IMPHAL, July 18 - The nine day-long celebration of Kang Chingba began with pomp and gaiety in Manipur on Saturday. The main events of the festival include the pulling of Kang, the traditional chariot and offering of flowers and fruits to Shree Shree Jagannath.
The pulling of Kang accompanied by a band party was held at Shree Shree Govindajee temple complex here. A large number of devotees turned up in their traditional festival attires at the Palace Gate and temple to take part in the festival despite a downpour.
The ISKCON temple authority here also celebrated the festival by pulling a mini Kang along the Airport Road.
Besides, the Hindu-inhabited localities of the State also celebrated Kang Chingba festival, besides holding religious rituals in the evenings at mandaps and community halls. The festival, which will conclude on July 26, will also witness daily community feasts.
Coinciding with the Kang Chingba festival, the Muslim community in the State also celebrated the Id-Ul-Fitre festival on Saturday.
Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and DGP Shaheed Ahamed accompanied by community leaders, attended the Maulana Syed Ahmed-led Id-Ul-Fitre prayer at Babupara Masjid in the morning.
Speaking to the media later, Ibobi hoped that the prayer will bring peace and love among the different communities in the State.
Id-Ul-Fitre is celebrated in a spirit of peace, love and universal brotherhood, said Governor Dr Syed Ahmed in a message.
Arms,drugs recovered: Assam Rifles troops apprehended an individual along with illegal arms and drugs at Khudengthabi check post on July 16, according to a press release. A scooty rider travelling from Moreh to Churachandpur was stopped and a thorough check led to recovery of two Beretta Pistols, two empty magazines, Rs 9.75 lakh worth WY (R-20) tablets, one mobile, etc.