Guwahati: The Guinness World Records on Thursday recognized a compilation of 42.9 lakh essays on Ahom commander Lachit Borphukan as the largest online photo album of handwritten notes.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Swapnil Dangarikar handed over the official letter of recognition to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at the Janata Bhawan in Guwahati.
Entries for the Guinness World Records Hall of Fame were being uploaded in a portal in between October and November 2022.
The process began during the conclusion of the 400th birth anniversary celebrations of the great Ahom general in the national capital.
The celebrations were attended by several dignitaries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The entries were made in more than 25 languages. However, only the handwritten ones were considered for the feat.
On achieving the feat, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, “Assam once again enters Guinness World Records Hall of Fame. This is special as 42.9 lakh handwritten notes on Lachit Borphukan are recognized as the world’s largest online photo album in the world. I salute our youngsters for having shown their affection for their legendary general.”
Thanking the Guinness World Records authority, Sarma wrote, “I thank Guinness World Records adjudicator Swapnil Dangarikar for handing over the certificate of records.”
“I also thank the hardworking students and others in India and abroad for writing tributes on the brave Ahom general, the Chief Minister added.”
Lachit Borphukan was an Ahom commander who is known for his leadership in the battle of Saraighat that thwarted an invasion by the Mughal forces under the command of Ramsingh I.
The battle of Saraighat was fought in 1671 on the banks of the Brahmaputra river at Saraighat, now in Assam’s Guwahati.
Although weaker, the Ahom army defeated the Mughals by guerrilla tactics, psychological warfare, military intelligence and by exploiting the sole weakness of the Mughal forces.