Uttarakhand Ratna
Highest civilian award of Uttarakhand
Awarded forAwarded for contributions in any field of human endeavour
Sponsored byGovernment of Uttarakhand
Presented byGovernor of Uttarakhand / Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
First awarded2016
Last awarded2016
Total awarded9
First winner
Next (higher) Padma Shri
EquivalentUttarakhand Gaurav Samman
Next (lower)Uttarakhand Lifetime Achievement Award

Uttarakhand Ratna is one of the two highest civilian award of the State of Uttarakhand, along with Uttarakhand Gaurav Samman. It is awarded to a person for their extraordinary contribution in any field of human endeavour. It was constituted in the year 2016 by the Government of Uttarakhand. There have been a total of 9 recipients of this award.[1][2][3]


The Uttarakhand Ratna award was constituted by former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat in 2016, on the occasion of 16th anniversary of Uttarakhand State Foundation Day which falls on 9 November each year.[4][5]

The Award

The recipients of Uttarakhand Ratna each get a memento, commendation letter and shawl with a sum of 500,000.[6]

List of Uttarakhand Ratna recipients

   # Posthumous recipient
Year Image Laureates Life span Field / Work Notes
2016 Badri Datt Pandey 1882–1965 Indian independence movement, Coolie-Begar movement Popularly known as Kumaon Kesari ("The Lion of Kumaon"), Pandey was a historian, journalist and independence activist from Uttarakhand. In post-independence India, he was elected Member of Parliament to the 1st Lok Sabha from Almora.
Chandra Singh Garhwali 1891–1979 Indian independence movement Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali as he is popularly known, was a British Indian Army World War I veteran of the Royal Garhwal Rifles. He's famed for defying the orders of British Army officers to fire the unarmed protestors in Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province.
Gaura Devi 1925–1991 Chipko movement Gaura Devi is known for leading the Chipko environmental movement in the Garhwal Himalayas region of Uttarakhand.
Ghanshyam Giri
Social service Mahant Ghanshyam Giri is a spiritual leader, social activist and former MLA elected to the 4th Uttar Pradesh Assembly from Haridwar.
Indramani Badoni 1924–1999 Indian independence movement, Uttarakhand movement, Social service Veteran politician, freedom fighter and a social activist from Uttarakhand, Badoni is known for his leading role in the Uttarakhand statehood movement. He was a founding member of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal. He's popularly called the Gandhi of Uttarakhand for his practice of non-violence and satyagraha.
Jayanand Bharati 1881–1952 Indian independence movement, Social reform Jayanand Bharati was an Independence activist and social reformer known for leading the Dola-Palki movement in Garhwal, Uttarakhand. He is also credited for the promotion and expansion of Arya Samaj in Uttarakhand.
Mangala Devi born 1956 Social service, Philanthropy Mata Managla Devi is a spiritual leader associated with the Divine Light Mission. Known for her social and philanthropic work in the fields of health and education.
Narayan Datt Tiwari 1925–2018 Public affair Veteran politician and former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand (2002–2007), Tiwari also served as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh thrice in the undivided Uttar Pradesh. He held union cabinet protfolios of finance, defence and external affairs in the Rajiv Gandhi ministry.
Sri Dev Suman 1916–1944 Indian independence movement, Civil and political rights activism Sri Dev Suman was an independence activist, journalist and civil rights leader from the Princely State of Tehri Garhwal. He founded the Himalaya Seva Sangh and Tehri Rajya Praja Mandal Parishad to lead the resistance against the authoritarian regime of princely state for which he was imprisoned in Tehri, where he went on his historical 84 days hunger strike that ultimately claimed his life at the age of 28.

See also


  1. ^ "Govt felicitates eight persons with Uttarakhand Ratna". The Pioneer. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  2. ^ "एनडी तिवारी समेत नौ विभूतियों को मिला उत्तराखंड रत्न". Amar Ujala (in Hindi). 10 November 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  3. ^ "नौ विभूतियों को मिला उत्तराखंड रत्न सम्मान". Jagran (in Hindi). 9 November 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  4. ^ Rai, Mayank (9 November 2016). "राज्य स्थापना पर शुरू किया गया उत्तराखंड रत्न पुरस्कार". News18 Hindi (in Hindi). Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Uttarakhand Ratna for ND Tiwari". India Today. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  6. ^ "माता मंगला उत्तराखंड रत्न से सम्मानित". Khabar Uttarakhand (in Hindi). 29 November 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2020.