Param Vir Chakra
The Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is awarded to officers and enlisted personnel of all military branches for
the highest degree of valour and self sacrifice in the presence of the enemy and may be awarded posthumously. The PVC is a post-Independent equivalent of the Victoria Cross (VC).The medal is a circular Bronze disc with a 1-3/8 inch diameter. In
the center, on a raised circle, is the state emblem surrounding which are four replicas of Indra's Vajra. The decoration is suspended from a straight swiveling suspension bar.
The Ashoka Chakra is awarded for valour, courageous action or self sacrifice away from the battle field. It may be awarded to civilians as well as
military personnel and may be awarded posthumously. It is the peace time equivalent of the Param Vir Chakra, and is awarded for the "Most conspicuous Bravery other than in the face of the enemy". This medal too is a circular Bronze disc with a 1-3/8 inch diameter. In the center lies the chakra (wheel) of Ashoka, surrounded by a lotus wreath with an ornate edge. Suspended by a straight bar suspender, the medal is named on the edge. On the reverse is "Ashoka Chakra" in Hindi along the upper edge of the medal and the same name in English along the lower rim.
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