Andro is an earmarked Scheduled Caste village which has been developed to represent the cultural heritage and artful creativeness of the Manipuri tribes. It is located at distance of 25 km towards east of Imphal. This small village has also witnessed a certain level of development in terms of transportation facilities. Travelers can easily avail buses, cycles, auto-rickshaws and taxis to access different locations.
The name of this village is believed to have originated from the word ‘handro’, which, in local tongue, translates to ‘the village of the people who returned’. According to local folklore, the Lois (the majority community in Andro) was some of the earliest settlers of Manipur. Driven away by a local ruler, they returned later to establish their settlement that gradually came to be known as Andro.
Warm, hospitable and skilled in making several handicrafts, the residents of Andro are keen on upholding and preserving their slowly-disappearing traditions and customs. This is why in 1993 (under the guidance of noted anthropologist, writer and numismatist Mutua Bahadur) the villagers established a cultural complex-cum-museum that has since become the heart of the village.
The Chakpa Panam Ningthou Meithoupirol Shanglen or Mei Mutaba is an age old traditional Hindu temple where the sacred fire lit 1,000 years ago has been preserved and maintained till now by the local community. The fire is situated at the very center of this temple, which renders a mythical value to this temple.
Manipur has many such scenic locations which are less discovered by the travelers. These places have rich and diverse culture which is very interesting and travelers who come to visit these places here will definitely have a very wonderful time.
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