Service No: IC-72861M

Date of Birth : Apr 12, 1983

Birth Place : Tambaram, Tamil Nadu

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit: 44 RR

Arm/Regt: The Rajput Regiment

Award : Ashoka Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Apr 25, 2014

Major Mukund Varadarajan AC

Major Mukund Varadarajan was born on 12 April 1983 to R.Varadarajan and Geetha and had two sisters Swetha and Nithya. Maj Mukund married his longtime friend Indhu Rebecca Varghese on 28 August 2009 and had a daughter Ashreya born on 17 March 2011. He received his Bachelor of Commerce From Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya at Enathur and a diploma in journalism from the Madras Christian College, Tambaram. His grandfather and two of his uncles also served in the army and that motivated Maj Mukund to join the army.


Major Mukund was an alumnus of Officers Training Academy and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Rajput Regiment (22 Rajput) in 2006. He served at the Infantry School in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh and was also a part of United Nations Mission in Lebanon. In December 2012, he was deputed to the 44th Battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles and posted in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.


Shopian Operation: 25 Apr 2014


During 2014, Maj Mukund’s unit was deployed in Shopian district of J & K and was engaged in counterinsurgency operations on a regular basis. On 25 Apr 2014, information was received from the intelligence sources about the presence of some hardcore terrorists in Kaajipathri village in Shopian district. It was decided to launch an operation to flush out the terrorists under the leadership of Major Mukund Varadarajan. As planned Maj Mukund swung into action along with his troops and cordoned off the suspected area. The intelligence information also suggested that the same terrorists were responsible for killing election officials 24 hours earlier.


The heavily armed terrorists opened fire at the assault team on being challenged. Maj Mukund in a swift action shot and killed one terrorist, simultaneously directing the fire of his troops. During the heavy exchange of fire, Maj Mukund got seriously injured but with total disregard to his injuries, he crawled forward and shot one more terrorist down. He showed remarkable courage and leadership despite bleeding profusely and continued to direct his troops. However, Maj Mukund succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Maj Mukund was given the nation’s highest peacetime gallantry award “Ashok Chakra” for displaying valor beyond the call of duty and supreme sacrifice.  Major Mukund achieved the distinction of being the fourth recipient of the “Ashok Chakra” from the state of Tamil Nadu.


Major Mukund Varadarajan is survived by his father R.Varadarajan, mother Geetha, wife Indhu Rebecca Varghese, daughter Arshea, and two sisters Swetha and Nithya.


Major Mukund Varadarajan’s mother paying tributes to her son said, ‘As a mother, I wanted him to be near me and not live where danger lay’, ‘My son was so sure about where he wanted to be, and he was so happy to wear the army uniform and work for the country’. She also said, “Before any major operation, he would tell me, “Please pray for me, Amma, but don’t ask me why”.

Major Mukund Varadarajan had turned 31, on April 12, 2014,  his father Varadarajan had sent him birthday greetings on Whats App, early in the morning, to which there was an immediate thank you response where he said he’d call in the evening. Which he did. And then, as always, he spoke a little to his father and a lot to his mother. But one of the messages he sent to his father was a secret. “He told me he was going to take leave for ten days and come home in the first week of May. He wanted me to keep it as a secret from his wife Indhu. He wanted to surprise her.” A few days later, on April 25, he came home a few days early… in a coffin.

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  • chirag thakur

    2020at10:53 am Reply

    jai hind sir, brave always be eternal

  • Divyanshu Singh

    2020at12:57 am Reply

    नमन है आपके इस अभूतपूर्व बलिदान को | हम सदैव आपकी वीरता और देश के लिए अपने प्राण न्योछावर करने के लिए ऋणी रहेंगे |
    जय हिन्द जय भारत

  • Gursharan Kaur

    2020at4:08 pm Reply

    Heartfelt gratitude to the valiant son of India. Read India’s Most Fearless by Shiv Arpor and Rahul Singh…..salute to the Martyr

  • Satyam sanodiya

    2021at9:47 pm Reply

    Apke balidan ko satt satt naman

  • Marai Nayagan

    2021at1:39 pm Reply

    Brave heart who sacrificed his life for the nation. Proud hero of the nation should be remembered and taught for bravery to younger generation at school. The respective state govt also should honour the martyr on independence day.

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