Date of Birth : 18 Dec 1987

Birth Place: Dehradun, U'khand

Service: Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 55 RR/EME

Arm/Regt : The Corps of EME

Award: SC

Date of Martyrdom :18 Feb, 2019

Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal SC

Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal hailed from Dehradun in Uttarakhand and was born on 18 Dec 1987. Son of Shri OP Dhondiyal and Smt Saroj Dhondiyal, Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal had three sisters and was the youngest among his siblings. Maj Vibhuti’s father as well as grandfather had worked in the office of Controller Defence Accounts. Maj Vibhuti had studied at St Joseph School Dehradun and later completed his graduation from DAV college. He was very keen to join the Armed Forces right from his childhood and pursued his dream after graduation. Soon after his graduation, he cleared the Combined Defence Services Examination and was commissioned into the Army on 17 Sep 2011.


By 2019, Maj Vibhuti had put in around eight years of service and had evolved into a committed soldier with fine field craft skills. After serving for a few years with his parent unit, Maj Vibhuti was deputed to serve with 55 RR Battalion, deployed in J & K for counterinsurgency operations. Maj Vibhuti got married to Ms Nitika Kaul belonging to a Delhi-based Kashmiri family on 19th April 2018.


Pulwama Operation: 18 Feb 2019


During 2018-2019, Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal’s unit 55 RR, was deployed in Pulwama district in J&K and was engaged in operations against the militants on a regular basis. Following the terrorists’ attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama on 14 Feb 2019, the security forces were maintaining a state of high alert, and subsequently, a massive operation was launched to nab the perpetrators of the attack. On 17 Feb 2019, the security forces received credible information from the intelligence sources about the presence of terrorists in Pinglan village of Pulwama district. Based on the intelligence inputs 55 RR along with the Special Operation Group of J & K Police launched a search and destroy operation in Pinglan a neighborhood of Kakpora the home of the terrorist, who had attacked the CRPF convoy on 14 Feb.


The assault team was being led by Brigadier Harbir Singh himself and Maj Vibhuti was part of the team. On being challenged the terrorists opened fire and a fierce gun battle ensued thereafter lasting for over 20 hours. A number of hardcore terrorists responsible for the attack on the CRPF convoy on 14 Feb, were eliminated during the encounter. However, during the heavy exchange of fire, eleven security personnel too got injured including the leader of the team. The injured soldiers were shifted to the Army Hospital but Maj Vibhuti and three other soldiers Sep Ajay Kumar, Sep Hari Singh, and Hav Sheo Ram succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Maj Vibhuti was a valiant soldier and a fine officer who led from the front and laid down his life in the service of the nation, following the highest traditions of the Indian Army. Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.


Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal is survived by his mother Smt Saroj Dhondiyal, wife Smt Nitika Kaul Dhondiyal, and three sisters. Later carrying forward the legacy of her husband, Smt Nitika Kaul joined the Indian Army as a commissioned officer in 2021.

The citation for ‘Shaurya Chakra’ awarded to him reads:


On 17 February 2019, when the input of the presence of a terrorist group in a village was received, Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal planned a Battalion level operation. During the search, the officer was fired upon by terrorist hiding in a cow shed resulting in multiple gunshot injuries to him. Despite being severely injured, the officer maintained his tactical composure and retaliated against terrorist fire. Exhibiting utter disregard for his personal safety, the officer crawled closer to the cowshed in line of fire to bring down effective fire on hiding terrorists. Subsequently, when terrorists moved out of the cowshed firing indiscriminately, the officer fired on fleeing terrorists facilitating the elimination of one terrorist. The officer succumbed to his injuries at the operation site while fighting with terrorists. The terrorist eliminated was identified as a foreign terrorist , responsible for an IED attack on security forces.


For displaying conspicuous bravery and unparalleled courage resulting in the elimination of one terrorist Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal is recommended for the award of “Shaurya Chakra (Posthumous)”.

Smt Nitika Kaul Dhoundiyal, wife of Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal paid tribute to her husband on his “Day of Martyrdom” on 18 Feb 2019…..
As we observe the first anniversary of my husband’s “Day of Martyrdom”, I am surrounded by thoughts of disbelief, pain, and emptiness. The treasured moments passed with him have now taken over the role of a support system that is gradually teaching me to pick up the pieces in life.
I often read my diary to revisit my earlier thoughts and bring Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal (Vibhu for me) back alive. My diary tells me that… when he was away serving in the field area, I would often wake up in the night to check any message from him. He would invariably come in my dreams smilingly and would hold me tight. I would beg him even in the dreams not to leave me alone. Those were the days I did not want to wake up and probably that was my way to escape from reality.
I know that with time, people accept the situation and move on, but for me, life can never be the same again as the “scar” of his absence has left an indelible mark on my psyche. I still remember the moments that took away parts of my soul. I lost a part when I first heard the news of his “Martyrdom” and another part when I had to sign documents, where his name was written as “Late Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal” and my name, had a title of “Widow”.
Besides being a committed soldier, Vibhu was a fabulous human being and taught me many things about life. I learned to be focused and understood the significance of being passionate in life and most importantly realized the importance of love. I had written a letter to him but by the time it was ready to be posted, it was too late. It indeed summarized my feelings for him….” Vibhu, I wish I can tell you how much I love you. Every day seems to be a new struggle but I can’t tell you about that. I know you are busy with your work and I don’t want to burden you with my worries. But honestly speaking I am quite scared at times. You are my life. When I look back I realize the importance of love. You have made me a different person. I miss the moments when you hug me and say hey Nikki I love you. I remember whenever I had nightmares you always hugged me tight saying” it is all, okay I am here love”. Just always keep me close. It seems so long since I saw you and am waiting for you to come home.Here I imagine a world for us. Vibhu, I am so proud of you and I love you”.
These days sometimes when I go to my balcony and look at the stars, I observe their brightness flickering randomly. However, this random pattern, gives me a feeling that Vibhu is trying to communicate with me. I wonder, if Vibhu is one of those stars and is engaged in narrating our love story to other stars. But I am very certain that wherever he is, he will make sure that others around him are always smiling.
I miss Vibhu, my soldier and my soulmate, but as a martyr’s wife I am committed to do everything that would have made him proud….my small contribution to the nation he loved and gave his life for….
Nitika Kaul Dhoundiyal
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  • Rajeev Sharma

