Manipur is a state in north-eastern India. It is bordered by the Indian states of Nagaland to its north, Mizoram to its south and Assam to its west, and Myanmar to its east and south. Imphal is Manipur’s capital city. Since ancient times, Manipuri people – also known as the Meitei, have been living in the valleys of the land where state of Manipur is today.

In early 17th century, the Pangals (a Muslim group) also settled in the valleys and since then have been living in this region along with the Meitei.