Construction Of Much-Awaited 120-Ft-Tall Effigy Of ‘Sagol Kangjei’ Completed; Upholds Historical Significance Of Polo Sport

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Construction work of the much-awaited 120-feet-tall effigy of Sagol Kangjei (Polo) player at Heingang hill, the shrine of Ibudhou Marjing in Imphal East, has been completion. It will uphold the great religious and mythological significance linked with the sport.

According to the Manipur Chief Minister – N. Biren Singh, within a few days, the statue will be ready for inauguration.

This gigantic Polo statue located above the hill top of Ebudhou Marjing hills, a semi-god who started Sagol Kangjei (polo) will popularize Manipur – the birthplace of polo sport.

Besides, the project will enhance tourist footfall, thereby generating employment opportunities for the local populace.

Taking to Twitter, the Manipur Chief Minister – N. Biren Singh wrote “Finally, the long awaited 120-feet, Sagol Kangjei Statue at Marjing has been completed. In just few days, the statue will be ready for inauguration. With PM @narendramodi Ji’s guidance, we have been able to deliver projects within the stipulated time.”

In the 1850s, the British observed Manipuris play a sport using a pony and a hockey-like stick. Influenced by the game, Britishers later formed a polo club in Silchar.

It is believed that the Manipur King – Kanba invented the game in the 14th century BC. While, the first polo match was conducted in 33 AD by King Nongda.

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