Also, the Republic Day parade contingent of the Maratha Light Infantry would be present. The families of the light infantry soldiers, who are posted in Delhi will also grace the occasion.
The date holds a historic significance as on this day, in 1670, Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji conquered the famous Kondana Fort, which is now known as Sinhgad today in Maharashtra.
The first battalion of the regiment was raised as the 'Second Battalion Bombay Sepoys' in 1768 which was later known as 'Jangi Paltan 3'.
The Maratha Light Infantry was bestowed with the rare honour of winning two Victoria crosses to two of its soldiers- N.K. Yeshwant Ghadge and Sepoy Namdev Jadhav.
It was also the first infantry regiment of the Army to be awarded the title of 'Light Infantry' during the First Afghan War in 1841.
The Maratha Light Infantry has a proud history of gallantry as it was honoured with 15 battle honours in the First World War. In the second World War, the regiment's strength increased from six to 13 battalions.
The Maratha Light Infantry is the only regiment which has contributed two battalions of the special forces to the Indian Army. The regiment has an affiliation with 10 Mechanised Infantry regiments, two artillery regiments and an air defence regiment in the Army.
The regiment has an inter-service affiliation with Indian Naval Ship (INS) Mumbai, the 20th Squadron Air Force (Sukhoi) and Indian Coast Guard air station in Daman and Diu. (ANI)