Mokokchung, 21 August (MTNews): The Mopungchuket Community Tourism Society (MCTS) in Mokokchung, Nagaland, has extended invitation to scholars and experts to engage in formal research on four interesting subjects within the village. Through this invite, the MCTS aims to facilitate the exploration of the Ongjinaro plant, an unexplored cave, remnants of Ahom swords, and wild edible mushrooms.

The Ongjinaro plant (Sarcandra glabra), native to the village, is a well-known ornamental species, particularly cherished during the Christmas season. Despite its popularity, little is known about its potential uses within the community. As such, the MCTS has invited interested individuals to delve into research, specifically focusing on the aromatic and medicinal values of the Ongjinaro plant.

Ongjinaro (Sarcandra glabra)

Informing that there is an uncharted and unnamed natural cave near the village, the MCTS has invited speleologists, geologists, and experienced cavers to explore this cave and document its unique features and characteristics.

The uncharted cave

According to MCTS, another historical aspect awaiting scholarly attention is the remnants of Ahom swords, believed to have been left behind during the “abortive invasion” of the village by the Ahom army circa 1836, during the reign of the last Ahom king Purandar Singha. Archaeologists and qualified experts are invited to study these remnants, currently housed at the village museum.

Ahom swords Mopungchuket
Remnants of Ahom swords

The rich biodiversity of Mopungchuket extends to its wild, naturally grown, edible mushrooms—approximately 40 varieties known to the villagers. These mushrooms, foraged and harvested during the monsoons, present an opportunity for researchers interested in mycology.

wild edible mushrooms Mopungchuket
Wild edible mushrooms

Interested persons can contact the MCTS for more information by calling +91 88373 23230 or emailing

This initiative aims not only to uncover and showcase the unique cultural and natural treasures within Mopungchuket but also to foster collaboration between the community and research enthusiasts, contributing to the development of Mopungchuket tourism.

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