‘Maidam’ is an Ahom word meaning graveyard. ‘Mai’ means rest and ‘dam’ means dead person. Many maidams came into being during the reign of the Ahom Swargodeos. Among them, the Bahikhowa Maidam is one important maidam.
The Bahikhowa Maidam is dedicated to Bahikhowa Dasarath Dowerah Borphukan. Borphukan was a title given to the chief of the Army Staff of the Ahoms. Bahikhowa Dasarath Dowerah was the Army chief during the rule of Rajeswar Singha. The Bahikhowa Maidam is situated within the premises of the Khowang tea estate. However, presently the Bahikhowa Maidam lies in ruins.
There are three smaller maidams close to the Bahikhowa Maidam, but all of them are in ruins today. Moreover, several other ruined maidams can be found in and around the Khowang tea estate all of which lie in dilapidated condition. Dibrugarh has several maidams the popular one’s being Barbarua Maidam, Sorumechlow and Bormechlow Maidam and Lekai Chetia Maidam.