Keeping in line with the customary practices, the ‘Sana Konung’ (Royal Palace) of Manipur on Tuesday observed the aged-old traditional ritual of ‘Mera gi Tarani Panba Kwak Tanba’ in presence of Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba.
This year, the ritual began at Sana Konung and continued at Wangkhei Thangapat where majority of the ancient rituals are performed.
According to traditional belief, the ritual has been practiced since time immemorial in which officials of the Sana Konung foretell the coming bad fortunes which may obstruct the development of the Manipuri kingdom by observing the flight of the crow.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the ritual, Sanajaoba Leishemba exuded confidence that the ritual would benefit in removing all negativity and ward off destructive forces which had encroached upon Manipur.
“May the ritual root out and discard all the evils which are looming over the state,” he said.
He pointed out that this year’s Kwak Tanba foretold an uncertain omen which may have negative implications for the land and the people.
“The ritual has been performed since time immemorial for peace and prosperity in the Manipuri kingdom. The people need not worry about this year’s omen as the Maichou Purel will perform the requisite rituals to rectify the negativity,” he said.
This year only the necessary ritualistic practices were performed due to the ongoing crisis. The initial religious prayers were offered at Sana Konung after which a procession was taken out till Thangapat.
At Thangapat the Kwak Tanba began with the permission of the King and his royal court members.
Thougal Jagoi, ‘Ta Khousaba’ of the four Pana (Laipham, Khabam, Ahal Lup, Naha Lup) along with other religious songs and dances were also performed.
The King also rewarded ‘Mana Phee’ to six people of the royal court during the ritual.