Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh today visited Shri Shri Govindajee Janmasthan, Kaina, today and announced to develop the complex as a tourist destination.
It is believed by Manipuri Hindus that Lord Krishna repeatedly annoyed a Tangkhul tribal woman urging at Kaina to remind King Bhagyachandra to fulfill his promise.
In the 18th century, Manipur King Bhagyachandra promised to Lord Krishna to dedicate a temple if he was returned to power. King Bhagyachandra, who was taking asylum at Ahom court, managed to win back and become King of Manipur again however he forgot to dedicate a temple to Lord Krishna.
As Lord Krishna appeared at Kaina the place has become a pilgrim where hundreds of people visit it daily.
The jack fruit where Lord Krishna appeared was taken to Imphal and statue of Lord Krishna carved and installed at Shri Shri Govindajee temple.
To commemorate the occasion, King Bhagyachandra organised the classical form of Manipuri Raas Leela after the temple was constructed.
Chief Minister said that the complex is to be developed as a tourist destination under the fund released from the Tourism Ministry of Government of India.
Assuring that all the constructions and development works will be done transparently, he added that the constructions of compound fencing, main gate and parking lot shall be taken up first and other components like tourist lodge, cafeteria, public utility facilities, solar lighting etc. are to be done later.
He also expressed the need for good planning before commencing the development works for which he appealed for extending suggestions and cooperation from experts and all concerned.