ZEILAD LAKE: Zeilad lake is the 2nd largest fresh water lake next only to Loktak lake in Manipur. It is locally known as Makoi (Atengba) Zeilad which means lake of Atengba village for the fact Zeilad lake is situated within the land of Atengba village.The lake is situated about two kilometres away west of Barak River.

Zeilad lake covers an area of roughly 60,000 Sq. metres approximately. Till today no one has ever known the depth of it. It has three sister lakes near to it. They are Napsaem Zei (Rice pond), Guiphuap Zei (Tortoise Pond) and Inrou Zei (Rubbish Pond). They are different in sizes ranging between 1500 to 2000 sq. ft. approximately.

DLO Team at Zeilat Lake led by DC, Tamenglong

One of the Legends has it that there was a head count competition between the human population of Atengba village and that of the pythons at Zeilad lake. As per the legend, it was agreed that whichever population exceed should be considered victorious and the vanquished should meet extinction. As destined by Fate the human heads of Atengba village was surpassed by the heads of Python by single head. And as pre-decided, the population of Atengba village started dwindling to mere countable heads. Thus the erstwhile mighty village of Atengba was reduced to just a few families.


Yet, another legend of the lake goes thus. A Cachar king riding a while elephant went inside the Zeilad Lake saying he would return if he found no abode better than the earth. The king never returned. To retrieve the king and the while elephant, an order was passed to drain the water of the lake. Accordingly digging began at the end of the lake and as the king and the elephant started to be visible, night had fallen and the work stopped to be continued the next day. When morning came for the digging to resume, it was found that the partially dug channel was mysteriously blocked by a huge rock. So Zeilad lake continues to remain as the abode of Cachar king and his while elephant till today.

There are other legends that ripen paddy fields could be seen in the water of the lake during harvest seasons and that clothes being dried upon drying line could be visible in the water of the lake at certain times.

The above legends suggest that Zeilad lake is the sure abode of the gods.

Zeilad Lake


Mount Kisha

MOUNT KISHA: Mount Kisha is a mountain range with steep precipice running from east to west within the village land of Magulong village, and the precipice facing towards the south. The rocky mountain range is an undisputed picturesque to the onlookers even from distant places including Tamenglong HQ. It is a fine spot for mountaineering exercise and for this fact a good number of mountain tracking teams from Imphal valley frequent this mountain for rock climbing exercise especially during winter season. It is said that since the precipice in the mountain range is not easily accessible, the legendary Naga revolutionary leader, Rani Gaidinliu took refuge amidst the rock caves of this precipice when she was pursued by the Britishers. Since the mountain range is not frequented by human beings for reason of inaccessibility, it remains to be the home to innumerable rare species of flora and fauna including Horn Bill, Chimpanzee, wild garlic and a lot more.

There is a strange practice prevailing among the local people with regards to collection of wild herbs from the mountain. The wild herb intended to be collected from the mountain shall be tied by the intending collector to be collected afterwards. If the herb so tied has been found to have been removed and freed, that particular herb is not to be taken away. However, if the tie to the herb remains as it was, then the herb is considered permitted to be taken away.

This story is linked to suggest that Mount Kisha is the abode of the gods.


Chakung Tu at Taningjam

There is a cluster of giant rocks, numbering four standingwithin the village land of Taningjam village. For this fact, the area of land where the cluster of giant rock stands within Taningjam village is known as Rocky Hill. One of the rocks soars into the skies as high as 140 ft. As a result, it is impossible for one to climb over it.

A story goes that Mr. Jamliamang, a legendary hero of Taningjam village lived in the village about the year 1490 AD. It is said that Jamliamang was exceptionally strong and handsome too. He is said to have a unique and legendary physical feature. A story goes to elaborate his bodily physique that while Jamliamang lies over the ground, a hand could easily pass through between his waist and the ground over which he lies. It is to say that he had very broad shoulder and hip.

