IMPHAL, Sept 26 - The 25th anniversary of Khongjom Tarpan was observed at the historic Khongjom War Memorial Complex along the Khongjom river in Thoubal district today.
Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh led the people in offering tarpan to late freedom fighters at the war memorial. Former minister and president of the Khongjom War Memorial Trust Moirangthem Hemanta Singh, president of Shiv Sena, Manipur, M Tombi, vice president Lian Gangte, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Thoubal, L Radhakanta Singh, representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions and people from different parts of the State participated in the tarpan programme.
The Deputy Chief Minister also led the people in paying floral tribute on the statue of Paona Brajabashi, noted freedom fighter of the Anglo-Manipur war, at the Kheba Hill.
Speaking on the occasion, Joykumar said that Langban Tarpan is an important ritual through which blessings are sought from departed forefathers for well-being, peace and prosperity.
He said that Khongjom Tarpan is held to remember departed freedom fighters and the sacrifices they made during the struggle against the colonial British regime.
Former minister M Hemanta Singh said the Khongjom War Memorial Trust, which was founded in 1993, initiated the offering of Khongjom Tarpan to the departed freedom fighters. He also called for installation of a tall statue of a sword in the memorial complex, as a mark of homage to the departed souls, so that people in the State can offer tarpan.