Video - In and Around Shri Govindji Temple in Manipur
Significance of the temple
The structure of this particular temple highlights a rectangular late medieval brick-built temple with a portico or separate verandah to the front entrance. The whole structure is double-celled type, along with an ambulatory passage running round the sanctum hall which measures 11.30 x 7.65 sq.m. Three flights of step lead to the sanctum hall from the northern, southern and eastern sides. The temple measures 16.95 m in length and is 18.63 m in breadth.
The tourists admire the temple structure which is built out of red bricks; the temple features a rectangular medieval style of architecture. The front entrance near the temple runs into a passage which finally leads to the hall for the main idols. The temple is about 16.95 meters in height and is 18, 63 meters in wide. Nestled in the hilly surroundings of Imphal, the temple is surely one of the best Manipur tourist spots.
The main deity of Shree Govindjee with his consort is placed in the central chamber. Jagannath, Subhadra and Balarama in the northern chamber and Balarama and Krishna in the southern chamber. The chambers are nicely maintained spick and span. The front arcades are provided with curtains. The temple is in Nagra style of Hindu temples. There is a kind of architectural maturity and richness which is reflected through the temple structure.
Above the cornice is the first railing covering the terrace above the circumambulatory path. The first railing is having mini-shrines called salas, one each at the corners. There is no particular other superstructure over the portico roof after the first railing. The sanctum cube are raised up the terrace of the first railing, right up to the cornice, then the second railing which surrounds the two domes. Externally the sanctum wall does not show any partition but internally the partition walls divide it in to three chambers.
The crown carries the Amalika-sila and then the kalasa with long pinnacle with the temple flag. Both the dome surfaces from above are covered with gold plate sheets. The facade is to the east.
|The main deity of Govindji with his consort is placed in the central chamber. Jagannath, Subhadra and Balarama in the northern chamber and Balarama and Krishna in the southern chamber.||Nearby tourist places to Shri Govindji Temple
How to Reach the Temple
- Through Airways -the Indian Airlines connect Imphal, the capital of Manipur, with major cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Silchar.
- Through Railways- Dimapur, 215 kms from Imphal, is the nearest railhead. Another railhead is Jiribaum, a small town 225 kms from Imphal.
- Through Roadways - Imphal is connected by road with Guwahati (Assam) through National Highway No. 39 and Silchar (Assam) through National Highway No. 53.