Trivia / Nagaland

The facade on the Cathedral of Kohima resembles that of a Naga ________ .

  1. House
  2. Mask
  3. Weapon

House

The Cathedral of Kohima is the church of the bishop of the diocese of Kohima. It is the main church of this diocese in Nagaland. The facade of the church resembles that of a Naga house. The church also incorporates other elements of the Naga Tradition. The construction of the cathedral was mostly funded by the Japanese people who wished to construct a monument to honour the lost lives of the Japanese soldiers who died at the Battle of Kohima.

The Battle of the Tennis Court was part of the Battle of Kohima during the Burma Campaign of the Second World War. The Japanese forces advanced into India and were halted at Kohima in April 1944. It is believed that the fiercest hand-to-hand combat took place in the garden of the Deputy Commissioner's bungalow, around the Tennis Court. Hence this battle came to be known as The Battle of the Tennis Court.

The Kohima War Cemetery, on the other hand, is a memorial dedicated to the British soldiers who had died in this battle. According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, there are 1,420 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War at this cemetery.