5 Points On The Legendary Ahom General

Lachit Barphukon was a 17th-century commander of the Ahom forces.

Lachit Barphukan was a commander in the erstwhile Ahom kingdom and is known for his leadership in the 1671 battle of Saraighat that thwarted an attempt by Mughals to capture Assam.

Here are five points about Assam’s war hero:

  1. The most towering personality in Assam history, Lachit Barphukan, was born on November 24, 1622.

  2. General of the Royal Army of the Ahom Kingdom of Assam who defeated the Mughals and successfully halted the ever expanding ambitions of the Mughals under Aurangzeb.

  3. In 1671, Lachit Barphukan inspired the Assamese soldiers in the Battle of Saraighat, which resulted in a crushing and humiliating defeat for the Mughals.

  4. According to the NCERT, the Battle of Saraighat was fought on the Brahmaputra River between the Mughal Empire (led by Kachwaha king Raja Ram Singh I) and the Ahom kingdom (led by Lachit Barphukan) at Saraighat, now in Guwahati.

  5. The heroic fight of Lachit Barphukan and his army remains one of the most inspiring military feats of resistance in the history of our country.

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