List of Meitei gods and goddesses

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"Meitei deities" or "Manipuri deities" refer to the gods and goddesses of Meitei mythology and religion. The major deities include Atingkok, Leimarel Sidabi, Sanamahi, Pakhangba, Imoinu and a few others.[1]

Here is a list of the divinities, affiliated with Sanamahism, the Meitei religion.

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Names of the Deities Meitei transliteration Description
Atingkok ꯑꯇꯤꯡꯀꯣꯛ The Universal God Father, the Creator of the entire world.[2]
Haoreima ꯍꯥꯎꯔꯩꯃ A female divinity, in the form of a tribal woman, carrying traditional elongated basket.
Heinu Leima ꯍꯩꯅꯨ ꯂꯩꯃ The goddess of fruits and fruitful abundance.
Imoinu ꯏꯃꯣꯢꯅꯨ A household goddess of hearth fire, wealth and prosperity.[3]
Ireima ꯏꯔꯩꯃ The goddess and the Queen of the water realm.[4]
Khamlangba ꯈꯝꯂꯥꯡꯕ A great hunter, warrior and miner deity.[5]
Khamnung Kikoi Louonbi ꯈꯝꯅꯨꯡ ꯀꯤꯀꯣꯢ ꯂꯧꯑꯣꯟꯄꯤ Goddess who takes the souls of the death to the underworld.
Khoriphaba ꯈꯣꯔꯤꯐꯥꯕ The only son of Atingkok and Konthoujam Tampha Lairembi.
Khuman Apokpa ꯈꯨꯃꯟ ꯑꯄꯣꯛꯄ The God of Darkness, and the progenitor of the Khuman clan.[6]
Koiren Leima ꯀꯣꯢꯔꯦꯟ ꯂꯩꯃ The dual goddesses, who are both the consorts of Thangjing.
Konthoujam Tampha Lairembi ꯀꯣꯟꯊꯧꯖꯝ ꯇꯝꯐꯥ ꯂꯥꯢꯔꯦꯝꯕꯤ The former Queen of Heaven and a consort of Atingkok, the Supreme God.
Korouhanba ꯀꯣꯔꯧꯍꯟꯕ The God of the Sun and the master of the sky.[7]
Koubru ꯀꯧꯕ꯭ꯔꯨ The guardian of the North West direction and the presiding deity of the Mt. Koubru.[8]
Laikhurembi ꯂꯥꯢꯈꯨꯔꯦꯝꯕꯤ The chief Queen of Thongalel, the ruler of the underworld kingdom.[9]
Lainaotabi ꯂꯥꯢꯅꯥꯎꯇꯥꯕꯤ The youngest consort of Thongalel, and the goddess of sorcery, witchcraft and weaving.
Leimarel Sidabi ꯂꯩꯃꯔꯦꯜ ꯁꯤꯗꯕꯤ The supreme mother earth goddess.[10]
Loyalakpa ꯂꯣꯌꯥꯂꯥꯛꯄ The only son of Koubru and Kounu.
Marjing ꯃꯥꯔꯖꯤꯡ The god of polo, horses, war and sports.[11]
Mongba Hanba ꯃꯣꯡꯕ ꯍꯟꯕ A primordial Sylvan God.
Ngaleima ꯉꯥꯂꯩꯃ The goddess of fish, and a sister of Ireima, Phouoibi and Thumleima.
Nongpok Ningthou ꯅꯣꯡꯄꯣꯛ ꯅꯤꯡꯊꯧ The presiding god of the Nongmaiching Hill (Langmai Hill), in eastern Manipur, and the Guardian of the Eastern direction.
Nongshaba, also known as Kanglasha ꯀꯪꯂꯥꯁꯥ (ꯅꯣꯡꯁꯥꯕ) A dragon lion god, son of Atingkok.
Nongthang Leima ꯅꯣꯡꯊꯥꯡ ꯂꯩꯃ The goddess of seduction, associated with thunder and lightning.
Pakhangpa ꯄꯥꯈꯪꯄ A primordial serpentine dragon and a son of Atingkok and Leimarel Sidabi.[12]
Panam Ningthou ꯄꯅꯝ ꯅꯤꯡꯊꯧ The presiding god of "Andro village" in Manipur.
Panthoibi ꯄꯥꯟꯊꯣꯢꯕꯤ The goddess of fertility, war and love.
Phouoibi ꯐꯧꯑꯣꯢꯕꯤ The goddess of food, crops and agriculture.
Pisatao ꯄꯤꯁꯥꯇꯥꯎ God of handicrafts.
Poireiton ꯄꯣꯢꯔꯩꯇꯣꯟ The cultural hero, who brought fire from the underworld to the human world.
Pureiromba ꯄꯨꯔꯩꯔꯣꯝꯕ An ancestral deity of the Angom clan.
Sanamahi ꯁꯅꯥꯃꯍꯤ A household deity and the eldest son of Atingkok, the Supreme deity.[13]
Thangjing ꯊꯥꯡꯖꯤꯡ The progenitor of the Moirang clan, the Guardian of the South West direction and the presiding deity of Ancient Moirang.[14]
Thongak Lairembi ꯊꯣꯡꯉꯥꯛ ꯂꯥꯢꯂꯦꯝꯄꯤ Goddess who guards the entrance gate to the underworld.
Thongalel ꯊꯣꯉꯥꯂꯦꯜ The god of the death and the ruler of the underworld.
Thumleima ꯊꯨꯝꯂꯩꯃ The goddess of salt and salt brines.
Wangbren ꯋꯥꯡꯕ꯭ꯔꯦꯟ The god of water, rain, flood, disease and sickness.[15]
Yumjao Leima ꯌꯨꯝꯖꯥꯎ ꯂꯩꯃ The goddess of household and royalty.

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