Indian Army Regiments Motto and War Cry

Indian Army Regiments Motto and War Cry

War cry or war cry is mostly a slogan adopted by various defense forces to keep their spirits high during a war.  Over the years, war cry has become a way of boosting the confidence of the army personnel to work efficiently in the midst of a crisis.  The Indian Army is home to many different regiments.  Each regiment has its own motto and hence different battle cries.  These give a distinctive identity to the battle fury regiments and there are many soldiers of the army who have become famous for the battle cry they make on the battlefield.

War Cry is an important topic and questions based on them are sometimes asked in various exams.  So, to help the aspirants of the same we have mentioned the war cry and motto of various Indian Army regiments in the space below.


  • Motto: Service before self.
  • War cry: Jai Hind, Bharat Mata ki Jai, Vande Mataram.
  • One of the strongest and largest armies in the world.
  • Current Chief: General Manoj Mukund Naravane
  • The President is the supreme commander of the Indian Army.
  • There are 6 major commands in the Indian Army.

Madras Regiment

One of the oldest regiments of the Indian Army came into existence in the early 1750s.  Based on its concept, the regiment has participated in several minor and major battles at the behest of the British Government.  However, post-independence all control passed to the Government of India and the Travancore “Nair Pattalam”, Cochin and Mysore State forces were merged into the Madras Regiment.  The regiment fought fierce battles during the Jammu and Kashmir Operation of 1947–48, the 1962 Sino-Indian conflict and the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971.  In addition, the Madras Regiment also participated in many humanitarian aid operations in India.  It has also participated in various United Nations peacekeeping missions.

  • Motto: “Swadharme Nidhanam Shreyah (It is a matter of pride to die while doing duty)
  • War Cry: Veera Madrasi, Adi Kollu, Adi Kollu (Brave Madrasi, Strike and Kill, Strike and Kill!)
  • Regimental Centre: Wellington, Tamil Nadu
  • Active from: 1758.


The Brigade of the Guards is a mechanized infantry regiment of the Indian Army.  It was raised as the army’s first “all-India”, “all-class” infantry regiment, where soldiers from all parts of India serve together, unlike other regiments that recruit from specific regions, ethnic groups or religions.  There are.  The Brigade of Guards distinguished itself by being awarded the largest number of war honours after Indian independence. 

The regiment was the brainchild of Field Marshal KM Cariappa, the first Indian Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Indian Army.  He raised the Brigade of the Guards and coined the phrase;  “The Guards, the Elite”.  The President of India is the Honorary Colonel-in-Chief and the Chief of the Army Staff is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Guards. 

The Guards Regimental Center is at Kampti, Maharashtra.  The Brigade of the Guards was the senior-most line infantry regiment of the Indian Army, prior to its selection and transition to the Mechanized Infantry role.  It now holds the title of most senior infantry regiment in an honorary/ceremonial capacity.  Along with the Mechanized Infantry Regiment, they are part of the ‘Mechanized Infantry’ arm, part of the Mechanized Forces (along with the Armored Corps).

  • Motto: First Always First (First Always First)
  • War cry: “Garuda ka hum bol pyare” (I am the son of Garuda, say oh my friend)
  • Regimental Centre: Kempty, Maharashtra
  • Active since: 1948.

Rajputana Rifles

The Rajputana Rifles is one of the oldest rifle regiments and the most senior regiment of the Indian Army.  The regiment was formed in the year 1921 as part of the British Indian Army.  In 1945 the regiment faced a major change in its title and was later transferred to the newly independent Indian Army.  After independence, this regiment has been involved in many struggles against Pakistan.  During its existence, members of the regiment received six Victoria Crosses, two Military Crosses, one Param Vir Chakra, three Ashok Chakras, one Padma Bhushan, fourteen Param Vishisht Seva Medals, ten Maha Vir Chakras, eleven Kirti Chakras, 18 Ati Vishisht Seva  Huh.  Medals, two Uttam Yudh Seva Medals, 50 Vir Chakras, 28 Shaurya Chakras, 122 Sena Medals (including Bar), 39 Vishisht Seva Medals, three Yudh Seva Medals, 85 Mention-in-Dispatches and 55 Arjuna Awards.

