Gor Ail Hillock - Hawarma Village

The Gor Ail hillock is a historical significance to the Dimasa Kachari history, as it bears its name, Gor Ail (in Sylheti Bengali ‘Came home’), after the retreat of Dimasa soldiers in the hillock after a battle with Burmese soldiers in the 18th century.

During King Krishna Chandra Hasnu’s reign in the 1700s until the Doctrine of Lapse in the 1800s, there were a series of battles with the Burmese who tried to invade the Dimasa kingdom. During such plight, after the battle was over and when the Burmese went back and the Dimasa returned to this hillock, it was called Gor Ail ‘came home’ (in Sylheti Bengali) by the Bengali subjects of the Dimasa king. The area of settlement inside the hillock is thus called “Gorer Bhitor” (house inside) in Sylheti. 


Cultural Narrative: 

The Gor Ail hillock used to be 3.5 kilometres, according to the Hawarma residents. However, due to encroachment and later settlements, what remains now is only a few metres of the hillock with a fenced Kali temple on top which is prayed to by both the Dimasas and the Bengali Hindus in Hawarma and Gorer Bhitor. Presently, only the Bengali Hindus and Muslims reside in Gorer Bhitor, while the Dimasas have moved further west to the nearby Hawarma village. Hawarma is one of the oldest Dimasa villages in Cachar, and it was used as one of the settlements by King Tamradhvaj while shifting from Maibang to Khaspur kingdom in Cachar in the 1600s.


Location Description: 

Village: Hawarma, Cachar, Assam

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