Chakung Tu

The story further goes that some Cacharis were living at Taningjam village during the time of Jamliamang. It happened that one day, some Cacharies were occupying the seats meant for Morung boys at the Morung around the Morung fire place. Shri Jamliamang took it to offence as they were taken as aggressors. There, Shri Jamliamang collected paddy pounding stuffs from the village households. These stuffs were some seven feet long and six inches in circumference. These stuffs are normally made of a very strong type of wood. After having gathered the stuffs, Jamliamang broke the stuffs with his hands in front of them, exhibiting his extra ordinary strength. Then broken stuffs were piled up in the Morung fire place to make a bond fire. The bond fire was generating immense heat and the Cacharies were forbidden to move out of their seats while he waited with a daw in his hand to butcher whoever would defy his order. So, except for a lone man, the rest were backed to death with the heat of the fire. The lone man who escaped the ordeal went to the Cachar king and reported the whole episode to the king. The furious king of Cachar then sent his men to capture Jamliamang and to be brought to him. The hero then took refuge by climbing on top of the rock, called Chakung Tu, where no one would be able to reach him. As no one else could climb over the rock to capture the hero, the men of the cachar king laid siege for days together at the base of the rock. The king’s men threw up food to the hero containing charm but he rejected the food by throwing them back. However, when the hero was hungry beyond help, he ate the Banana thrown to him adulterated with charm. Then and there, the hero, tamed to the meekest being, climbed down from the top of the rock voluntarily to be captured by the king’s men.

When Jamliamang was brought to Cachar, he was buried up to his waist and an elephant was droved in to trample him. When the elephant approached him, he pulled himself up from the ground and hit the elephant vigorously with his hand. The hitting was so vigorous that the elephant ran in fright. Then he was again buried deeper up to his chest level to be trampled by the elephant. There also he pulled himself up from the ground and hit the elephant again with an increased vigour, frightening the elephant away. In the third time, he was buried up to neck level. This time, the elephant trampled over the head of Jamliamang and killed him.


School Children readying to display Traditional dance on the occasion of Republic Day 2014. at Tousem HQ

(Tarangkai at Tousem Khunou)
The indigenous local design in architectural construction of ZLR tribes.
Zeme Women Dance Cultural Troupe on the occasion of 67th Republic Day at Tousem HQ. Shri. G. Shanti Kumar Kabui, MCS, SDO/BDO Tousem as the Chief Guest on the occasion of Republic Day 2014

Nothing is more important than the construction of motorable roads and connectivity. MGNREGA come as a greater relief for the people of this areas than for others to boost up this sector at Tousem areas.




IVR works at Chramram village under MGNREGS Ph-III 2013-14


Constn. Of S/Culvert on agri road along Chramram Village to Makru river under MGNREGS ph-III 2013-14

Village drainage work for pucca drain at phaitol vill. (left) new IVR from NH-37 to Barak at sibilong pt-II(right) new road cutting from NH-37 to Barak at Sibilong Pt.-I (down) under MGNREGS 2013-14, Tousem Sub-Division.

S/culvert constn. Under MC at Sibilong –II(left) and constn. Of IVR from Thiulon to Barak (right) under MGNREGS Ph-III 2013-14


Social Audit on MGNREGS and BRGF going on at Chingkhonglong (left) and Taijijang (right) village on 18th &19th July 2014, Tousem Sub-Division.Apart from vigilance and grievance redressal, this exercise has enhanced as an effective means of ensuring transparency, participation, consultation and accountability so also upkeep for quantitative and qualitative works under MGNREGA.




National Voters’ Day at Teguaram Village led by Shri Jame Pani ,SDC- Tousem


Boon of MGNREGS. Katangbeukam villagers have started reaping of parkia every year. Plantations done under MGNREGS


“Owner Pride Neighbour Envy “-Animal wealth is one of the important parts of village economy. Herd of mithuns at the heart of Inem village.This traditionally valued “Buishang” can be found only in few places in Tousem areas.


Jhuming is the main occupation of Tousem People but these has been largely causing depletion of forest wealth and eco-environmental imbalances.   Two old women gathered in their usual resting platform after morning meal at Old Magulong.Back of the village lies the majestic Mt. Kisha.   “Home sweet home”. One of the family kitchens at Katang village