‘Statue of Valour’ was unveiled by the Prime Minister at the Lachit Barphukan Maidam.

About the Statue of Valour

  • The statue is a 125-foot bronze statue of Ahom general Lachit Borphukan at his maidam (burial site) in eastern Assam’s Jorhat district. 
  • The foundation of the statue was laid by former President Ram Nath Kovind in February 2022.
  • It was built by Veteran sculptor Ram Vanji Sutar (Padma Bhushan awardee). He had earlier crafted the Statue of Unity in Gujarat. 
  • The Statue is a part of the Lachit Barphukan Maidam Development Project that also includes a museum, a 500-seating capacity auditorium and a hostel. 

About Lachit Borphukan

  • Lachit Borphukan was a legendary army commander of the Ahom kingdom (1228-1826), best known for his leadership in the ‘Battle of Saraighat’ of 1671. 
  • He defeated the Mughal forces, led by Raja Ramsingh-I, in this battle, and thwarted a drawn-out attempt by them to take back Assam. 
  • He was buried at the ‘maidam’ — burial grounds for Ahom royals and nobles — at Hollongapar, after passing away a year after the battle at the age of 49 due to illness. 

Battle of Saraighat

  • It was a naval battle fought in 1671 between the Mughal Empire and the Ahom Kingdom.
  • It was fought on the Brahmaputra River, which flows through their entire territory, divides the kingdom almost into two halves, and then enters present-day Bangladesh.
  • At that time, Aurangzeb was the ruler of the Mughal Empire and the Mughal army headed by Raja Ram Singh-I (son of Mirza Raja Jai Singh) fought with the Ahom Kingdom led by Lachit Borphukan in Saraighat, Guwahati.
  • The battle played a significant role in determining the history of the Brahmaputra valley and the north-east region.

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