Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba

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Chinglen Nongdrenkhomaba Gambhir Singh
King of Manipur
Portrait by RKCS
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Reign April 1821 to October 1821 and 12 June 1825 [1] to 9 January 1834
Coronation 6 June 1831[2]
Predecessor Badra Singh, father of Maharaja Nara Singh
Successor Chandra kriti
Born 5 March 1788
Langthabal Palace, Canchipur
Died (1834-01-09)9 January 1834 (aged 47)
Langthabal Palace, Canchipur
Consort Meetei Leima Maipung Lanthabi, Meetei Leima Maisnam Kumudini
Issue Chandra Kirti ( also known as Ningthem Pisak), Princess Shija Tamphasana, Prince Ibungshija Raj Singh
House Ningthouja Dynasty Royal family of Manipur
Father Chingthang Khomba
Mother Queen Khumong Mayum Chanu
Religion Hindu
Kingdom of Manipur
Part of History of Manipur
Kings of Manipur
Pamheiba 1720–1751
Gaurisiam 1752–1754
Chitsai 1754–1756
Ching-Thang Khomba 1769–1798
Rohinchandra 1798–1801
Maduchandra Singh 1801–1806
Chourjit Singh 1806–1812
Marjit Singh 1812–1819
Gambhir Singh 1825–1834
Raja Nara Singh 1844–1850
Debindro Singh 1850
Chandrakirti Singh 1850–1886
Raja Surchandra 1886–1890
Kulachandra Singh 1890–1891
Churachandra Singh 1891–1941
Bodhchandra Singh 1941–1949
Manipur monarchy data
Ningthouja dynasty (Royal family)
Pakhangba (Symbol of the kingdom)
Cheitharol Kumbaba (Royal chronicle)
Imphal (Capital of the kingdom)
Kangla Palace (Royal residence)

Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba (1788–1834), also known as Raja Gambhir Singh, was a ruler of the Manipur Kingdom.


He was a son of Chingthang Khomba. He succeeded his nephew Yumjaotaba in April 1821 during the seven years devastation. He abdicated the throne with the arrival of a Burmese force under his cousin Prince Jai Singh, the first puppet king of Manipur under Burmese suzerainty,[3] in October 1821. Gambhir Singh fled to Cachar.

In Cachar, Gambhir Singh with the help of his elder brothers Chourjit and Marjit dethroned Govinda Chandra, the king of Cachar. Govinda Chandra applied for the protection of the British East India Company. His request was refused. In consequence of which he applied to the King of Burma to reinstate him. Accordingly, in 1823 the king of Burma send a large army into Cachar from to arrest Chourjit, Marjit and Gambhir Singh. The Burmese forces proceeded up to the territory of British East India Company. In March 1824, Lord Amherst, the then Governor General of British India declared war against Burma. In 1823, the British Government opened communications with Gambhir Singh; upon which 500 Meiteis under his command were taken into pay of the British Government, and co-operated with the British troops in driving out the Burmese out of Cachar.[4] This force of 500 men was known as Gambhir Singh Levy (later Manipur Levy). The Manipur Levy under Gambhir Singh and his second cousin Nara Singh, later Maharaja Nara Singh, played a key role in driving out the Burmese from cachar and Manipur. The First Anglo-Burmese War was ended with the defeat of the Burmese. A peace treaty was signed between the Burmese and the British on 24 February 1826 known as the Treaty of Yandaboo.[5] According to the article no.2 of the Treaty Gambhir Singh was declared the independent ruler of Manipur. Gambhir Singh reigned until his death on 9 January 1834. He was succeeded by his infant son Chandra Kriti with Maharaja Nara Singh as regent.[6]

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  1. ^ Rajkumar, Somorjit Sana (2010). The Chronology of Meetei Monarchs ( From 1666 CE to 1850 CE). Imphal: Waikhom Ananda Meetei. p. 272. ISBN 978-81-8465-210-9. 
  2. ^ Raj Kumar, Somorjit Sana (2010). The Chronology of Meetei Monarchs ( From 1666 CE to 1850 CE). Imphal: Waikhom Ananda Meetei. p. 286. ISBN 978-81-8465-210-9. 
  3. ^ Kabui, Gangmumei (1991). History of Manipur, vol.I. New Delhi: National Publishing House. p. 291. ISBN 81-214-0362-6. 
  4. ^ Mackenzie, A (1884). History of Relations of Government with the Hill tribes of North east Frontier of British India. Calcutta. 
  5. ^ Aichison, C.U (1931). Treaties, Sanads, Engagements, etc. Reprint Delhi (1979): Craus Thomson Organisation. 
  6. ^ R.K., Jhalajit (1992). A Short History of Manipur. Imphal. pp. 259–260. 

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Preceded by
Pitambara Singh
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Succeeded by
Nara Singh