Vir Chakra

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Vir Chakra

Vir Chakra (India) - ribbon bar.png
Type War Time Gallantry
Category National Bravery
Description The third highest military decoration in India.
Instituted 1952
First awarded 1947
Last awarded 1999
Awarded by Government of India
Ribbon Half dark blue, half orange
Award rank
← Maha Vir Chakra

Vir Chakra is an Indian gallantry award presented for acts of bravery in the battlefield. It replaced the British Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), Military Cross (MC) and Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). Award of the decoration carries with it the right to use Vr.C. as a postnominal abbreviation (note the care to distinguish this abbreviation from that for the Victoria Cross (V.C.). It is third in precedence in the war time gallantry awards and comes after the Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra.[1]


Established by the President of India on 26 January 1950 (with effect from 15 August 1947). The statutes were amended 12 January 1952 to readjust the order of wearing as new decorations were established.


The medal is 1-3/8 inch circular silver medal. A five pointed star, with the chakra in the center, and, on this, the domed gilded state emblem. The decoration is named on the rim and suspended from a swiveling straight-bar suspender. The decoration is almost always named and dated on the edge. Around a plain center, two legends separated by lotus flowers; above Vir Chakra in Hindi and in English. The ribbon is 32 mm, half dark blue and half orange-saffron. Dark blue 16 mm, saffron 16 mm.[2]

The award carries with it a cash allowance and, in some cases, a lump sum cash award. This has been a rather controversial issue throughout the life of the decoration. From 1 February 1999, the central government set a monthly stipend of Rs. 850 for recipients of the award. In addition, many states have established individual pension rewards for the recipients of the decoration.

List of Vir Chakra recipients[edit]

Some of the notable Vir Chakra awardees include:[3]

Rank Name Branch Award Date Awarded for
Capt Harbaksh Singh Indian Army 01 May 1948 Operation Polo
Flt Lt Vonthibettu Prabhakara Hegde Indian Air Force 26-Jan-1950 Kashmir operations
Gp Capt ZA Shah Indian Air Force 20 Nov 1950 Kashmir operations
Wg Cdr Krishan Kant Saini Indian Air Force 18 Nov 1962 Operation Leg Horn
Lt Gen Zorawar Chand Bakshi Indian Army 05 Aug 1965 Operation Ablaze
Wg Cdr Trevor Keelor Indian Air Force 03 Sep 1965 Operation Riddle
Air Cmde Alfred Tyrone Cooke Indian Air Force 07 Sep 1965 Operation Riddle
Air Mrshl Denzil Keelor Indian Air Force 19 Sep 1965 Operation Vijay, Kargil War
Lt Gen Mohammad Ahmad Zaki Indian Army 20 Sep 1965 Operation Riddle
Adm Laxminarayan Ramdass Indian Navy 01 Dec 1971 Operation Cactus Lily
Col Gopal Krishan Trivedy Indian Army 11 Dec 1971 Operation Cactus Lily
Lt Col Satish Nambiar Indian Army 11 Dec 1971 Operation Cactus Lily
Air Cmde Jasjit Singh Indian Air Force 17 Dec 1971 Operation Cactus Lily
Grenadier Rafiq Khan Indian Army 19 Dec 1971 Operation Cactus Lily
Vice Adm Arun Prakash Indian Navy 21 Dec 1971 Operation Cactus Lily
Capt Sunil Khokhar Indian Army 01 Jan 1996 Kashmir operations
Sub Randhir Singh Indian Army 01 Jan 1999 Operation Vijay, Kargil War
Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja Indian Air Force 01 Jan 1999 Operation Safed Sagar, Kargil War
Capt R Jery Prem Raj Indian Army 07 Jul 1999 Operation Vijay, Kargil War
Hav Sish Ram Gill Indian Army 15 Aug 1999 Operation Vijay, Kargil War
Capt Vijayant Thapar Indian Army 15 Aug 1999 Operation Vijay, Kargil War


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  2. ^ "BHARAT RAKSHAK MONITOR: Volume 3(6)". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  3. ^ "Vir Chakra Awardee List". Bharat Rakshak. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 

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