Maratha Light Infantry🇮🇳

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The Maratha Light Infantry is a light infantryregiment of the Indian Army. It traces its lineage to the Bombay Sepoys, raised in 1768, making it the most senior light infantry regiment in the Indian Army. The class composition of the regiment was and is primarily formed by  the Maratha recruits from the former Maratha Empire. The men are mostly drawn from all over the state of Maharashtra, with some percentage from Marathi-speaking areas of Karnataka including Coorg.  The regimental centre has been in Belgaum, Karnataka, since 1922, which was part of the Bombay Presidency at that time.[2] The battle cry of Maratha Light Infantry is, “Bola Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Ki Jai (Say Victory To King Shivaji)”. The regiment has won over 60 battle honours, including 21 in World War I.

Maratha Light Infantry

Regimental Insignia of the Maratha Light Infantry
Active1768 – present
Country India
Branch Indian Army
TypeLight Infantry
RoleLight Infantry
Motto(s)Duty, Honour, Courage
War CryBola Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Ki Jai (Say Victory To King Shivaji)
Anniversaries4 February (Regimental Day)
Decorations2 Victoria Crosses
5 Ashoka Chakras
29 Param Vishisht Seva Medal
4 Maha Vir Chakras
15 Kirti Chakras
35 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
44 Vir Chakras
63 Shaurya Chakras
4 Yudh Seva Medal
440 Sena Medals
1 Shaurya Chakra & Bar
23 Vishisht Seva Medal
1 Padma Bhushan
1 Arjuna award and 8 Unit Citations.
Battle honoursNaushera, Jhangar, Burki, Hussainiwala, Jamalpur, Burj, Suadih and Ruywa.
Commanding OfficerLieutenant General Asit Mistry
General Joginder Jaswant Singh
Insignia of the 5th battalion, Maratha Light Infantry

The Second World War saw the Marathas in the forefront in almost every theatre of operations from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the deserts of North Africa, and the mountains and rivers of Italy. The war also saw the expansion of the regiment when thirteen new war service battalions were raised. Most of these were later demobilised after the war, whilst two were converted into artillery regiments. During the war Nk. Yeshwant Ghadge and Sep. Namdeo Jadhav were decorated with the Victoria Cross in the Italian campaign, while 130 other decorations were awarded to the regiment.

Apart from being the first light infantry battalion, of the Indian Army, Kali Panchwin was the first Indian battalion to participate in World War II, first to have lost its commanding officer in action (Col. Chitty at the battle of Jebel Hamrin, 1917) and the first Maratha battalion to participate in a United Nations mission. Later, it earned the Indian Army’s first Ashoka Chakra in India’s northeast.


  • 1st Battalion – (former 103rd Mahratta Light Infantry)
  • 2nd Battalion – (former 105th Mahratta Light Infantry)
  • 4th Battalion – (former 116th Mahrattas)
  • 5th Battalion – (former 117th Mahrattas)
  • 6th Battalion
  • 7th Battalion
  • 8th Battalion
  • 9th Battalion
  • 11th Battalion
  • 12th Battalion
  • 14th Battalion
  • 15th Battalion
  • 16th Battalion
  • 17th Battalion
  • 18th Battalion
  • 19th Battalion – (former Kolhapur Raja Ram Infantry)
  • 22nd Battalion – (former 2nd Hyderabad State Infantry)
  • 23rd Battalion
  • 24th Battalion
  • 25th Battalion
  • 26th Battalion
  • 42nd Battalion
  • 101 Infantry Battalion Territorial Army (Maratha Light Infantry) Pune, Maharashtra
  • 109 Infantry Battalion Territorial Army (Maratha Light Infantry) Kolhapur, MaharashtrMaharashtra


  • 3rd Battalion is now 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment
  • 20th Battalion (former Baroda State Infantry) is now 10th Battalion, Mechanised Infantry Regiment
  • 21st Battalion is now 21st Battalion, Parachute Regiment (Special Forces)

==Rashtriya Rifles (RR) the Maratha Units

  • The 17 (RR)
  • The 27 (RR)
  • The 41 (RR)
  • The 56 (RR)

Bastille Day 2009

On the occasion of the 221st Bastille day celebrations, a unit from the Maratha Light Infantry led the parade on the Parisian boulevard of Champs-Élysées on 14 July 2009. The military parade was opened with a detachment of 400 soldiers from the three defence services of India, who were attired in ceremonial uniforms. The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the guest of honour of the ceremony, an invitee of the French President.

🔥Marathas soldiers josh🔥


  • Dekhani and Konkani Mahrattas, World War I
  • Soldier of 5th Mahratta Light Infantry, 1943
  • 1st Battalion 5th Mahratta Light Infantry train in Florence, 28 August 1944
  • 6th Battalion Mahratta Light Infantry in Jakarta, 23 November 1946
  • 14th Battalion Maratha Light Infantry conduct range training for NCC cadets of Gwalior Division

War cry

⚔🚩👑King of kings👑🚩⚔

Bola Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Ki Jai (Say Victory To King Shivaji)

⚔⚔👑Thank you…….!👑⚔⚔

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