Bishnupur is called the cultural and religious capital of Manipur. The land where Lord Vishnu resides, the land which is beautifully dotted with dome-shaped terracotta temples and the home of the famed dancing deer, sangai—Bishnupur is heavenly. Located 27 kilometres from Imphal, the capital of Manipur, Bishnupur, was previously known as Lumlangdong. It is also the district headquarters of Bishnupur district which is bounded by Senapati and West Imphal districts in the north, Churachandpur district in the west, Chandel in the south-east and Thoubal district on the east. The Thangjarok river flows through the town of Bishnupur. Bishnupur is also known as Bishenpur.
People and Culture Of Bishnupurt
Most of the people residing in Bishnupur are Meities, the most prominent ethnic group of Manipur. They follow Hinduism and are Vaishnavites. There are several other tribes and communities living in Bishnupur, such as the Meitei Pangals (the Manipuri Muslims), Naga, Kabui, Gangte, Kom, etc. Agriculture is the main source of livelihood of the people of Bishnupur. They also celebrate several festivals round the year, the most popular being Lai Haroba festival.
Best Time To Visit Bishnupur
The ideal time to visit Bishnupur is between October to February owing to reasons favourable for a traveller.
Manipuri and English is the official language in Manipur.
Bishnupur district has got monsoon climate by receiving rainfall mainly from June to September every year. The district experiences fair cold climate during winter and hot climate during summer season. May to September is the hottest months and December and January are the coldest months.
Some of the small rivers, which are flowing in the district, are Thongjaorock, Sunusiphai, Nambol, Yangoimacha, Yangoiachouba, Khuga, and Iram etc. Except Khuga River all other river start from the hill located at the west of the Tiddim Road and flows towards east falling into Loktak Lake.
The staple diet of Manipur consists of rice, fish, large varieties of leafy vegetables. One of the favorite foods of the Manipuris is the Ngari, which is actually is a type of fermented fish. It carries a distinct smell but it is very popular for its taste.
Flora and fauna
Besides the Brow-antlered deer, the fauna in Keibul Lamjao National Park include some very rare animals and it boasts 425 species of animals (249 vertebrates and 176 invertebrates). 35 species were reported to be abundant in the past have declined and are now disappearing gradually.