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In India on 24 November Lachit Divas was celebrated by several northeast states. Lachit Divas was celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Lachit Borphuran.

Lachit Divas

Lachit Divas is mainly celebrated in Assam to commemorate the heroism of Lachit Borphukan. In 2017, the first country wide celebration of Lachit Divas was held.

About Lachit Borphukan

Lachit Borphukan was a commander in Ahom kingdom, making the most located in the present day Assam. Borphukan was known for his leadership in the 1671 Battle of Saraighat (Guwahati). Borphukan is known for his heroic role in the battle to drive away the Mughal forces under the command of Ram Singh to take over the kingdom.

About Battle of Saraighat

The Battle of Saraighat was fought between the Mughal forces let by Ram Singh and the Ahom  forces led by Lachit Borphukan on the banks of the Brahmaputra river at Saraighat, now in Guwahati, Assam. Though the Ahom army was weaker than that of the Mughals, they defeated the Mughal by their brilliant use of the terrain, psychological warfare, Guerrilla warfare and military intelligence. This battle was the last of the attempts by the Mughals to conquer Assam.

Mir Jumla was the king of Ahom when the battle was fought. However, it was due to Lachit Borphukan, Ahom won the war. During Mughal invasion, the Ahom Army lost their hope of winning the battle. It was Lachit’s call to the soldiers that made them fight till their last breath.

Lachit Borphukan Gold Medal

The awarded by the National Defence Academy (NDA) for the best passing out cadet. This is being awarded every year since 1999.

Mahabir Lachit Award

The awarded by the Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad to the notable personalities of Assam. The cash amount of Rupees 50,000 and a traditional sword is presented under the award.

Ram Singh

He was the elder son of Mirza Raja Jai Singh, the ruler of Amber. Ram Singh was commissioned to invade the Ahom kingdom by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1667. 24 November Lachit Divas