National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 04 February 2018
Maratha Llight Infantry Regiment is crossing the milestone of 250 years of glorious raising. Today the regiment is one of the oldest and most decorated infantry regiment of the Indian Army.
The first battalion of the Regiment was raised as ‘second battalion bombay sepoys’ in 1768 which was later known as ‘Jangi Paltan’. 3rd battalion Bombay Sepoys was raised, which is today known as 2 Maratha Li or (kali panchwin) was also raised in the same time frame.
By the end of the 18th century both the battalions had seen most of the important campaigns which included ‘Seedasser’, ‘Seringapatan’ and ‘Mysore’. For its special fighting ability, regiment was the first infantry regiment of the indian army to be awarded with the title of ‘light infantry’ in 1841 during the first afghan war.
The regiment has a proud history of gallantry and sacrifice and has proved this time and again. During the first world war Maratha Light Infantry was honoured with 15 battle honours.
In the second world war the regiment rose from six to 13 battalions and the regiment was bestowed with the rare honour of winning two Cictoria Crosses to our heroes ‘Nk Yeshwant Ghadge’ and ‘Sepoy Namdev Jadhav’.
Today the regiment has 21 regular battalion 04 RR battalions and 02 ta battalions. Maratha light infantry is the only regiment which has contributed two battalions of the special forces to the Indian Army. The regiment has affiliation with 10 Mech Infantry which was earlier 20 Maratha Li, two arty regiments and an Air Defence regiment in the Indian Army.
The regiment has inter service affiliation with Indian Naval Ship Mumbai, 20th sqn Air Force (sukhoi) and Indian Coast Guard air station Daman and Diu.
04th Feb 2018 has been chosen as the day of curtain raiser to a year long events which would be unfolded in the days to come, because 04th feb is celebrated as Maratha Li day across the regiment throughout the country.
04th Feb also has a historical significance as on this day in 1670 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj concurred fort Kondana which is famously known as Sinhgarh today.
Maratha Light Infantry regiment will celebrating this day all over the country in a major way, in Delhi the function would take place in Manekshaw Centre in which Rajya Raksha Mantri Dr. Subhash bhamre would be the chief guest with Chief of Army Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, in attendance. The republic day parade contingent of Maratha Light Infantry would be represent in the function. The families of the soldiers posted in Delhi belonging to the Maratha Light Infantry would also be present with large numbers.