Lum Sohpetbneng

Lum Sohpetbneng, Nongpoh Overview

Lum Sohpetbneng is a mythological significant place located around 40 km from the district headquarters Nongpoh, on the outskirts of Shillong in the State of Meghalaya. Popularly known as Navel of Heaven, it is a pilgrimage site for the local Khasi population. At a staggering height of 1343 metres, the Lum Sohpetbneng is enveloped in verdant greenery and surrounded by majestic peaks creating a viewpoint for the visiting tourists. It serves as a perfect place for nature photography.

The umbilical peak of Sohpetbneng symbolizes the deep-rooted spiritual belief of the Hynniewtrep: the Seven huts people predominating the West Khasi Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi and Jaintia Hills districts of East Meghalaya. It is believed that it was on this spot that a golden ladder connected Heaven and Earth, creating a direct connection between men and God. The connection was, however, later severed according to a divine decree. Every year in February, the local Khasi people gather at Lum Sohpetbneng to conduct their rites and rituals.

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