Assam to host ‘Rising Sun Water Fest’ as tribute to Assam’s historic triumph at Battle of Saraighat

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A four-day water sports festival, “Rising Sun Water Fest – Revisiting Saraighat,” will commence on November 17 at the picturesque Deepor Beel on the outskirts of Guwahati.

This event is being organized as a tribute to the valiant Ahom forces who, under the command of General Lachit Borphukan, secured a decisive victory over the Mughals in the Battle of Saraighat in 1671.

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The festival will feature a host of exciting water sports competitions, including sailing and rowing events. These competitions will not only provide a platform for talented athletes to demonstrate their skills but also serve as a reminder of the strategic importance of the Brahmaputra River and its role in Assam’s history.

“This festival will be a great opportunity to pay tribute to our brave Ahom warriors and showcase Assam’s tourism potential,” said Assam Sports Minister Nandita Garolosa. “We are expecting national-level clubs to participate in the sailing and rowing competitions.”

The Rising Sun Water Fest is being organized by the Assam government in collaboration with the Red Horns Division on behalf of the Army’s Eastern Command. It is the second edition of the festival, with the first being held in Umiam Lake, Meghalaya, last year.

In addition to the water sports competitions, the festival will also feature cultural performances, food stalls, and exhibitions on the Battle of Saraighat. There will also be a demonstration by the Air Force and the Special Forces of the Indian Army.

The Rising Sun Water Fest is not just a sporting event; it is a celebration of Assam’s valor, its cultural tapestry, and its natural beauty. It is an invitation to experience the state’s unique blend of tradition and modernity, while paying homage to the heroes of Saraighat.

The Rising Sun Water Fest is poised to be a grand spectacle, attracting not only sports enthusiasts but also those seeking a deeper understanding of Assam’s rich heritage. It is a great opportunity to learn about Assam’s history and culture, as well as enjoy the beautiful scenery of Deepor Beel.

The 1671 Battle of Saraighat, which took place along the Brahmaputra’s banks, successfully thwarted Mughal invasion. Despite being outnumbered, the Ahom army came out victorious through a combination of guerrilla tactics, psychological strategies, military intelligence and by exploiting Mughal weaknesses.

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