Lachit Diwas

Lachit Borphukan is a cultural idol in the state of Assam, known for his heroism and contribution to the victory of the Assamese army at the Battle of Saraighat.

Key Points

  • In 1671, the Commander-in-Chief led the Ahom army and defeated a large Mughal Army on the banks of Brahmaputra in the Battle of Saraighat, to defend Guwahati.
  • Lachit Borphukan’s Maidam or tomb is in Jorhat, Assam. Here, the last remains of Borphukan have been laid. It was constructed by in the year 1672 by Swargadeo Udayaditya Singha. It is located 8 km way from the famous Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary.
  • Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad also presents Mahabir Lachit Award to notable personalities of Assam in the honour of Lachit Borphukan.
  • Since the year 1999, the best passing out cadet of the National Defence Academy is conferred with the Lachit Borphukan gold medal every year.

Battle of Saraighat

It was a naval battle that was fought between the Ahom Kingdom, led by Lachit Borphukan, and the Mughal Empire in the year 1671. The battle was won by Ahom Kingdom. The Kachwaha king, Raja Ramsingh I led the Mughals in the battle.

Lachit Divas

On 24 November every year, Lachit Divas (Lachit Day) is celebrated state-wide in Assam and in other parts of the country, to commemorate the victory and to pay tribute to Lachit Borphukan. PM Modi paid tributes to Lachit Borphukan on the 2020 Lachit Diwas.