Dibrugarh is a major town in Assam and one of the largest tea exporters in the world.
It gets its name from ‘Dibrumukh’ meaning 'at the mouth of the river'. Dibru also means a ‘blister’ in Bodo tongue.
Dibrumukh attained the status of a separate district when in 1976 it separated from Lakhimpur. Traditionally, the Ahom King Pharsengmung Borgohain was a powerful ruler in the place who occupied Dibrugarh defeating the then Chutiya leader.
Dibrugarh was in ancient times the headquarters of Lakhimpur district. Today, the river Dibru does not flow through Dibrugarh. It had to naturally change its course after the 1950 earthquake in Medog.
Today what we see is a different Dibugarh and not the same old traditional city it was before getting completely devastated by the earthquake of 1950.
The lifestyle of the people of a particular place is always modified by the ecology of the place. Likewise, the river Brahmaputra and its high and low tides do shape the life and customs of the people of Dibrugarh to a great extent.