is said that when Krishna, Radha and the gopis danced the Ras Leela, Shiva
made sure that no one disturbed the beauty of the dancing. Parvati, the
consort of Lord Shiva also wished to see this dance, so to please her he
chose the beautiful area of Manipur and re-enacted the Ras Leela. Hundreds
of centuries later, in the 11th century, during the reign of Raja Loyamba,
prince Khamba of the Khomal dynasty and Princess Thaibi of the Mairang
dynasty re-enacted the dance and it became known as Lai-Haraoba, the most
ancient dance of Manipur.