Kalum Kai (House of worship) : Its origin and significance
Dr Budha Kamei
Contd from previous issue
There are two main entrances one at the front and another at the side; the same entrances are also used as exists. In addition, there is left side door.
Boudaan is a symbol of Tingkao Ragwang. This symbol is based on ritual worship of Tingkao Ragwang locally known as Tingkao Ragwangjang Lamei. The outer circle represents the universe and the two poles in the east and west represent as Didet (Bread). The two poles in the south and north represent as Ditung (Length). The centre space is known as Dichung (centre).
The circle is the sun and the white circle is the moon. This symbol is used both in performance of prayer on every Sunday and every Full Moon Day offered to Tingkao Ragwang and any occasions of worship of Tingkao Ragwang.
The universe, the sun, the moon, the earth and all other cosmic objects are the creation of Tingkao Ragwang, the Almighty God. He is believed to be absolutely benevolent. Now, the TRC people use the name Tingkao Ragwang Chapriak (in short TRC) for educational, official, employment and census purposes.
The symbol of Tingkao Ragwang represents His divine grace and power as reflected in the cosmos and universe. This symbol is used as lockets and stickers and also the identifying mark of TRC.
Kalum Kai is a house of worship and religious discourse. TRC is growing day by day based on the Kalum Kai. Like other religions, the TRC also has the potential to bring peace in the society as the religion was born and brought up on the soil of Manipur.
The TRC people worship Tingkao Ragwang at the Kalum Kai on every Sunday and full moon day. Regular worship and gathering helps man to have mental peace and bringing peace and harmony among the people. Religious architecture does express the religious belief, aesthetic choice, and economic capacity of the people. The Kalum Kai of Chingmeirong, Imphal is the biggest house of worship among the indigenous religions in North East India.
However, it was built with the contribution of the people who wanted to preserve and promote the Kabui (Rongmei) religion. Tingkao Ragwang Chapriak is now giving great emphasis on the devotional songs and prayer hymns in worship of Tingkao Ragwang for the salvation of the soul of men.
Every person may now try to attain salvation by offering prayer to Tingkao Ragwang.