: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 10 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) 20th Call
  • Kalum Kai (House of worship) #2
  • Account Assistant @ Amber & Arthur, Imphal
  • Business Dev @ Amber & Arthur, Imphal
  • The 5G Race :: Samarjit Kambam
  • Manipur elections not for the faint-hearted
  • Guns & violence in run up to polls
  • Climate Change in Ukhrul in last 50 years
  • COVID-19 Status 09 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Are we able to break chain of transmission
  • 100 new Sainik School- opportunities for girl
  • Joyjeet Waikhom / Ksh Maradona: Mr India
  • Money flying in or out ?
  • Will partial lockdown help curb transmission
  • Voting during Covid pandemic
  • Food items @ Singjamei, Pishum :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 08 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Curfew : Measures to combat COVID
  • IMFP - Indian Made Foreign People
  • Happy 2022 to you !
  • Manipur Press Foundation Day :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 07 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Politician must practice, preach on COVID
  • Makeup routine during pandemic
  • Third wave threat no more a mirage
  • Queuing up for BJP
  • Thangal Lambi & Ima Keithel :: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 06 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Before I sleep... II
  • Election Brawl :: Poem
  • Impact of Covid on Employer Branding
  • Chasing peace in Manipur
  • COVID-19 Status 05 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Kalum Kai (House of worship) #1
  • The art of New Year's resolution
  • Cong struggling to keep its house in order
  • Manipur's place in the eyes of Delhi
  • Makru bridge, Oinamlong Waterfall : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 04 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • Depression : A New Time Bomb
  • School & Student Championship Quiz
  • Concern over child labour
  • ECI on sluggish vaccination rate in state
  • Vaccination rate in hill districts
  • Fusion of contemporary dance & theatre
  • COVID-19 Status 03 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • COVID-19 Crackdown on violators
  • AMAND, Pune released 2022 calendar
  • Rising poverty in Manipur
  • Sunset, the most memorable!
  • Election time season of plentiful promises
  • Interesting role of NPP, NPF
  • Pineapple @ Ngariyan Hills #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 02 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • kLlQtre :: Seireng
  • National Day for our feathered friend
  • Value of purposeful life
  • Homemade face packs for winter beauty
  • Dreadful start to New Year as cases spike
  • Manipur steps into Year 2022
  • Tarpon Katpa @ Loktak #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 01 Jan : Govt of Manipur
  • OneHealth: towards pandemic preparedness?
  • Before I sleep...
  • Meitei ST demand & the opposition
  • Bye Bye 2021 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 31 Dec : Govt of Manipur
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2021 #6: Gallery
  • Manipur : National Futsal C'ship 2021
  • 'Unlocking Locks Under Lockdowns' released
  • Baby corn cultivation for livelihood
  • Extension of AFSPA to Nagaland
  • Hoping for a better New Year 2022
  • Appeal of AMCO to Chief Minister
  • NK Sanajaoba- Star in Dark Sky of Manipur
  • Danube Kangjam : Miss North East 2021
  • Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958
  • January Calendar for Year 2022 : Tools
  • Carol on Christmas :: Poem
  • Formation of 13 Farmer Producer Orgns
  • Indian Army Inquiry Team visits site in Oting
  • Review home isolation rule or punish violator
  • Lining up for saffron party
  • Red Ribbon Manipur Idol, 2021 #2: Gallery
  • Job-Fair 2021 @ Imphal : Gallery
  • Christmas Eve @ Imphal : Gallery
  • Christmas Eve @ Churachandpur : Gallery
  • Red Ribbon Manipur Idol, 2021 #1: Gallery
  • Heisnam Savitri (Legendary actress) #2
  • Painting: Tribal Freedom Fighter #1: Gallery
  • New Barak Bridge @Jiri highway : Gallery
  • Heisnam Savitri (Legendary actress) #1
  • RK Meghen tribute @ Nupi Lal : Gallery
  • Protest: massacre of Naga Brethen: Gallery