LIANCHHIARI LUNGLEN TLANG
This is the legendary cliff with its projection protruding perilously far outside the rugged mountain where the lovers like the besotted Lianchhiari used to look-out for Chawngfianga.
No wonder that this idyllic view should find natural and spontaneous attraction from the romantic tribal population, enthusing them to weave out sweet love-lores around the cliff. This enigmatic natural wonder is 64 kms south of Champhai on the way to Khawbung.
“Sikpui lung” is a stone platform arranged for the use of the persons (khuangpu,zaihruaitu) who lead the singing and dancing merriment at the time of Sikpui festivities. This festival has been celebrated by the Hmar community from time immemorial. As was evident from the monument above, this community preceded the Lushei group in the westward movement of the cognate groups. This festival, perhaps, was celebrated every year since they were in Shan.. On this particular stone it was inscribed – “HE LUNG HI HMANLAI HMARHO SIKPUINA A NI. TIN, KEINI KUM 28.2.1918-a HIAN KAN AWM TAN TA. JAHULA SAILO”. According to Pu L.Keivom, I.F.S(retd) there are only four known Sikpui Lung till date, one at Bishenpur in Manipur, two of them at Senvon and the fourth one, under reference above (The plantain standing on the left hand side above is Saisu plant, grown mostly for vegetables.) Words are mine but the substance are mostly lifted from Mr.Keivom from his article posted online from Delhi on 09/08/08 in his Keivom’s Diary.
The legendary Fiara Tui is situated 65 kms away from Champhai. The source of this water is Tan tlang (mountain). The story goes that due to shortage of drinking water, long distances had to be travelled for collection of water. Fiara, the only son of a poor widow, happened to turn a flat stone and to his great delight and astonishment found a crystal clear source of water. This was kept a secret by the widow and her son. In time it was found by the villagers that this water was better and sweeter than other water sources.
Mura Puk is located in Zote village, about 10 kilometers from Champhai town. It consists of six caves, and though the origin or use of the caves are not known, legend has it that it was a hide out for villagers in olden days as they were preyed upon by a gigantic eagle called Mura for food. Mura was known to be cruel and his tactic for hunting was unique. He would perch on the roof of the huts, and then he would push his tail through the rear door that would force the people to try and escape through the front door. He would then catch the victim or victims with his beak and feed on it. He would repeat this almost every day. Therefore, the villagers dug these caves to hide from the Ferocious Eagle.