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From ancient times Manipur and Tripura were two independent princely kingdoms. Like Manipur, Tripura also merged with the Indian Republic after 1947. Geographically, it is only a portion of Assam that stands between Manipur and Tripura . In the early period, Manipur was called Mekhali by the Tripuris and to the Manipuris the kingdom of Tripura was known as Takhen/Takhel( Dakshin).
Manipur is flanked by Nagaland in the North, Mizoram in the South, Cachar district of Assam in the West and Burma in the East. It was only after Indian independence that Manipur was merged with the Indian Union on 15 October 1951. The state enjoyed the status of an independent princely state till 1981.
The matrimonial alliances not only fostered cordial relations between the two states but also led to a deep assimilation of cultures and religions. The royal house of Tripura, thereafter, became intricately intertwined with the cultural splendor of Manipur. While some Tripuri kings married Manipuri girls from ordinary families, the distinguished position of chief consort was exclusively reserved for Manipuri princesses. These women played a significant role in enriching the cultures of both states and contributed to the development of temples, known as kunj, in Vrindavan.
These tales of love and cultural exchange, woven together, have etched an indelible mark on the histories of Manipur and Tripura. As traditions flourish, the legacy of these royal unions perseveres, nurturing enduring connections between these two northeastern states of India.
Cover image: Maharani Dhanamanjari & King Churchand on 17th March, 1905. Wikipedia
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