Lalruong Lungkap (Lalruong’s stone)
This stone, located at Patpuihmun village in Hmar Hills, Manipur, sported several holes supposedly created by arrowheads. Legend has it that the see-through holes were pierced by the arrows of Lalruong, the legendary hero in Hmar folktales.
Villagers say the stone was very large in earlier times and that as many as 6 people can have their ‘sunbu’ (lunch) on top of it. However, with weathering and lack of awareness about the importance of this magnificent piece of history, Lalruong Lungkap has been reduced to a ‘small’ structure. If there is no proper protection in the next 10 to 20 years, it is likely to vanish forever!
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Jan 2019: A tiny shed with tin roof with iron poles have been constructed by local MLA Dr Chaltonlien Amo. However, it still lacks an iron grill to protect the stone from miscreants or from the public.
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