Not all superheroes wear special suits, some wear uniforms. Yes, we are talking about Indian Army. Today, I will share some important facts about Gorkha regiments and its fearless soldiers. No doubt, Gorkha units have played an important role in all the wars and have won many battles and the third Battalion of the 4 Gorkha Rifles is famous for Operation Meghdoot in Siachen. One can surely say that they are the most worthy warriors of the Indian Army.
Here are some of the most interesting and fascinating facts about the Gorkha Regiments.
British East India Company was the first to recruit Gorkhas? No, Think again!
It was Maharaja Ranjit Singh who raised a battalion of Gorkhas to serve in the Sikh Army around 1809-1814.
Current Army Chief is also a Gorkha Officer
The current Army chief Bipin Rawat is from the Gorkha Rifles. Rawat is from 11 GR. He took over the office from General Dalbir Singh Suhag, another Gorkha officer.
Gurkhas have special weaponry “Khukhri”& They consider it sacred
They carry a ‘khukri’, which is a long knife that curves inward. The badges of all the regiments of the Gorkha Rifles contain a pair of curved khukris in diffrent manners. It is the most sacred symbol of the Gorkhali. They still carry “Khukhri” into battle.
Their war cry is “Jai Maha Kali, Aayo Gorkhali!
It means Hail Goddess Kali, the Gorkhas are here!
They were also involved in Peace Keeping Missions
They were also involved in peace keeping force in Sri Lanka. They have served in Bangladesh, Siachen, Sri Lanka and in the UN peacekeeping missions in Lebanon and Sierra Leone as well.
The regiment has completed over 200 years of existence
The Gorkhas were integrated with the Indian Forces on April 24, 1815. Six of the 10 Gorkha regiments joined the Indian Army post Independence. The 2nd, 6th, 7th and 10th regiments went to the British Army after 1947.
True to Field Marshal Manekshaw famous words “if a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gorkha”.
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