Kargil Vijay Diwas is a day named after the success of operation Vijay. The famous Kargil War between India and Pakistan was fought for more than 60 days, resulting in loss of life on both sides. 527 soldiers from Indian Armed Forces sacrificed their lives during the war. It was on July 26, 1999, when India regained possessions of Kargil taking on the Pakistani intruders and the war finally came to an end.
Since then 26th July is celebrated every year as Kargil Vijay Diwas to honour the heroes of the Kargil War. The day is mainly celebrated in the Kargil Dras area, the area that comes under the Dras town in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir, and the national capital Delhi. The Indian Prime Minister pays homage to soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate every year in the capital city Delhi. Along with these two places, functions or events are organized in different parts of the country as well to commemorate the contribution of the Armed forces on this day every year.
This year on July 26, 2016, on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the Kargil War, let’s express our gratitude and love for the Indian soldiers who guard our frontiers so that we can sleep peacefully in our homes.
Jaipurites can visit Amar Jawan Jyoti located at Lalkothi, Janpath, Bhawani Singh Road, Jaipur. Amar Jawan Jyoti is a memorial, which was built to honour the brave soldiers. It is a great place to spend a peaceful evening and enjoy the brilliant lighting effects which magically change the hue of the monument from one colour to the other.
Our Salute to the Brave-Hearted Soldiers on this Kargil Vijay Diwas!