    2020at11:56 pm Reply

    निकिता बहन जब भी इस पत्र और लेख को पढ़ता हूँ, मन श्रद्धा व आंखें आंसुओं से भर जाती हैं ।न सिर्फ़ वीर शिरोमणि मेजर ढौंडियाल के लिये ही बल्कि विभूति की विभूति वीर पत्नी के लिये भी।
    शत सहस्त्र श्रद्धा नमन ।

  • Pathi siddharth

    2020at9:33 pm Reply

    You are the real real real heroine of India…this young generation should learn from you and vibuti Shankar a lot…you are the true inspiration a lot and u will live with vibuti shankar for more than 1000 years in heaven and I hope your love will not separate you in heaven…

  • Diya Purohit

    2020at2:18 pm Reply

    “Service is our duty”…..It truly is correct for a soldier and a very very respectful and honorable family like yours…Pulwama attack shredded entire country into pieces not just with it’s courageous soldiers but also with its respect , honor and soul. Our soul just got ripped away with a mere thought of you people sacrificing your life….How would have you been feeling when a member of your valiant family succumbed….Honestly I am a civilian and not just the sacrifices and the inevitable pain you suffer I am unaware of all the obstacles you people have to go with…I sincerely really from bottom of my heart give you condolences and just if I can give the motivation and just the hope….your son ,husband ,father….will surely be incarnated with lots of good wishes in heaven and… you valiant and brave people will always be there for us…..pls never think of us as greedy and selfish to core….we really are because of you…and we will always be grateful for that….your son’s and of lakhs of more soldiers we have obligation on…..We really are proud and moreover really beholden and obliged…

  • Simmi kapoor

    2021at11:40 pm Reply

    Major vibhuti sir and nikita mam ! Salute to
    both of u … we young generation proud of u both ..vibhuti sir is always around u and
    around us..

    Jai hind

    • Pushparani

      2021at12:35 pm

      Nithika will be a Great inspiration to many Younger Generations.
      A Courageous & Strong person who will be motivating many people in & around .
      Wish you all Sucess in you Endeavors.
      Jai Hind

  • Sunil Singh

    2021at10:42 am Reply

    ऐसी दुखद घटनाएं वाकई दिल दहला देने वाली होती हैं,, जो सुनता है उसकी आंखें नम और दुखी होता है तो भला जिसके साथ और जिसके परिवार के साथ ऐसा हो उनकी पीड़ा को समझना समझ से परे है,,

    मेजर विभुति ढोंढीयाल जी को मेरा शत शत नमन, वो सदैव हमारे दिल में रहेंगे,,और उनके परिवार के साथ मेरी भावपूर्ण संवेदनाएं

    ऐसे में दो पंक्तियां कुछ इस तरह की
    “देशभक्तों में कुछ ही खुश नसीब होते हैं
    वो कभी मरते नहीं, जो शहीद होते हैं”


  • Shikhar Singh

    2021at11:41 am Reply

    It has been two long years since you have physically left this world . I believe that wherever you are ,you are making the spirits around you awe struck by demonstrating your bravery and also by telling your story that how courageously you face those bullets . Those bullets would have been the luckiest ever as they got a chance to pierce through one of the most valiant, the most valorous , the most heroic , the lionhearted , the boldest heart . But anyway God was selfish that day because he called such a gentle personality to His home and made this earth deprived of YOU. However this earth actually is a very mere place for such a great personality .But still You are spiritually present here on this earth. Please stay in the Heaven for some more time as I want to salute You in front of You and for that I must make up my status to your level which will take some time , and indeed by having those bullets in my heart for my nation , the nation whose soil is made up of the holy ashes of holy martyrs. JAI HIIND ……………

  • Pooja Gutte

    2021at9:45 pm Reply

    Sir I really really love u and I am preparing for the forces only and only for u I love u the most . And I promise you that the day I will meet you , I will hug u and and u would proudly say your sacrifice never went in vain , I love ur smile on that uniform , and sir you are so handsome that even I want a man like u even today I remember you, have tears in my eyes for u and I love u the most

  • Gaurav Sharma

    2021at7:23 am Reply

    किसी भी इंसान को किसी भी परिस्थिति में खुद को देखकर निराश नहीं होना चाहिए।

  • மூ. செந்தில்குமார்.

    2021at5:43 pm Reply

    மரணம் மாவீரனுக்கு தரப்படும் மலர்ச்செண்டு… சிப்பாய்கள் ஒருபொழுதும் இறப்பதில்லை… வீர வணக்கம்..

  • Devna Dave

    2021at12:03 am Reply

    The incident of Pulwama terror attack was the grave loss for India, losing its diamonds to such a tragedy. While you and your fellow mates might not be us physically, your contribution has left an impact on our lives and stayed with us in spirits. It takes a lot of courage and sacrifice to become a soldier. You are our true role model and inspiration.

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