UCM urges Government to construct museum in Bangladesh's Moulvibazar

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, May 19: The United Committee Manipur (UCM) has urged the State Government to construct a museum to preserve the residence of king Marjit in Bangladesh's Kamalganj Moulvibazar and artefacts he left behind.
Recollecting a recent visit to Moulvibazar and meeting the family members king Marjit, Joychandra Konthoujam said the clothes the Manipuri king wore and the articles he used are being preserved and cared for by his descendants.
His residence is an important historical place of significance and is an integral part of Manipur's history. The place should be protected as an archeological site and a museum may be constructed to preserve the invaluable artefacts  and promote Manipur's history and culture, said Joychandra.
During the seven years devastation period, king Marjit reached Cachar in 1819.
After spending 4 years in Cachar, he went to Bangladesh's Sylhet in 1823 and then to Kamalganj Moulvibazar where he worshipped Ibudhou Pakhangba. He died at Kamalganj Moulvibazar. The place where he resided came to be known as Rani Bazar Konung, Joychandra said.
The clothes and articles he used including a sword are still preserved, cared for and worshipped by his descendents, he added.
Joychandra said, during UCM's visit, RK Surjit, a 7th generation descendant of king Marjit expressed his desire to save the artefacts and willingness to donate land for building a museum to anyone interested in preserving it.
The State Government must pay attention to this and it must take up steps to preserve the place and the artefacts.
Constructing a museum would promote Manipur's history and culture, Joychandra added.