Charaideo Maidams

Charaideo Maidams

#GS-01 Indian Heritage

For Prelims

Ahom Kingdom

  • The Ahom kingdom was founded by a Tai prince from present-day Yunnan Province, China named Sukaphaa.
  • It expanded drastically under the king Suhungmung during the 16th century.
  • The Ahom kings ruled large parts of what is now known as Assam for nearly 600 years, starting from the early 13th century until the British annexed Assam in 1826.
  • The Ahoms were engaged in a series of conflicts with the Mughals from 1615-1682, starting from the reign of Jahangir till the reign of Aurangzeb.
  • Raja Ram Singh I of Jaipur was dispatched by Aurangzeb in 1669 to Ahom which eventually resulted in the Battle of Saraighat in 1671.

Charaideo Maidams

  • Charaideo was the original capital of the Ahom Kings built by Chaolung Sukhapa the founder of the dynasty in about 1229 CE.
  • Though the capital of the Ahom kingdom moved many times, Charaideo maintained its status as the symbolic center.
  • It is famous for its collection of maidams, tumuli or burial mounds of the Ahom kings and royalty.
  • It not only contains the sacred burial grounds of Ahom kings and queens but is also the place of ancestral Gods of the Ahoms.
  • 42 tombs (Maidams) of Ahom kings and queens at Charaideo hillocks have been compared to the Pyramids of Egypt.

Source “Ahom burial sites to vie for UNESCO tag

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