Complete List of Param Vir Chakra Winners

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Param Vir Chakra


The Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is India’s highest military decoration, awarded for displaying distinguished acts of valour during wartime. Param Vir Chakra translates as the “Wheel of the Ultimate Brave”, and the award is granted for “most conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy”. The medal of the PVC was designed by Savitri Khanolkar, whose daughter’s brother-in-law, Major Somnath Sharma, was coincidentally awarded the first PVC. As of January 2018, the medal has been awarded 21 times, of which 14 were posthumous and 16 arose from actions in Indo-Pakistani conflicts. Of the 21 awardees, 20 have been from the Indian Army, and one has been from the Indian Air Force. A number of central and state governments and ministries of India provide allowances and rewards to recipients of the PVC (or their family members in case of the recipient’s death).

Complete List of Param Vir Chakra Winners


Name Unit Date of action Conflict Place of action
Somnath Sharma 4 Kumaon 3 November 1947 Battle of Badgam Badgam, J & K, India
Jadu Nath Singh 1 Rajput 6 February 1948 Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 Naushera, J & K, India
Rama Raghoba Rane Bombay Sappers 8 April 1948 Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 Naushera, J & K, India
Piru Singh Shekhawat 6 Rajputana Rifles 17 July 1948 Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 Tithwal, J & K, India
Karam Singh 1 Sikh 13 October 1948 Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 Tithwal, J & K, India
Gurbachan Singh Salaria 3/1 Gorkha Rifles 5 December 1961 Congo Crisis Élisabethville, Katanga, Congo
Dhan Singh Thapa 1/8 Gorkha Rifles 20 October 1962 Sino-Indian War Ladakh, J & K, India
Joginder Singh Sahnan 1 Sikh 23 October 1962 Sino-Indian War Tongpen La, NEFA, India
Shaitan Singh 13 Kumaon 18 November 1962 Sino-Indian War Rezang La, J & K, India
Abdul Hamid 4 Grenadiers 10 September 1965 Battle of Asal Uttar Khemkaran, India
Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore 17 Poona Horse 15 October 1965 Battle of Chawinda Phillora, Sialkot, Pakistan
Albert Ekka 14 Guards 3 December 1971 Battle of Hilli Gangasagar, Agartala, India
Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon No. 18 Squadron 14 December 1971 Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 Srinagar, J & K, India
Arun Khetarpal 17 Poona Horse 16 December 1971 Battle of Basantar Barapind-Jarpal, Shakargarh, Pakistan
Hoshiar Singh 3 Grenadiers 17 December 1971 Battle of Basantar Basantar River, Shakargarh, Pakistan
Bana Singh 8 JAK LI 23 May 1987 Operation Rajiv Siachen Glacier, J & K, India
Ramaswamy Parameshwaran 8 Mahar[d] 25 November 1987 Operation Pawan Sri Lanka
Manoj Kumar Pandey 1/11 Gorkha Rifles 3 July 1999 Operation Vijay Khaluber /Juber Top, J & K, India
Yogendra Singh Yadav 18 Grenadiers 4 July 1999 Battle of Tiger Hill Tiger Hill, J & K, India
Sanjay Kumar 13 JAK Rifles 5 July 1999 Kargil War Kargil, J & K, India
Vikram Batra 13 JAK Rifles 5 July 1999 Operation Vijay Kargil, J & K, India

 

This indicates the Param Vir Chakra was awarded posthumously.

 


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