Each year, Assam celebrates ‘Lachit Divas’ to remember the valour of Borphukan, who defeated the mighty Mughal army in the Battle of Saraighat and set a rare example of patriotism.
Borphukan was born on November 24, 1622, he was a military commander (also known as Borbarua) in the famous Ahom Kingdom in Assam.
During the final battle over Brahmaputra, Mughal navy was their weakest link which Ahom’s used to their advantage.
Lachit’s patriotism was exhibited in the battle of battle of Saraighat where he even went to the extent of beheading his own uncle for the sake of his own country.
The Mughal Commander-in-Chief, acknowledging his defeat, wrote, “Glory to the king! Glory to the counselors! Glory to the commanders! Glory to the country! One single individual leads all the forces! Even I, Ram Singh, being personally on the spot, have not been able to find any loophole and an opportunity!”
At the Lachit Maidam, Lachit Borphukan’s last remains lie in the rest.