Puya Mei Thaba

historical event of the burning of ancient Meitei scriptures in Kangleipak (Manipur)

Puya Mei Thaba (Meitei: ꯄꯨꯌꯥ ꯃꯩ ꯊꯥꯕ) (literally, the burning of puya[1][2]) was a historical event of the burning of the sacred scriptures (puyas) of Sanamahism, the ancient Meitei faith under the tyrannical orders of Emperor Pamheiba on the 23rd day of the Manipuri lunar month of Wakching in 1729 AD in front of the Uttra Sanglen inside the Kangla Palace of Manipur kingdom.[3][4] It was regarded as the gateway event for the Brahmanical invasion into the Manipuri society.[3]



The historic event of the destruction of the antique scriptures is commemorated still today as "Puya Mei Thaba Numit". It is observed in different parts of Manipuri dominant regions, especially in Manipur.[4][5][6][7]



  1. Nepram, Binalakshmi (2004). Meckley. ISBN 9788185870403.
  2. Bhattacharjee, Kishalay (11 April 2013). Che in Paona Bazar. ISBN 9781447247418.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Puya Meithaba the Burning of Meitei Sacred Scripture by Madhu Chandra".
  4. 4.0 4.1 "All set to observe 'Puya Mei Thaba Numit' | Pothashang News". 5 January 2018.
  5. "Puya Mei Thaba Numit - Imphal Times".[permanent dead link]
  6. "Puya Meithakhibagi Apunba Ningsing Lup commemorates 288th Puya Mei Thaba Numit at Kangla Uttra Shanglen - Impact TV - the Official Website".
  7. "Puya Mei Thaba commemorated".

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