  • Motto: “Veer Bhogya Vasundhara” (The Brave Will Heir The Earth)
  • War cry: “Raja Ramachandra ki Jai” (Victory to King Ramachandra)
  • Regimental Centre: Delhi Cantonment
  • Active from: 1775

Dugra Regiment

Finding its name from the inhabitants of ‘Duggar’ or Dogra land from the hilly regions of the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.  The Dogra Regiment was formed in 1858 and was part of the Bengal Army.  The recruitment of soldiers in the Dogra regiment is fixed and includes 50 percent soldiers from Himachal Pradesh, 25 percent from Jammu and Kashmir and 25 percent from Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr, Gurdaspur and Rupnagar districts of Punjab.  .

  • Motto: “Kartavyam Anvatma” (duty before death)
  • War cry: “Jwala Mata Ki Jai” (Victory to Goddess Jwala)
  • Regimental Centre: Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • Active from: 1877


  • Motto: “Nischay kar apni jeet karon” (With determination, I will be triumphant)
  • War Cry: “Jo bole So Nihal, sat sri akal” (He who cries ‘God is truth’ is ever happy)
  • Regimental Centre: Ramgarh Cantonment, Jharkhand
  • Active From: 1846

The Sikh Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army that recruits from the Sikh community. It is the most decorated regiment of the Indian Army and in 1979, the 1st battalion was the Commonwealth’s most decorated battalion with 245 pre-independence and 82 post-independence gallantry awards, when it was transformed into the 4th battalion, Mechanised Infantry Regiment.

 The first battalion of the regiment was officially raised just before the annexation of the Sikh Empire on August 1, 1846, by the British East India Company. Currently, the Sikh Regimental Centre is located in Ramgarh Cantonment, Jharkhand. The Centre was earlier located in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. About 5000 Indian soldiers, some belonging to the regiment, mutinied after the storming of the Golden Temple by the Indian Army as part of Operation Blue Star in 1984. 21 soldiers of the 36th Sikhs were posthumously awarded the Indian Order of Merit for their actions in the Battle of Saragarhi in 1897.

Sikh Light Infantry

  • Motto: “Deg Tegh Fateh” (Prosperity in Peace and Victory in War)
  • War Cry: “Jo Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal” (He who cries ‘God is Truth’ is always happy)
  • Regimental Centre: Fatehgarh, Uttar Pradesh
  • Active from: 1944

The Sikh Light Infantry is a light infantry regiment of the Indian Army.  The regiment is the successor unit of the 23rd, 32nd and 34th Royal Sikh Pioneers of the British Indian Army.  The regiment recruits from the Sikh community from the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana. 

The versatility of the Sikh Light Infantry has seen the regiment’s operations on the Siachen Glacier range from conventional warfare to counter-terrorism.  Units of the regiment have also been deployed as part of the United Nations Emergency Force.  The regimental motto is “Deg Tegh Fateh”, which means “Prosperity in Peace and Victory in War”.  The motto is of great importance with the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, with whom the Majbi community is very strongly associated.

 The regiment’s cap badge is a chakram or quoit with a saber.  The insignia was designed to honor the Akali Nihang dynasty of the religious community.

Parachute Regiment

Being an air force, it was deployed with the idea of ​​protecting the army from the sky.  The regiment has fought various battles such as World War 2, Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, 60 Parachute Field Ambulance and Korean War, Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, Operation Pawan, Operation Cactus, Counterinsurgency Operation.  Kargil War and various UN campaigns.  The regiment has changed a lot over the years.  In 2013, 23rd Battalion, Rajputana Rifles was merged into Parachute Regiment and the combination was called 23rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment.  In 2014, 29th Battalion, Rajput Regiment was transferred to Parachute Regiment and redesignated as 29th Battalion, Parachute Regiment.

