The seat of Manipur's power till 1891, historical embodiment of Manipuri Rulers and the people of Manipur, Kangla has a special place in the hearts and minds of the people of Manipuri people. The literal meaning of Kangla is Dry Land and it is a part of the Meitei language. This ancient capital of Manipur is situated in the centre of the city of Imphal. Since the time of Pakhangba the fort is talked about in 'Cheitharol Kummaba'. During earlier times the fort was on both sides of River Imphal but now only its remains are left on the western edge of the river bank. Now known as a historical and archaeological site it is still dotted with several shrines that are still revered by the locals and people of the adjoining Northeast states.