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WHAT IS LACHIT DIWAS?

WHAT IS LACHIT DIWAS?

Context

Lachit Diwas is observed on 24th November every year to mark the birth anniversary of an outstanding leader and strategist Lachit Borphukan who played a pivotal role in protecting the unique culture of Assam.

About Lachit Borphukan:

  • He was the son of Momai Tamuli Borbarua, the first Borbarua of upper-Assam.
  • He was a commander and Borphukan in the Ahom kingdom (under Prataap Singha), located in present-day Assam.
  • He is celebrated for his leadership in the 1671 Battle of Saraighat.
  • This battle was fought with Mughal forces under the command of Ramsingh I to take over Ahom kingdom.

Battle of Saraighat:

  • After being defeated by Lachit and his forces, the Mughals army went towards Assam advancing to Guwahati.
  • The Mughal Army was under Ram Singh I.
  • The Mughal army reached Ahom camp and was attacked by the river in Saraighat during the last stage of the battle.
  • Lachit Borphukan was victorious and the Mughals were forced to retreat from Guwahati.

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