  • Motto: “Shatrujit” (WINNER)
  • War Slogan: “Balidan Param Dharma” (Sacrifice Before Duty)
  • Regimental Centre: Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Active since: 1945

Punjab Regiment

The Punjab Regiment is one of the oldest regiments of the Indian Army.  The first battalion that today constitutes this regiment was raised in 1805 by the then Maharaja of Patiala.  The 1st and 2nd battalions were transferred to other regiments during the hostilities in Karnataka in South India between 1761 and 1776.  The 4th Battalion was disbanded.  The 3rd Battalion still continues as part of the regiment.  The number and titles of battalions changed during the gradual reorganization of the Madras Presidency Army, the British Indian Army and the Indian Army during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.  The name was changed from Coast Sepoys to Carnatic Infantry, Madras Native Infantry, Punjabis and finally Punjab Regiment.  In recent years, the Punjab Regiment has contributed to UN peacekeeping missions by sending six of its battalions abroad: 3 Punjab to Gaza, 14 Punjab to Angola, 15 and 26 Punjab to Lebanon and 16 and 24 Punjab to Democratic Republic of Congo.  To.  During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, the 23rd Battalion, a company of the Punjab Regiment (Prablit), consisting of about 120 soldiers under the command of Major (later Brigadier) Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri, fought an attack from a Pakistani brigade  .  Army.  The battle was fought at the desert border post of Longewala in Rajasthan.  The unit fought during the last five hours of the night of 5 December 1971 as Indian Air Force aircraft at that time did not have night strike capability.  For his leadership during the war, Major Chandpuri was decorated with the Maha Vir Chakra, India’s second highest gallantry award.  The regiment is probably the only infantry regiment to have a naval galley anywhere as an insignia.  The battalion fought in eight overseas campaigns until 1824, after which it was awarded the 69th Punjabis (later the Second Punjab) for its readiness to serve overseas.

  • Motto: “Land wa Water” (“By Land and Sea”)
  • War Cry:Jo Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal” (“He who cries ‘God is Truth’ is always happy”);  “Bol Jwala Maa Ki Jai” (Say Jai Jwala Ki Jai)
  • Regimental Centre: Ramgarh Cantonment, Jharkhand
  • Active from: 1757

Garhwal Rifles

The regiment originated in 1887 and was the 39th of the Bengal Army, although it was submerged in the Indian Army after independence.  The regimental insignia includes a Maltese cross and is based on the Inactive Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort’s Own) as they are a designated rifle regiment.  Lansdowne, at an altitude of 5,800 feet (1,800 m) above sea level

  • Motto: “Yudhaya Krit Nischay” (Fight with determination)
  • War cry: “Badri Vishal Lal Ki Jai” (Victory to the sons of Lord Badrinath)
  • Regimental Centre: Lansdowne, Uttarakhand
  • Active from: 1887.

  Kumaon Regiment

The Kumaon Regiment is one of the most decorated infantry regiments in the Indian Army.  The regiment was established in the 18th century at Ranikhet and has fought several important battles with the Indian Army as well as two World Wars.  The Kumaon Regiment recruits candidates from Kumaon: Brahmins and Kshatriyas from the Kumaon Mandal and Yadavas from the plains.  As per the composition, the contingent consists of 80% Kumaonis and 20% Yadavas.

  • Motto: “Parakramo Vijayate” (Victory to Valor)
  • War cry: “Kalika Mata ki Jai” (Victory to the great goddess Kali)
  • Regimental Centre: Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
  • Active from: 1813.

Assam Regiment

The Assam Regiment is one of the popular regiments of the Indian Army and consists of 25 battalions: 15 Regular Battalions, 3 Rashtriya Rifles Battalions, 5 Territorial Army Infantry and Ecological Battalions and 2 Battalions of Arunachal Scouts.  The process of deployment of troops is done from the northeastern states.  A unique thing about this regiment is that its salute i.e. “Tagra Raho” (“Stay Strong/Stay Fit”) is unique in the Indian Army.  The answer to the same is “tagra hai sahab” (I am strong/fit, sir).

  • Motto: “Assam Vikram” (“Unparalleled Valor”)
  • Battle Cry: “Rhino Charge”
  • Regimental Centre: Happy Valley, Shillong, Meghalaya.
  • Active since: 1941.

 Bihar Regiment

The Bihar Regiment came into existence in 1941 and the 11th (Territorial) Battalion, 19th Hyderabad Regiment was formed by regulating some changes.  The regiment is affiliated with INS Vikramaditya, the largest warship of the Indian Navy.  In its early days, the army was mainly from the Rajput and Bhumihar castes of Bihar and Jharkhand.  However, later candidates from different sub-castes i.e. Yadavs, Koeris, Kurmis and Adivasis of Bihar and Jharkhand were also deployed.

