Manipur is an ancient Kingdom formerly ruled by its sovereign monarchs. It is now a state of India situated on its north-eastern boundary bordering Burma. Manipur is now a small state with an area of 22,327 square kilometers. But the merit and glory of Manipur does not lie in its size and population but in its age-old remarkable culture and civilization evolved through centuries unknown to the outside world till recently. However, one has to remember that Manipur of today is a small state of the Union of India, in the days when Manipur was independent and powerful under its east, the River Chindwin now in Burma (Myanmar) was the international river running between Manipur and Burma and in the west it extended up to the plains of Cachar. Manipur was in former days a great political power, a power that may be considered as an Asiatic Power.