Imphal: Akhil Bharatiya Sah Sampark Pramukh of RSS, Sunil Deshpande and Pracharak Pramukh, Assam Kshetra of RSS, MM Ashokan have graced the state-level Mera Hou Chongba festival organised by the Lainingthou Sanamahi Temple Board in Imphal.
Mera Hou Chongba is a cultural festival for the solidarity of Manipur. It is celebrated by every indigenous ethnic group of the state on the day falls on the 15th lunar day of Mera month of the Meitei calendar.
This year the state level festival was celebrated at Hayingkhobgbal with the Maharaja of Manipur, who is also the MP (Rajya Sabha); Chief Minister, N Biren Singh; legislatures and leaders of various communities.
While addressing the gathering, Sunil Deshpande hailed the beautiful rituals and rich cultural heritage of the people of Manipur.
He also added that Manipuri culture represents the same Indian ethos, and we need to understand them.
Maharaja of Manipur, Leishemba Sanajajba, said that Mera Houchongba is the only common customary festival of all the state communities.
"I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all the people of Manipur on the joyous occasion of Mera houchongba – 2021. May this festival restrengthen the aged old bond of love and unity amongst the communities and thereby bringing peace, prosperity and coexistence in the state," Maharaja greeted the people of Manipur on occasion.