Keke Moilang, Kege Moirang
A statue of Netaji Subhashchandra Bose in the INA Memorial Complex in Moirang
A statue of Netaji Subhashchandra Bose in the INA Memorial Complex in Moirang
Moirang is located in Manipur
Moirang is located in India
Coordinates: 24°30′N 93°46′E / 24.5°N 93.77°E / 24.5; 93.77
766 m (2,513 ft)
 • Total16,684
 • OfficialMeitei (Manipuri)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationMN

Moirang (Meitei: /moi.rāŋ/[1]) is a town in the Indian state of Manipur, best known for the tentatively listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Keibul Lamjao Conservation Area (KLCA), covering Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP), the world's only floating national park,[2][3] the buffer of Loktak Lake (140 sq km) and Pumlen Pat (43 sq. km).[4][5] It is best known for the being the place of origin of the ancient epic legend of Khamba and Thoibi, one of the seven epic cycles of incarnations of Meitei mythology and folklore.[6][7] Nationwide, it is also famous for the INA War Museum in the INA Martyrs' Memorial Complex, where Colonel Shaukat Malik of the Indian National Army hoisted the Tricolour for the first time on Indian soil on 14 April 1944.[8] It is situated approximately 45 km (28 mi) south of the state capital Imphal. It has an area of 269 km2 (104 sq mi) with a population of 62,187 in 67 villages. There are 12 Panchayats in this block.


Epic cycles of incarnations and the Khamba Thoibi

Main articles: Epic cycles of incarnations and Khamba Thoibi

The capture of the wild Kao (bull) by Khamba

Historically, the town of Moirang is famous for the ancient temple of the deity, Thangching (Thangjing) and the legendary love story of "Khamba Thoibi". In a village named Ngangkhaleikai, the old cloth used by Khamba and Nongban are still preserved. The epic story of "Khamba-Thoibi" begins between a beautiful princess name Thoibi daughter of Wangon Ningthou Chingkhu Naha Telheiba, and an orphan man named Khuman Khamba. Khamba was raised up by her own sister when both their parents died when they were very young. Khamnu used to go around the village for pounding grain and lend a hand to others household works at her young age. In return she fed her brother from the less amount of grain that others paid in gratitude of helping to their household works.

Powerful clan

In ancient times, the king of Moirang was considered as the most powerful among the seven clan kings of Manipur. Till the end of Khamba-Thoibi era the Burmese King paid the annual war reparations money to the Moirang king.

World War II and the INA

During World War II, Moirang was the headquarters of Indian National Army (INA). Colonel Shaukat Malik of the Indian National Army hoisted the Tricolour for the first time on Indian soil on 14 April 1944, in Moirang with the help of Manipuris like Shri Mairembam Koireng Singh and others who were members of the INA. The INA Museum at Moirang displays some wartime relics and photographs. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, himself also hoisted the Tricolour flag of Indian Independence on 30 December 1943 in Jimkhana Club Port Blair. In which time Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was commander in chief of INA and Hon. President of Indian Government which recognized by 18 countries.


The month long Lai Haraoba festival held between mid-May to June originated from Moirang.[citation needed] The graceful Khamba Thoibi dance also originated here at Moirang.[citation needed]


Moirang is located at 24°30′N 93°46′E / 24.5°N 93.77°E / 24.5; 93.77.[9] It has an average elevation of 766 metres (2513 feet).

Tourist places


Moirang is well connected with Imphal and Churachandpur through NH-150. Moirang-Kumbi and Moirang-Thanga are the other important district roads connected to Moirang town.


As of 2001 India census,[10] Moirang had a population of 16,684. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Moirang has an average literacy rate of 64%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 71%, and female literacy is 55%. In Moirang, 13% of the population is under six years of age.

Religion in Moirang town (2011)[11]
Religion Percent


Moirang is part of Inner Manipur (Lok Sabha constituency).[12]


  1. ^ Sharma, H. Surmangol (2006). "Learners' Manipuri-English dictionary". (in Manipuri and English). University of Chicago. p. 154. Retrieved 16 March 2023. moirāng ꯃꯣꯏꯔꯥꯡ /moi.raŋ/ n. 1) Moirang: name of a historically important place in Manipur. 2) name of a Meitei clan.
  2. ^ "The Floating Islands of India". 7 May 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2023. The largest island is home to the Keibul Lamjao, the world's only floating national park. It serves as a habitat for the endangered brow-antlered sangai, or "dancing deer," whose hooves have adapted to the island's spongy ground. The park, covering 15 square miles (40 km2), was specifically created to preserve the deer, which were once thought to be extinct.
  3. ^ McKechnie, Ben. "The world's only floating national park". Retrieved 13 March 2023.
  4. ^ Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Keibul Lamjao Conservation Area". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 13 March 2023.
  5. ^ "Keibul Lamjao Conservation Area | For UNESCO World Heritage Travellers". Retrieved 13 March 2023.
  6. ^ Oinam, Bhagat; Sadokpam, Dhiren A. (11 May 2018). Northeast India: A Reader. Taylor & Francis. pp. 236, 237. ISBN 978-0-429-95320-0. Numerous manuscripts of the Moirang region dwell on the theme of love. One of the most popular stories refers to the seven pairs of lovers who are regarded as incarnations of the same souls in different generations or age.
  7. ^ Datta, Amaresh (1987). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: A-Devo. India: Sahitya Akademi. p. 349. ISBN 978-81-260-1803-1. The epic ballad cycle of the incarnations of Moirang which is nine in number according to some and only seven according to others is a grand majestic saga of the eternal triangle in which generations after generations would find reflections of the various hopes, ideals and aspirations of each age.
  8. ^ Sharma, G. Amarjit (5 July 2021). State vs. Society in Northeast India: History, Politics and the Everyday. SAGE Publishing India. p. 82. ISBN 978-93-91370-45-9.
  9. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Moirang
  10. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  11. ^ "Population by religion community – 2011". Census of India, 2011. The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Archived from the original on 25 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies" (PDF). Manipur. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 7 October 2008.[permanent dead link]