Hiyang Hiren

traditional Meitei Manipuri boat, used in religious boat racing

Hiyang Hiren (Meitei: ꯍꯤꯌꯥꯡ ꯍꯤꯔꯦꯟ) (literally, "large race boat") is a traditional royal race boat, used at the Hiyang Tannaba ceremony in the religious festival of Lai Haraoba.[1][2] The boat is regarded as invested with spiritual powers and is associated with religious rites.[3] The Meitei people believe that the worship of the boat will bring protection from the evils.[3] The Hiyangloi Hanchapa is responsible for making the Hiyang Hiren, which is decorated with the stern (hirubak) the head of the Sangai deer.[1] The boat is around 54 feet long, and its racing ceremony is held annually for two days.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Sana, Raj Kumar Somorjit (2010). The Chronology of Meetei Monarchs: From 1666 CE to 1850 CE. ISBN 9788184652109.
  2. Ishwarjit Singh, E. (2005). Manipur, a Tourist Paradise. ISBN 9788176465069.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Garg, Chitra (2007). Travel India: A Complete Guide to Tourist. ISBN 9788183820844.
  4. Rastogi, Priyanka (13 May 2019). Early Sunrise, Early Sunset: Tales of a Solo Woman Traveler Across North East and East India. ISBN 9781543705232.