Heikru Hitongba is an aquatic festival celebrated on a canal in the Bijoy Govinda area, Manipur. Every year, it is held on the eleventh day of Langban (September). On this occasion, a large number of rowers sit in long narrow boats and race along a two kilometers wide moat. The race will start as soon as the idol of Lord Vishnu is installed.
It is a festival of joy, with a little religious significance. Pieces of gold and silver are offered to Lord Govindajee by the leaders of the crew parties on this day. The neck-and-neck racing of the boat is a spectacular and a rare sight for the tourist.
Updated on 7th June, 2005
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