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Shapi Leima
Goddess of rodents
Member of Lairembis
ꯁꯄꯤ ꯂꯩꯃ.jpg
Goddess Shapi Leima
Other names
  • Sapi Leima
  • Shabi Leima
  • Shabireima
  • Sabi Leima
  • Sabireima
Affiliation Meitei mythology ( Manipuri mythology) and Meitei religion ( Sanamahism)
Animals rodents
Symbols rodents
Region Manipur, Northeast India
Ethnic group Meitei ethnicity
Festivals Lai Haraoba
Personal information
Parents Salailen (Soraren)
Siblings Khunu Leima and Nganu Leima
EnglishShapi Leima
Ancient Meiteiꯁꯄꯤ ꯂꯩꯃ
(sa-pee lei-ma)
Modern Meiteiꯁꯕꯤꯔꯩꯃ
Assameseশবী লৈমা / শবীৰৈমা
(sha-bee lei-ma / sha-bee-rei-ma)
Bengaliশবী লৈমা / শবীরৈমা
(sha-bee lei-ma / sha-bee-rei-ma)
Hindiशपी लैमा / शबी लैम
(sha-pee lei-ma / sha-bee lei-ma)

Shapi Leima (Shabi Leima) or Sapi Leima (Sabi Leima) is the goddess of rodents in Meitei mythology and religion. She is a sister of goddesses Khunu Leima and Nganu Leima. Legend says that all three sisters married the same mortal man. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


The Meitei female given name "Sapi Leima" (ꯁꯄꯤ ꯂꯩꯃ) or "Sabi Leima" (ꯁꯕꯤ ꯂꯩꯃ) is made up of two component words. The two words are "Shapi/Sapi/Shabi/Sabi" (ꯁꯕꯤ) and "Leima" (ꯂꯩꯃ). "Sabi" (ꯁꯕꯤ) is a rat like animal. It lives in the clumps of bamboos. [7] It is known for having sharp teeth. [5] 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. [8]


Shapi Leima (Shabi Leima) is described as the mistress of all the rodents of the world. At any time, she could summon all the rodents at any place she wishes. She is the youngest daughter of the god Salailen (alias Soraren). [2] [3]

See also


  1. ^ Tal Taret. (in Manipuri). 2006. p. 39.
  2. ^ a b Tal Taret. (in Manipuri). 2006. p. 48.
  3. ^ a b Manipuri Phungawari. (in Manipuri). 2014. p. 203.
  4. ^ Regunathan, Sudhamahi (2005). Folk Tales of the North-East. Children's Book Trust. ISBN  978-81-7011-967-8.
  5. ^ a b Singh, Moirangthem Kirti (1993). Folk Culture of Manipur. Manas Publications. ISBN  978-81-7049-063-0.
  6. ^ Eben Mayogee Leipareng. (in Manipuri). 1995. p. 107.
  7. ^ "Learners' Manipuri-English dictionary.Sabi". 2006.
  8. ^ "Learners' Manipuri-English dictionary.Leima". 2006.


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

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