Lainingthou (Meitei: ꯂꯥꯢꯅꯤꯡꯊꯧ, romanized: lāi-nīng-thaw, lit.'king of the gods'[1]) is a divine title often used by male deities in Meitei mythology and religion.[2][3] The term may also mean "Sovereign God".[4]

Lainingthou Nongshaba, the great divine dragon lion

There are many gods who use this title.



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  4. Parratt, Saroj Nalini (1997). The Pleasing of the Gods: Meitei Lai Haraoba. Vikas Publishing House. ISBN 978-81-259-0416-8.