Lachit Borphukan was an Ahom general who led the forces of the Ahom kingdom based in present-day Assam, India, against the Mughals. He was born on November 24, 1622 and died on April 25, 1672. Lachit Borphukan served as a military commander of Assam during its war with Mughal Empire during the seventeenth century. The Ahoms were defeated by the Mughals but continued fighting till their last breath.
Lachit Borphukan was an Ahom general who led the forces of the Ahom kingdom based in present-day Assam, India, against the Mughals. He was also a poet and a writer.
The Borphukan was instrumental in the defeat of Mughal forces in the Battle of Saraighat, which marked the last major attempt by the Mughals to expand into Assam and Tibet. He was awarded a princely state (the "chat" or "srihatta") as a reward for his services to the Ahom king.
Important Events in his life
Lachit Borphukan was born in Charaideo or Che-Rai-Doi is a town in Charaideo district, Assam. His father's name was Momai Tamuli Borbarua, and his mother was Momai Tamuli. He lived with his family in Moradabad until he was old enough to go out on his own.
When he was seventeen years old, Borphukan left home and went to live in the city of Lucknow. He became a soldier and fought many battles against the army of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
Career of Lachit Borphukan
In 1667, the Mughals attacked the Ahoms under Ram Singh I in retaliation for an incursion of their borders. Ram Singh was a leader during this time, and he successfully defended against the Mughal army. The Ahoms were able to repel them with help from another Prince of Orissa named Hemu, who led them in the battle against the Mughals.
In 1671, Swargadeo Udayaditya Singha came to the throne and nominated Lachit Barphukan as the Commander-in-chief. He was a great general and had many victories over his enemies in battles.
He defeated King Bhupen Dev (also known as Chhatrasal) in the Jajpur district of Odisha state by defeating him with a large army of 18000 soldiers under his command.
Loss of a great hero
On 25th April 1672, Lachit Borphukan died in the Battle of Saraighat. He was the commander-in-chief of the Ahom army and was killed by Bijon Kao, a local ruler at that time. His death was a great loss to the Ahom kingdom as he was a brave man who fought against all odds to protect his kingdom from invading Burmese forces.
In addition to this, it is worth mentioning that after his death, no one could replace him as he had already been chosen for this important job because he had proved himself earlier during wars against Burmese invasions as well as protecting other kingdoms from them by force whenever necessary.
Tribute to Lachit Borphukan
On 24th November, the birthday of Lachit Borphukan is celebrated as 'Lachit Divas.' His cremation took place at Kalia Morang in Bhutan. The date is commemorated as a national holiday in Bhutan and by various groups worldwide.
In memory of his sacrifice and courage towards achieving freedom for all citizens, we should never forget these great men who fought against oppression during those times when they were living under British rule in India or even before that period when they lived under the Mughal rule.
He was not only a military leader but also an astute politician with an eye for strategy and tactics. His leadership skills brought him success in many battles, and he never failed to bring home victory from the battlefields where he fought alongside his soldiers and officers.
I believe that Lachit was a great man committed to his country. He led an army of 1500 men in an attempt to make Assam an independent state. I also think he was courageous because he decided not to fight on behalf of the Ahom king, who was too young and inexperienced at the time, so as not to risk losing lives unnecessarily