Lachit Divas in Assam [24th November]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 1, 2023, 13:02

Assam celebrates Lachit Divas (which is also called Lachit Day) on 24th November to celebrate the birthday of legendary Ahom Army General Lachit Borphukan. He is well-known across the country for displaying his military intelligence at the Battle of Straight.

Lachit Divas - Lachit Borphukan

The Lachit divas date is celebrated primarily in Assam to commemorate the heroism and bravery of Lachit Borphukan. The 'Lachit Borphukan Gold Medal' has been awarded to the highest cadets of the Defense Academy each year since 1999.

The Mahabir Lachit Award is presented to celebrities and honourable personalities by the Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad of Assam. This award is bestowed with a prize of 50,000 rupees and a sword.

About the Battle of Saraighat

The Battle of Saraighat was fought in 1671 on the banks of the river Brahmaputra between the Ram Singh-led Mughal army and the Lachit Borphukan-led Ahom army. Chao Lachit was an army Borphukan (army general) of the Ahom army.

Ram Singh, the eldest son of Mirza Raja Jai Singh, the ruler of Amber, was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb to invade the Kingdom of Ahom.

Although the Mughal army was larger and more powerful than the Ahom army, Lachit saved Saraighat from the Mughal invasion of Guwahati by taking advantage of terrain, leadership skills, and guerrilla warfare. He died of natural causes in Jorhat in April 1672.

The Theme of Lachit Divas Celebration 2021

This day is massively and proudly celebrated by the whole nation. Lachit Borphukan is considered Assam's cultural idol after defeating a large army of the Mughal Empire to protect Guwahati in the Saraighat Battle on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in 1671.

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On the occasion of Lachit Day, the Chief Minister of Assam pays tribute to the great Ahom General Lachit Borphkan commemorating the achievements of Bir Lachit Borphukan, a powerful leader and courageous paragon, who has been the pride and maintained the sovereignty of his homeland. He will continue to inspire generations.

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FAQs on Lachit Divas

Q.1 How is Lachit Divas Celebration conducted in India?

Every 24th November, Assam celebrates Lachit Divas to commemorate the victory of Assam's army in the battle between the Hero of Lachit Borphukan and the Mughal Army in Saraighat.

Q.2 What is the relevance of Lachit Divas?

Lachit Divas celebrates the birthday of Lachit Borphukan, who was born on 24th November 1622. He was the commander and leader of the Ahom Kingdom in the Battle of Saraigat, a naval battle between the powerful Mughal Empire and the Kingdom of Ahom in 1671. The Ahom army defeated Ram Singh's attempt to expand the Mughal empire to Assam.

Q.3 How will Lachit Divas 2022 be celebrated in India?

Lachit Divas is declared a gazetted holiday in Assam on 24th November each year to commemorate the brave Ahom Army General Lachit Borphukan. Various events and competitions are held in memory of the legendary warrior.

Q.4 When was the first Lachit Divas National Celebration held in India?

The first national celebration of Lachit Divas took place in 2017.