Who was Lasit Borphukan who licked the dust of Mughal plans? Know the full story of Battle of Saraighat – Who was Assamese Fighter Lachit Borphukan History of Battle of Saraighat

Lachit Borphukan: The name of Lasit Borphukan is very important in the history of Assam. Borphukan, the commander of the Ahom kingdom, fought against the Mughals with indomitable courage and also won. He is remembered for his bravery and efficient leadership ability. After the capture of Guwahati by the Mughals, he fought a war with Aurangzeb’s army and drove them out. Because of this, he is called Shivaji of the North East. On Thursday, 24 November, Prime Minister Modi paid tribute to him on his 400th birth anniversary.

Became the commander of the Ahom kingdom
Lasit was born on November 24, 1622 in Pragjyotishpur, Assam. His father’s name was Momai Tamuli Borbarua. He had complete knowledge of martial arts, weapons and warfare. Ahom King Chakradhwaj Singh made him the commander of his empire and gave him many titles like Soladhar Borua, Ghoda Borua and Commander of Simulgarh Fort.

blew his uncle’s head for the country
For the security of the kingdom, Borphukan decided to build a wall on the borders. He gave the responsibility of building the wall to his maternal uncle. There was news that the Mughal army was about to reach the Ahom border by the next day. In such a situation, it was necessary to prepare the wall before morning. When Borphukan went to visit the construction work, he found that the work was not even half done. Apart from this, his maternal uncle and the soldiers themselves had also accepted that the wall would not be built in time. Borphukan was very angry with this attitude and beheaded his maternal uncle. After this, he filled his soldiers with such enthusiasm that the wall was completed before morning.

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Battle of Saraighat
In the early 17th century, there were many skirmishes between the Mughals and the Ahoms of Assam, who wanted to expand their empire. The kingdom of the Ahoms extended up to the Brahmaputra valley in Assam and they ruled for about 600 years. Borphukan was the commander of the Ahom army during the Battle of Saraighat fought on the banks of the Brahmaputra in Guwahati in 1671. In this battle, Borphukan, on the basis of his indomitable spirit, drove the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s commander Ram Singh out of Assam along with his army.

Borphukan adopted a wonderful strategy against the Mughal attack. They knew that the navy of the Mughals was weak. He secured the boundaries of his kingdom and forced Ram Singh to come through the Brahmaputra river. The Mughal army made a dent in the Ahom fortification at Saraighat and tried to enter inside. Here Borphukan along with his Ahom army attacked them and gave them a befitting reply.

Before this fight, Borphukan had become very ill. But for the sake of his duty, he fought against the enemy even in illness. His spirit filled the Ahom army with such enthusiasm that he chased the Mughals back till the Manas river. Ahoms won the war and Borphukan was able to save his border.

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