  • Motto: “Karam Hi Dharma” (Work is Worship)
  • War Slogan: “Jai Bajrangbali” (Victory to Lord Hanuman / Bajrangbali)
  • Regimental Centre: Danapur Cantonment, Patna, Bihar
  • Active since: 1941.

  Naga Regiment

On 01 November 1970, the 1st Battalion of the NAGA Regiment was commissioned at Kumaon Regimental Centre, Ranikhet.  The commanding officer of the regiment, Lieutenant Colonel RN.  Mahajan, VSM.  The regiment got its name because it was a single regiment.  The soldiers and soldiers of this regiment are supplied by the Kumaon Regiment, Garhwal Rifles and 3 Gorkha Rifles.  Traditional Naga weapons like dao, spear and are part of the prestigious Mithun regiment.  The colors of the regiment are gold, green and red in which the color gold represents the rising sun, green means infantry while red is the color of authority among the Nagas.

  • Motto: “Parakramo Vijayate” (Victory to Valor)
  • War Slogan: “Jai Durga Naga” (Jai Durga Naga)
  • Regimental Centre: Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
  • Active since: 1970.

Gurkha Regiment

Motto: Different for different regiments.

War cry: “Jai Mahakali ayo Gorkhali” (Hail to Goddess Kali, Gorkhas are here)

Since India’s independence in 1947, as per the terms of the Britain-India-Nepal Tripartite Agreement, six Gurkha regiments, formerly part of the British Indian Army, became part of the Indian Army and have been serving ever since.  The soldiers are mainly ethnic Nepalese Gorkhas from Nepal and people of ethnic Nepalese origin known as Nepali Gorkhas, they have a history of courage in war, gallantry awards won by Gorkha soldiers and from joining the Indian Army. 

This is evident from the war honors given to Gorkhas before and after.  Army.  A Seventh Gorkha Rifles regiment was re-raised in the Indian Army after independence to accommodate Gurkha soldiers from the 7th Gorkha Rifles and the 10th Gurkha Rifles, who chose not to transfer to the British Army.  The Gurkha cap is worn with a wide brim, felt and bowed.

Jammu and Kashmir Rifles

Motto: “Prashata Ranvirta” (Valour in battle is commendable)

War Slogan: “Durga Mata Ki Jai” (Jai of Goddess Durga)

Regimental Centre: Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

Active from: 1821.

  This regiment is one of the most prestigious infantry regiments of the Indian Army.  It originated in the Jammu and Kashmir State Forces of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir.  After the state joined the Indian Union in October 1947, the state forces came under the command of the Indian Army.  They remained in original form until 1956 when the Jammu and Kashmir Constituent Assembly effectively ratified the state’s accession to India.

 Then the State Forces became the Jammu and Kashmir Regiment of the Indian Army.  In 1963, the designation was changed to Jammu and Kashmir Rifles.  After conversion, Ladakh came under the aegis of the Scouts Regiment, where it remained until it was formed as a separate regiment in 2002.  Captain Vikram Batra, the Param Vir Chakra recipient from whom most defense aspirants draw their inspiration, is from this regiment.  .

  Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment

Motto: “Balidanam Veer Lakshanam” (Sacrifice is an attribute of the brave)

War Slogan: “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” (Victory to Mother India)

Regimental Centre: Awantipora, Jammu and Kashmir.

Active since: 1947.

  The regimental insignia of this regimen consists of a pair of rifles.  The regiment consists mostly of volunteers from the state of Jammu and Kashmir.  50% of the regiment’s soldiers are Muslims while the rest represent other ethnic groups in the state.  The Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry is considered the most decorated regiment of the Indian Army, having won 1 Param Vir Chakra and 3 Ashok Chakra.  In 1984, units of JAK LI were deployed at Siachen Glacier as part of Operation Meghdoot.  In 1987, JAK LI units were deployed to Sri Lanka as part of Operation Pawan.  In 1999, JAK LI earned honor in the Kargil War. 

The Chief of the Army Staff presented the 12th Battalion a special immediate award of “Unit Citation” for their exceptional gallantry and outstanding performance during the battles of Point 5203 on the night of 10/11 June 1999 and Point 4812 on the night of 30 June.  /1 July 1999 in Batalik.  The battalion’s overall performance during Operation Vijay was exceptional and was marked with exemplary valor and grit in the face of the enemy.

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