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God of architecture, artisans, forge, handicrafts, metallurgy, skills
Member of Lainingthous
Pisatao, the maker and the giver
Other namesKhoyum Lai Ningthou Pishatao Khutheiba Silheiba
AffiliationMeitei mythology (Manipuri mythology) and Meitei religion (Sanamahism)
Major cult centerKangla
WeaponsHammer and chisel
RegionManipur, Northeast India
Ethnic groupMeitei ethnicity
FestivalsPisatao Khurumba

Lainingthou Pishatao (Meitei: ꯂꯥꯢꯅꯤꯡꯊꯧ ꯄꯤꯁꯥꯇꯥꯎ, romanized: lāi-nīng-thou pī-sā-tāo, lit.'"Maker of All"'),[1][2] mononymously known as Pisatao (Old Manipuri: ꯄꯤꯁꯥꯇꯥꯎ), is a primordial deity in Meitei mythology and religion. He is the god of craftsmen and architects. He is regarded as the divine personification of the ultimate reality, the abstract creative power inherent in deities, living and non living beings in the universe.[3][4][5][6][1][2][7] He is one of the divine manifestations of Supreme God Atingkok (Tengbanba Mapu).[8] In many legends, he is one of the four Gods who control the four directions.[9]

Historically, his pantheon was replaced by Vishwakarma of Hinduism. However, with the dedicated efforts of several organizations and associations including the "South East Asia Cultural Organisation" (SEACO), the status of his pantheon is reviving day by day in Manipur.[10][11][12]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Speaker wishes". www.thesangaiexpress.com. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Speaker wishes : 17th sep20 ~ E-Pao! Headlines". e-pao.net. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  3. "পিসাতাও খুৎহৈবগী থৌরম" (PDF). hueiyenlanpao.com (in Manipuri). 2018.
  4. "লাইনিংথৌ পিসাতাও খুৎহৈবগী চাওনা অকায়বা পীরক্লে। অমগুমা হিংলি।" (PDF). hueiyenlanpao.com (in Manipuri). 2017.
  5. "লাইনিংথৌ পিসাতাও খুৎহৈবা য়োকখত্নবা অসিদা মীয়াম্না তুং ইনবীরকউ। নিংথৌ" (PDF). hueiyenlanpao.com (in Manipuri). 2016.
  6. Politics, Society, and Cosmology in India's North East - Page 49 - N. Vijaylakshmi Brara · 1998
  7. "Speaker wishes". www.thesangaiexpress.com. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  8. A Critical Study Of The Religious Philosophy. 1991. p. 87.
  9. Brara, N. Vijaylakshmi (1998). Politics, society, and cosmology in India's North East. Internet Archive. Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-19-564331-2.
  10. "Lainingthou Pisatao Khutheiba on Sep 17 : 16th sep21 ~ E-Pao! Headlines". e-pao.net. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  11. Khumukcham, Rinku. "SEACO appeals to celebrate Pisatao Lainingthou - Imphal Times". www.imphaltimes.com. Retrieved 2022-03-17.[permanent dead link]
  12. "Pisatao Khutheiba day - Imphal Times". www.imphaltimes.com. Retrieved 2022-03-17.[permanent dead link]

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