Longtharai implies the name of Lord Shiva, as per the Kokborok language, which is a tribal dialect of the region of Tripura. According to a mythological tale, Lord Shiva had rested at the spot where this temple is located, for a short duration during his return from Kailash. This lent the name of 'Longtharai' to this hill. This temple is visited by numerable devotees throughout the year.
Located in the Kamalpur Nagar Panchayat area, Dhalai district, the Kamaleswari Temple is situated at a distance of nearly 35 km away from Ambassa, which is the District Headquarters of Dhalai district. Goddess Kali is also referred to as Kamaleshwari, who is the presiding deity of this holy temple. The largest sub-divisional town named Kamalpur has been named after this temple. It is present about 122 km from Agartala , which is the state capital of Tripura.
Raas Fair of Manipuri community
The Manipuri community celebrate the Raas Mela every year to worship Lord Krishna and his eternal love for Radha. This fair is arranged in Salema, Dhalai. However, nowadays it is also celebrated in various parts of Dhalai district. Tourists who visit this place are quite drawn to the procession known as 'Raas Yatra'. Attractive clay models, which depict the actions and incidents of the life of Lord Krishna are exhibited in this fair. It is observed during December.
Regional Dances of Dhalai District
'Hajagiri', 'Dhamail' and 'Lebung Bumani' represent the different local dances which are performed in the Dhalai district. While Hajagiri and Lebung Bumani dances are performed by the Riang community, Dhamail is a group dance practised by the Bengali community. The Lebung Bumani dance is done placing a bottle on the forehead and standing on a bottle.
As much as 70 percent of Tripura, particularly Dhalai district is covered with lush green forests and hills. The important hill tracts are Sakhantang, Lontharai and Atharamura. The unique natural splendour of this place is enough to captivate tourists.
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