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Today is the Jayanti of Lachit Borphukan, the great Ahom General who beat back the mighty Mughal Army at the Battle of Saraighat, put a check to Aurangzeb's plans of expanding the Mughal Empire to Assam. His Jayanti is celebrated as Lachit Divas today.
While a lot is known about the Marathas, and the valor of Shivaji, not much is really known about the Ahoms, and their spirited resistance to the Mughals. From 1615 when the Mughal Army attacked the Ahom Kingdom to the Battle of Itakhuli in 1682 that saw a decisive Ahom victory.
The animosity between the Ahoms and the Mughal empire went long back, one of the primary factors being their alliance with their rival Koch Behar kingdom. Another factor was the aggressive Mughal imperialism, that sought to expand it’s territory into the North East.
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