Birth anniversary of Assam’s hero Lachit Borphukan

The three-day commemoration of Ahom General Lachit Barphukan’s 400th birthday has begun.

Lachit Borphukan

  • The pivotal Battle of Saraighat, which took place in 1671 on the roaring Brahmaputra, was fought there.
  • The army of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, led by Ram Singh of Amer (Jaipur), was on one side, and the Ahom General Lachit Borphukan was on the other.
  • He served as a commander in the Assamese kingdom of Ahom.
  • Throughout the initial stages of the conflict, Ram Singh was unable to make any progress against the Assamese force.
  • The Mughals were forced to flee from Guwahati when Lachit Borphukan won the war.

Lachit Divas

  • Every year on November 24, Assam celebrates Lachit Divas to honour the bravery of Lachit Borphukan.
  • In the Battle of Saraighat, which took place on this day in 1671 on the banks of the Brahmaputra, Borphukan defeated the Mughal army.
  • Since 1999, the Lachit gold medal, honouring his bravery, has been given annually to the National Defence Academy’s top graduating cadet.
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