Statue of Valour

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The Newly inaugurated Statue Of Valour depicts Lachit Borphukan, the iconic Ahom general revered for leading the Battle of Saraighat in 1671.

About the Statue of Valour

  • It is a 125-foot bronze statue of Ahom general Lachit Borphukan at his burial site in eastern Assam’s Jorhat district.
  • It was unveiled at the Lachit Borphukan Maidam Development Project at Hollongapar, Assam.
  • Veteran sculptor Ram Vanji Sutar, a Padma Bhushan awardee, built the statue. 
    • He had earlier crafted the Statue of Unity in Gujarat.

Who was Lachit Borphukan?

  • Lachit Borphukan was a legendary army commander of the Ahom kingdom (1228-1826).
  • He is known for his leadership in the ‘Battle of Saraighat’ (1671). 
  • He defeated the Mughal forces, led by Raja Ramsingh-I, in this battle.
    • Unlike the Mughals who preferred battles in the open with their massive armies, Borphukan preferred guerrilla tactics which provided an edge to his smaller, but fast moving and capable forces.
  • He passed away a year after the battle at the age of 49 due to illness.
  • He was buried at the ‘maidam’ (burial grounds for Ahom royals and nobles) at Hollongapar.

Ahom dynasty:

  • The Ahom dynasty was a prominent dynasty that ruled Assam for about 600 years, from the 13th century until the 19th century. 
  • The Ahom dynasty was founded by Sukaphaa, a Shan prince of Mong Mao, who established his kingdom in the Brahmaputra Valley.
  • The Ahom dynasty played a significant role in shaping the history and culture of Assam. 
    • They successfully resisted numerous invasions by the Mughals, who attempted to conquer the region multiple times. 
    • The Ahom rulers were known for their administrative efficiency, military prowess, and cultural patronage.
  • The Ahoms believed in God, followed burial practices similar to the Hindus and adopted the Assamese language. They would build large graves known as moidams
  • In 1826, after the First Anglo-Burmese War, Assam came under British rule, marking the end of the Ahom dynasty's sovereignty. 

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