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Khunu Leima
Goddess of pigeons and doves
Member of Lairembis
ꯈꯨꯅꯨ ꯂꯩꯃ.jpg
Depiction of Khunu Leima
Other names
  • Khunuleima
  • Khunureima
Affiliation Meitei mythology ( Manipuri mythology) and Meitei religion ( Sanamahism)
Animals pigeons and doves
Symbols pigeons and doves
Region Manipur, Northeast India
Ethnic group Meitei ethnicity
Festivals Lai Haraoba
Personal information
Parents Salailen (Soraren)
Siblings Nganu Leima and Shapi Leima
EnglishKhunu Leima
Ancient Meiteiꯈꯨꯅꯨ ꯂꯩꯃ
(khoo-noo lei-ma)
Modern Meiteiꯈꯨꯅꯨꯔꯩꯃ
Assameseখুনু লৈমা / খুনুৰৈমা
(khoo-noo lei-ma / khoo-noo-rei-ma)
Bengaliখুনু লৈমা / খুনুরৈমা
(khoo-noo lei-ma / khoo-noo-rei-ma)
Hindiखूनू लैमा
(khoo-noo lei-ma)

Khunu Leima (/khoo-noo lei-ma) or Khunureima (/khoo-noo-rei-ma) is the goddess of pigeons and doves in Meitei mythology and religion. She is a sister of goddesses Nganu Leima and Shapi Leima. Legend says that all three sisters married the same mortal man. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


The Meitei female given name "Khunu Leima" (ꯈꯨꯅꯨ ꯂꯩꯃ) is made up of two component words, "Khunu" (ꯈꯨꯅꯨ) and "Leima" (ꯂꯩꯃ). In Meitei, "Khunu" (ꯈꯨꯅꯨ) means pigeon. [6] The word "Leima" (ꯂꯩꯃ) is further made up of two component words, "Lei" (ꯂꯩ) and "Ma" (ꯃ). "Lei" (ꯂꯩ) means land or earth. "Ma" (ꯃ) means "mother". Literally, "Leima" (ꯂꯩꯃ) can be translated as "Land Mother" or "Mother Earth". But in general context, "Leima" (ꯂꯩꯃ) means a queen or a mistress or a lady. [7]


Khunu Leima is described as the ruler of all pigeons. At any time, she could summon all pigeons to any place she wishes. She is one of the daughters of the sky god Salailen (Soraren). [2] [8]

See also


  1. ^ Singh, Moirangthem Kirti (1993). Folk Culture of Manipur. Manas Publications. ISBN  978-81-7049-063-0.
  2. ^ a b Manipuri Phungawari. (in Manipuri). 2014. p. 202.
  3. ^ Eben Mayogee Leipareng. (in Manipuri). 1995. p. 107.
  4. ^ Tal Taret. (in Manipuri). 2006. p. 43.
  5. ^ Regunathan, Sudhamahi (2005). Folk Tales of the North-East. Children's Book Trust. ISBN  978-81-7011-967-8.
  6. ^ "Learners' Manipuri-English dictionary.Khunu". 2006.
  7. ^ "Learners' Manipuri-English dictionary.Leima". 2006.
  8. ^ Tal Taret. (in Manipuri). 2006. p. 46.


  • Glimpses of Manipuri Culture - Dr. Yumlembam Gopi Devi
  • The History of Manipur: An early period - Wahengbam Ibohal Singh · 1986

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