Ranachandi Mandir (Khaspur)
This Ranachandi temple is situated in Khaspur which was the royal capital of Dimasa Kachari kingdom in earlier days. Khaspur is 20 km away from Silchar town and known as Khaspur Rajbari because of the Historical ruins and monuments of Dimasa kachari kingdom which symbolize the glorious history of Dimasa people. The Ranachandi temple is one of the important and ancient temple of goddess Ranachandi built by the Dimasa king Ramchandra Narayan Hasnu in the year 1740. The temple is also known as “Damadi daikho” in Dimasa language which refers to the traditional female deity of Dimasa people, This ancient temple is still standing in a good position near the northern Singhadwar of the Capital. At present there is no image or idol of any god but in earlier days only a sword was worshipped as the goddess Ranachandi. It is said that this temple was built by the Dimasa king to provide protection from any possible attacks by any enemy kingdom. This temple is a symbol of power and strength and till today it is worshipped by everyone.
The full line to line translation of the above short interview on a Dimasa ancient temple of goddess Ranachandi, narrated by Romaranjan Barman Phonglo of Khaspur, Thaligram village.
Monali: Ebu mandir bedehe odehe bakhali shlamba buke gicha thiha ?
Monali: Tell us a little about whose temple this is and when it was built ?
Romaranjan: Ebu Ranachandi mandir, ebo manang ha raja jini Khaspur ha dongyaba Raja Ramchandra Narayan Hasnu bo shlamba thidu 1740 kristabdo ha odehe eraha ebu mashi shakti ni puja ni mandir eke Dimasa graojang la “Damadi daikho” thidu odehe Sanskrit jang la Ranachandi mandir thire odehe tihi doha shoshi bo eraha Mandir ha maithaishi ha phinshi puja jadu odehe duha eraha nalaibo saindya ha malai puja ridu ebu nobro ni rogong ni shbung buthu. Ebu mandir hamshining jagrikto mandirse ebu duha Ranachandi mandir thihi duha khrib bo mithidu.
Romaranjan: This is Ranachandi mandir and it was built by our King Ramchandra Naryan Hasnu in Khaspur in the year 1740, this temple is considered as the temple of Shakti and in Dimasa language it is known as “Damadi daikho”, “Ranachandi” in Sanskrit. Even today, puja is held in this temple once a year and people of this locality come and give puja in every evening. This temple is a very famous temple and even today everyone knows it by the name of Ranachandi temple.