Age: 31 Years
Date of Death: 06/02/1948
Marital Status: Unmarried
Some lesser known facts about Jadunath Singh Rathore
- Naik Jadunath Singh Rathore was an on-duty soldier in the Indian Army, best known for the Battle of Tain Dhar throughout history. Jadunath Singh Rathore was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest gallantry award, for his pivotal role during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947–48. He died after several bullets hit Jadunath on the head and chest during the Battle of Tain Dhar.
- Jadunath came from a very poor, agrarian family. His family could not afford Jadunath’s further studies, as a result of which, he had to drop out of school at a very young age.
- Jadunath started helping his parents in doing farm related work. He grew up to become a famous wrestler of his village.
- On 21 November 1941, at the age of 25, Jadunath Singh Rathore was drafted into the Rajput Regiment of the British Indian Army. As a young soldier, he served on the Eastern Front and fought against the Japanese Army during World War II.
- In 1942, fighting against Japanese forces in Burma (now Myanmar); His unit forced the Japanese troops to withdraw to the Donbach.
- The Japanese forces soon regrouped and attacked the advancing Indian Army, causing Jadunath’s 7th Rajput Regiment to be cut off from the main Allied columns.
- After withdrawing to the Allied safe lines, Jadunath’s unit attacked and captured the Akyab Islands from Japanese hands.
- During the later phase of World War II, Jadunath was a part of the force, which was responsible for repelling Japanese raiders from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- After the end of World War II, and after India gained its independence, Jadunath was transferred to the Kashmir region in 1947 to support India’s war effort against Pakistan.
- Jadunath was stationed at the strategically important, Tain Dhar, a post that had been snatched from the hands of Pakistani invaders.
- On 6 February 1948, the Pakistani Army launched a brutal counterattack at picket number 2, commanded by Naik Jadunath Singh.
- There were a total of three waves of massive counterattacks by the Pakistani army on Jadunath’s post.
- Naik Jadunath Singh Rathore had a total of 27 soldiers in his section under his command including a light machine gun.
- Pickett’s machine gunner was seriously wounded, as a result of which the machine gun could not operate effectively and opened fire on the defending troops.
- Jadunath Singh, though himself injured, jumped on the machine gun and took control of the situation. He thwarted the attacking Pakistani army, which had reached the walls of the picket and was about to control the situation.
- By the time the second wave was dealt with, Jadunath Singh had lost his entire section to the devastating enemy fire. He knew very well that Pakistanis would not give up so easily; So he prepared for the third and final wave of counterattacks.
- At the beginning of the third wave of enemy attack, Jadunath Singh left the security of his bunker and, taking a final stand, charged directly at the enemy.
- Seeing Jadunath’s single-handed bayonet charge, the enemies fled, as they could not understand what was really going on.
- During the entire operation, Jadunath was shot twice, fatally, as a result of which he succumbed to his injuries.
- His main objective was to engage the enemy until more reinforcements arrived and took over the position, and laid down his life in a successful attempt to retrieve it.
- Nayak Jadunath Singh Rathore was an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman, and like him, Jadunath Singh had vowed to follow the path of celibacy, and hence remained unmarried.
- Every year, 6 February is observed as Nowshera Day; To honor Naik Jadunath Singh Rathore and his fellow soldiers who were martyred during the Battle of Tain Dhar.
- Naik Jadunath Singh Rathore became the second recipient of the prestigious Param Vir Chakra in the history of independent India.