Rih Dil

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Rih Dil
Rih dil.jpg
Location Chin State, Myanmar
Coordinates 23°20′24″N 93°23′06″E / 23.340°N 93.385°E / 23.340; 93.385Coordinates: 23°20′24″N 93°23′06″E / 23.340°N 93.385°E / 23.340; 93.385
Type Natural
Basin countries Myanmar
Max. length 1 mi (1.6 km)
Max. width 0.5 mi (0.80 km)

Rih Dil (lit. Rih lake) a natural lake located in northwestern Chin State in (Burma). It lies at about 3 kilometers from Zokhawthar village at an Indo-Burma border. The lake is about one mile in length and half a mile in width. It is about 3 miles in its circumference and the depth is about 60 feet. It has a heart-shaped outline.[1]

The name is derived from a Mizo folktale of Rih-i. Rih-i had a younger sister who was murdered by her father upon the order of their stepmother. Rih-i's sister was resurrected with the help of a spirit. With the same magical spell Rih-i turned herself into a water body that became the lake.[2]

Rih Dil occupied an important status in the traditional religion of the Mizo people. According to the ancestors of the tribals, it was a corridor to their heaven called Pialral. All souls destined to Pialral must pass through the lake.[3] Due to its cultural importance it is often said 'the largest lake in Mizoram is Rid Dil, but is in Burma.'[4][5]

History[edit]

According to legend, there were two sisters who had a cruel stepmother, who persuaded her husband to rid of them. The father killed the younger sister was in a forest. The older sister Rih-i found her decapitated sister and was inconsolable. A good spirit known as Lasi found revealed to her a particular magical tree haing a single leaf with which Rih-i revived her sister back to life. To quench the thirst of her younger sister, Rih-i turned herself into a small pool of water using the same spell. Later, Rih-i was compelled to change herself into a white mithun, and wandered around in search of a safe place. Her urine formed rih note or small lakes wherever she went. It is believed that such lakes can still be found in the Vawmlu Range, Zur forest near the village Natchhawng, a place above Bochung village; the area of Khawthlir village, all of which are in Myanmar. She wandered to Sanzawl village, followed the river Run. But the demon spirit of the river threatened to suck her dry. She migrated westward into Mizoram but found even the valley of Champhai unsuitable. A little further southeast she found the present location, and the lake became Rih Dil.[6][2]

Transportation[edit]

Rih Dil is difficult to access due to its remote location. In Burma, travelers may use a bus service from Yangon to Monywa in Sagaing Division, but from there they get transferred to a 33-seat mini-bus, which is more agrreable with the tricky roads of Chin State.[7] Visitors from India can enter from the Indo-Myanmar border gate through Champhai, from where it is 22 km.[8] They pay gate-pass fees of Rs. 10 for a person and go directly to the Rih Lake by public buses.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rih". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Khawlhring, Lalhnam Rinzova (11 August 2011). "Pi Pute Lunglai Luahtu- Rihdil" [Ideology of the ancestors - Rihdil]. misual.com (in Mizo). Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Vanlallawma, C. (2009). "Mizos and the After-life". Indian Folklife 34: 6–7. 
  4. ^ "Rih Dil". Department of Tourism, State Government of Mizoram. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Shailendra (15 April 2010). "Rih Dil -Thlafam leng kaina…" [Rih Dil - where spirits roam...]. misual.com (in Mizo). Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical". mizoturism.nic.in. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Bawi, Nuam (2011). "Transportation". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Plcases of interest". Chaphai District. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Visitors from India". 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2012.