Dragon Lion in Meitei Manipuri mythology

Nongshaba (Meitei: ꯅꯣꯡꯁꯥꯕ, romanized: nong-shaa-ba, lit.'Lion God'), also known as Kanglasha (Old Manipuri: ꯀꯪꯂꯥꯁꯥ, romanized: kang-laa-shaa, lit.'Dragon of the Kangla'), is a primordial dragon lion god in Meitei mythology and religion of Ancient Manipur (Antique Kangleipak).[1][2][3] He is a son of Atingkok, the Supreme Creator God, and an old member of the Umang Lais (Sylvan deities) in the religion. A pair of two gigantic figures of the creature, is standing inside the Kangla, the foremost capital city of Ancient Manipur.[4]

The illustration of the dragon lion
The Kanglasha inside the Kangla before it was destroyed just after the Anglo-Manipuri War in 1891 Manipur.
A pair of Kanglasha dragons inside the Kangla Palace in Manipur.


Destruction of the structuresEdit

After the Anglo-Manipuri War, the two structures of the dragons were destroyed by the British Army, when they annexed the Kangla.

The image of the dragons in 1866 AD, long before the Anglo-Manipuri War.

Rebuilding of the structuresEdit

Under the supervision of the Government of Manipur, the structures of the dragons were reconstructed in the first decade of the 21st century AD.

The structures of the pair of dragons being reconstructed in the first decade of the 21st century AD.

In State EmblemEdit

Kanglasha is regarded as a sacred creature. So, he is included in the Emblem of the Government of Manipur.

The Kanglasha, a mythical dragon in the Emblem of Manipur.