Gangtok, May 28:
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang today inaugurated the Paruhang Sapten Mangkhim cum Kirat Rai Linguistic & Cultural Research Centre first of its kind in the world which is spread in total area of 65340 square ft and situated at Rai Gaon, Ranka just a 9 km away from capital Gangtok. The CM was accompanied by an entire cabinet team of guests from Nepal,USA and other states of India who took part in the international inauguration event today. This Mangkhim is one of the biggest religious -cultural heritages for Rai community of Sikkim as well as for other parts of India and other countries ever built.
Its construction work began in the year 2009 during the SDF led government and former CM Pawan Chamling laid down the foundation stone but it was delayed due to many reasons and new SKM led government with my special intervention with additional approved fund and without keeping any prejudice our government has finally able to complete it as a result it inaugurated today said CM Prem Singh Tamang.
The Mangkhim is a traditional place of workshop of the Kirat Rai community where the elders assemble and pray to their deities and ancestors. The Manghim and the rich cultural practices had been replicated, blended with modern materials to create a structural marvel of opulence and heritage architecture.
The palatial complex is inspired by the indigenous terraced farm wherein each platform caters to a specific reference to the community. There is a library with over 3000 books related with the Rai community, an open air amphitheatre, statues/murals of Rai deities and legends and modern amenities like reception floors, conference hall, restaurant and resting points at different floors. The connection with Mundum, folklore of the Rai community, is visible at each block of the Mangkhim.
On the occasion Kutumba band and singers from Nepal gave a special performance accompanied by cultural dances of Sikkim.