The Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) (lit. great warrior medal) is the second-highest military decoration in India, after the Param Vir Chakra, and is awarded for acts of conspicuous gallantry in the presence of the enemy, whether on land, at sea or in the air.
It replaced the British Distinguished Service Order (DSO). The medal may be awarded posthumously.
The medal is made of standard silver and is circular in shape. Embossed on the obverse is a five-pointed heraldic star with a circular centre-piece bearing the gilded state emblem of India in the centre. The words "Mahavira Chakra" are embossed in Hindi and English on the reverse with two lotus flowers in the middle.
The decoration is worn on the left chest with a half-white and half-orange riband about 3.2 cm in width, the orange being near the left shoulder. History of MVC: More than 218 acts of bravery and selfless courage have been recognized since the inception of the medal.
The most MVCs awarded in a single conflict was in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 when eleven were given to the Indian Air Force.
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