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Guwahati: Cry to restore Saraighat War Landmark on Ahom Warrior’s 400th birth anniversary | Guwahati News

AMINGAON: The 17th century rampart, Momai-kota garh, built by the Ahoms along the banks of the Brahmaputra to prevent the entry of the Mughals to Guwahati, is in a shambles.
Lack of preservation and continued human settlements have almost wiped out the existence of the most important landmark of the Battle of Saraighat. Ramparts were built by the Ahoms to help keep watch on the movements of enemies.
The narrow streets of Amingaon in north Guwahati, leading to the remnants of the Momai-kota garh, where human settlements with concrete buildings have come up in the last several decades, narrate the apathy shown to the historic structure by successive governments.
Local activists want to see the rampart restored to its earlier glory at a time when the state is celebrating the 400th birth anniversary of the great Ahom general, Lachit Barphukan. In the 1671 battle of Saraighat, the Mughal army was for- ced to retreat before they could capture the Ahom kingdom and enter Guwahati.
The Ahoms were led by the mighty general Lachit Barphukan. Several books of history, including ‘Ahomar Din’ by Hiteswar Borboruah, mentions that Lachit killed his maternal uncle with his sword for neglecting the construction of the rampart. The place gets its name from this incident, Momai-kota garh, which literally means ‘where the maternal uncle was cut into pieces’.
“We have not lost hope yet. For a tourist, it’s almost impossible to spot the Momai-kota garh. It existed in north Guwahati and a proper study can lead to the identification of the stretch. Though concrete buildings have come up on the rampart, parts of this marvelous structure are visible at some points,” Madhusudan Medhi, secretary of the Saraighat Alaboi Smriti Raksha Samiti, told TOI.
The state has asked the district authorities to light up the historic structure during the celebration period. But panchayat officials are in a dilemma as to where they should light the diyas. Soma Dey, a local resident and a member of the No. 80 Lachit Garh village panchayat here, said the existence of the kilometre-long rampart should be highlighted.
“Lachit is our hero and Momai-kota garh is our heritage. It must be protected. We are illuminating the houses which have been built on the rampart for the occasion but we want to see the rampart restored,” she said.
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma recently admitted that the settlements are a stumbling block to the government’s plans to preserve the Momai-kota garh. He said a peaceful solution could be to compensate the settlers by offering them alternate housing facilities.

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