(Last Updated on : 01/07/2013)
Another popular sport from Manipur, Mukna blends the features of wrestling and judo. Apart from Manipur, people in Imphal, Thoubal and Bishnpur also play this game. History tells that the game has been in existence since the 15th century. Mukna takes place on the final of celebration of the festival Lai Haraoba (worship of the sylvan deity). In fact, it is considered to be a very vital part of the festival. Great physical strength and expertise is necessary to conquer the opponents in Mukna.
Contests take place among people in the same weight category. Participants have to wear a waist belt (or ningri), groin belt and interestingly the game starts after the two hold each other's belts. But the contestants cannot hold a player's body parts like neck, hair or legs with the hands. Boxing and kicking is also not allowed. If any such instance happens, then it is declared as foul. The player whose head, back, shoulder, knee or hand touches the ground first is the loser. The victor of the sport is known as yatra. Keeping in mind the historical importance of the game, contestants dress up in traditional attire and use conventional equipments. The above-mentioned are also helpful in preventing a player from getting injured.