Social Customs and Practices prevalent in the Koch Kingdom of Darrang (1616-1826): An Overview
Moonmoni Borkoch
The Koches are one of the aboriginal tribes in North-Eastern region of India. They assumed political power in the early part of the 16th century and lasted up to the early part of the 19th century. The kingdom was divided in 1581 into two states i.e., Koch Behar and Koch Hajo. Political instability between the two kingdoms led to the complete eradication of the kingdom of Koch Hajo and creation of a tributary state in Darrang. The kingdom was established in 1616 in the middle of the Brahmaputra Valley in Assam. The first king of this tributary state was Balinarayan alias Dharmanarayan. This kingdom existed with various fates till the beginning of the 19th century when the British annexed it in 1826 as with the other regions of Assam. The state or kingdom was bounded on the north by the Gohain Kamal Ali that is the high causeway at the foot of Bhutan Hills; on the West by the river Barnadi; by the Brahmaputra on the South and on the east was the territory of Chariduar. (Boruah, 2011, P.1) However, in the initial years its territorial limit varied mainly due to political situation of the times. The present work is confined to the study of social customs and its practices of the people under the Darrang Koch kings on the basis of secondary sources.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 2

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