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About Dimapur

Dimapur is the largest city in Nagaland, India. In the Middle Ages, it was the capital of the Dimasa Kachari rulers. In the heart of the town there is an old relic of the Dimasa Kachari Kingdom which speaks about the once prosperous era. It is located at 255445N 934430E and is bounded by Kohima district on the south and east, Karbi Anglong district of Assam on the west, the Karbi Anglong and stretch of Golaghat District of Assam, in the west and the north. Dimapur, from a Kachari word 'Dimasa' after the river which flows through it, is the gateway to Nagaland and its only railhead. The city also has the only functional airport in the state.Situated on the banks of the Dhansiri, meaning brick town and at others as 'Che-Dima meaning town of the Dimasa.[3] The seat of capital of Dimapur Kingdom was originally enclosed by a brick wall four feet wide and sixteen feet high, surrounded by an outer ditch sixteen feet in width and twelve feet in depth, except on the southern side where the River Dhansiri formed a natural moat. On the eastern side there was a fine solid gateway with brick masonry of pointed double arches. The gate was secured by heavy double doors, the hinges of which were seated in holes pierced in solid stone blocks. At both ends of the battlement there were turrets of half quadrant shape and in between the archway and the turrets were niches resembling ornamental windows. High up, on either side of the arch, were carvings of sunflowers, which were originally faced with brass so as to present a dazzling spectacle when seen sparkling in the sun from afar. Inside the fortified city, there were seventeen ornamental stone pillars. These funerary monuments were decorated with carvings of foliage, flowers, familiar animals and birds but nowhere with any human images - such as those of gods and goddesses. This suggests that the Dimasa Kacharis were free of Hindu influence at that time. These monoliths are believed to be lineal monuments of the ruling kings of Dimapur. The largest of them was seventeen feet high and twenty four feet in circumference and was said to be the memorial of Makardhwaj, greatest of the rulers of Dimapur , Degadao and mystic heroines like Wairingma and Waibangma won renown in war and the pursuit of mystical attainment. Other V-shaped stone monuments, seventeen in number, symbolised the seventeen royal clans of the 'Dimasa Kachari Aristocracy a term coined by Dr. Francis Hamilton, a renowned scholar of the Dimasa Kachari Royal Clan. Shri SK. Barpujari in his book History of the Dimasa and some writers opined that the Dimasa Kachari Kings to commemorate their Victory over other tribesman, erected monoliths of different shapes indicating the different traditions of the vanquished tribes. This tradition of carving victory memorials is part of the culture of the hill tribes and may have been adopted by the Dimasa Kachari Kings in order to demonstrate the legitimacy of their rule. Dr H. Bareh in the Gazetteer of India writes that the oblong V-Shaped stone pillars closely correspond to the similarly V-Shaped post protruding from the roof of the house of wealthy Angamis The tallest and largest megalith, which lies isolated from others and has a unique Sultanate style, is believed to have been erected by the founder king of Dimapur, who after vanquishing the tribes all around made his triumphal tower to commemorate his victory and this became a tradition setter. In and around this old city, large number of tanks over fifty in number existed, although most of them have since either dried up or have been destroyed by reckless human encroachment without an iota of respect for the history. These tanks were believed to be either dug by the kings for providing water supply to their people or might have resulted due to brick making, as pieces of old bricks could still be found in and around these tanks and, as has been mentioned earlier, Dimapur was known for use of bricks. Most of large tanks are rectangular and have a hardwood seasoned poles planted deep at the centre of the tanks, which have lasted for hundreds of years. Others are of irregular shapes without any such wooden poles. Inference in that, the former ones might have been dug by the kings for water supply and the later were habitation as Digjo Dijua meaning cut off from main river or stream and this tradition is still in vogue, and this area covers Dimapur and Dimasa Kachari inhabited areas of Karbi Anglong District of Assam in the Dhansiri valley. The present Dimapur is the commercial capital of Nagaland and is one of the fastest growing townships in the entire North-east region. But irony is, in the name of the modernity and development, this ancient city of Dimapur, whose historical relics finds a place in the World. During World War II, Dimapur was the centre of action between British India and Imperial Japan. It was the staging post for the Allied offensive. The Japanese could reach Kohima where a siege was laid. Allied reinforcement came through Dimapur by rail and road for the push against the Japanese. An airport at Dimapur was also in use for supplies to the allied forces in Burma. The battle for Kohima about 77 km from Dimapur is considered the turning point for the Japanese retreat from South East Asia. The Jains were amongst the earliest non-Naga settlors of Nagaland. A few Jain families came to Kohima in the 1880s and settled there. They later moved to Dimapur in 1944 due to Japanese invasion during World War II. Prominent among them were Nandlal Mangilal Jain & Family, Shubkaran Sethi, Phulchand Sethi, Jethmal Sethi, , Kanhaiyalal Sethi, Ramchandra Sethi, Kishanlal Sethi, etc. Mangilal Chhabra ,Phulchand Sethi and other Chhabra & Sethi brethren set up the SD Jain Temple, SD Jain School, SD Jain Charitable Hospital. They also built the famous Durga Mandir in Old Daily Market.



Dimapur is in North East telecom region.


Important Cities close to DIMAPUR :

Itanagar , Shillong , Imphal , Aizwal , Dimapur , Kohima , Gangtok , Agartala , Cherrapunjee , Bishenupur , Champai , Kiphire , Khonsa , Williamnagar , Kolasib



Providers with 4G coverage in DIMAPUR :

Idea, Airtel


Providers with 3G coverage in DIMAPUR :

Idea, Airtel, Reliance gsm, Vodafone


Mobile recharge and Datacard dealers near Dimapur


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Idea Point Store Idea Office, Ahinsa Electrical, Army Supply Road, Near Jakhalu Complex, Dhobinal, Dimapur Nagaland-797112
My Idea Store Hussain Building, Circular Road, Near City Tower, Dimapur Nagaland -797112
!dea Store !dea Store >A K Communication>Hussain Building, Circular Road, Near City Tower, Dimapur Nagaland -797112
Idea Store Hussain Building, Circular Road, Near City Tower, Dimapur Nagaland -797112
Ahinsa Electricals Idea Office, Ahinsa Electrical, Army Supply Road, Near Jakhalu Complex, Dhobinal, Dimapur Nagaland-797112
A K Communication Hussain Building, Circular Road, Near City Tower, Dimapur Nagaland -797112
Dimapur Pauna Complex, Opp. Town Hall, Dimapore - 797112
Re Invented Manufacture and Distributor Ancestor Cottage, New Model Village, Circular Rd. Dimapur,Nagaland-797112,
Airtel Express Purna Bazar, PO and PS- Dimapur, Nagaland- 797112
Ahinsa Electrical Army Supply Road, Near Jakhulu Complex, Dhobinala. Dimapur-797112
A.K Communication Hussain Building, Circular Road, Near City Tower.Dimapur,Nagaland.