visitors throng site which appears like the replication of Pakhangba pattern
Even though the fields had been used for cultivation, no one gave a second thought to the configuration of the Maklang Bihu Loukon. But it was discovered that its outline is similar to eight branches of a star when viewed through satellite imagery of Google Earth. The formation is believed to be a wall used in battle in ancient times and the place had consequently been proclaimed as Protected Area by the State Government with the objective to carry out further research.
The Protected Area status was declared after the expiry of a two-month objection notice notified in March. After the imagery of Google Earth went viral, people have been pouring in at the site ignoring the deplorable road conditions. Indications are that it will soon become a huge domestic tourist spot. What is more interesting is the uncanny similarity of the pattern of Pakhangba as described in ancient texts.
At present, it is not known under the reign of which king the ‘battle wall’ was built but to commission a research by the Archaeology department to determine the facts, the government had announced the area as a Protected Area as the first step. However, the plot has not been acquired by the government but it has banned any sort of ‘projects’ or ‘destructive activities’.
The place is located about 16 kms from Imphal along the Imphal-Jiri route on NH-37. It can be reached after turning right at the road diversion at Patsoi Lamkhai. After reaching Maklang Keithel, one has to turn left till Maklang Makha Leikai and from there Bihu Loukon is within reach.
The inner circle of the star of the “battle wall” is about the size of 9 paris. The opposite tips of the ‘branch’ of the star measures approximately 1000 feet. And the outer circle measures about 28 paris. The opposite tips of the outer circle measure about 1750 feet. The “wall” made entirely of mud has a height of 5 feet but the “wall” in the outer circle has diminished at some places.
According to locals, the “wall” had been there ever since they can remember and it was higher and broader in early times but due to their farming activities, the size got reduced. There is also a moat locally known as Thangapat which had dried up.
From times immemorial, locals believed the place to be sacred place but they never realised that it is in the form of a star even though they had traversed the area like a million times. Seven “Heibi” plants used to grow in this place but only two remain. It may be coincidental but the locals asserted that those who cut down the “Heibi” plants face misfortune or meet an untimely death.