Tinsukia Knowledge Guide


Tinsukia is the site of Bengmara, which was originally known as Changmai Pathar. It was the capital of the Motok kingdom which was founded by Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha. Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha, known as Mezara, was a member of the erstwhile Chutia royal family and rose to become an able administrator. Mezara adopted the name Sarbananda Singha after he became the king. Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha introduced coins in his name and in Saka 1716 and 1717, he inscribed the title Swargadeo in the coins. As instructed by Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha, his Minister Gopinath Barbaruah alias Godha dug a triangular pond which is known as Tinikunia Pukhuri. In 1884 a station was constructed near this pond, when the Dibru-Sadiya Rail line was laid and was named as Tinsukia. Since then it has been known as Tinsukia.