India Army has a Zorawar day which celebrates the valour, spirit, and sacrifice of General Zorawar Singh.
In fact, on April 25th, 2016, Indian Army’s Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regimental Centre celebrated the day for the 198th time while remembering the brave General who has been an inspiration for the jawans for ages.
On this day jawans pay rich tributes to the martyrs of the Regiment and lay wreath at the war memorial by the Commandant Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regimental Centre.
The valour of the Great General Zorawar Singh is spoken about on this day, his birthday, and all ranks are asked to follow into the steps of this great warrior of the 18th century .
General Zorawar Singh was the military leader and the commander of Raja Gulab Singh forces in Jammu and Kashmir and he was born in Kahlur (Bilaspur) in the year 1786.
Under his leadership, the borders of Raja Gulab Singh’s empire were expanded far and wide till it reached Ladakh and Baltistan and stretched as far as Tibet! Yes, you read it right! Tibet!
The Indian Army recognizes the General Zorawar Singh as a conqueror par excellence, a thoughtful military leader, and a mighty and ruthless soldier who was also a keen organizer and an insightful administrator.
General Zorawar Singh is also credited for training the Dogra Army in the high altitude warfare techniques.
Through his lightning campaigns, he demonstrated how to subdue the high mountains and snowy valleys situated well above 14,000 feet in altitude. He was hard on pursuing aims and objectives of his campaigns, had boldness of design, was fearless in executing his plans even in unexplored high plateaus and desolate frozen plains.
He died in Taklakot, Tibet on 12 Oct 1841 fighting the Tibetans leading from the front.
Even after sustaining a bullet injury on his shoulder, he wielded his sword in one hand and killed many Tibetan soldiers till a lance was thrust through his breast.
The Tibetans appreciated his valiant military leadership and built a ‘Chorten’ (memorial) at To-Yo in modern-day Tibet in his honour.