Arjuna Award

File:Arjuna Halebidu.jpg
The great archer Arjuna and his bow are carved in a temple wall at Halebidu in Karnataka, which is in western India.

The Arjuna Awards were established by the government of India in 1961. The honour recognizes "outstanding achievement in sports and games". The award includes a cash prize.[1] The Arjuna Awards recognise the achievements of the country’s sportsmen.[2]

The symbol of the award is a small bronze statue of Arjuna with his bow.[3]

International competitions

The Indian government confers Arjuna Award on selected athletes who take part in Olympic Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cup Championships and sports for the physically challenged.[4]


  1. India Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (YAS), "Arjuna Award"; retrieved 2012-7-20.
  2., "Arjuna Awards in India" retrieved 2012-8-3.
  3. Arjuna is an Indian literary figure who is known for his skill in archery.
  4. YAS, "Scheme For The Arjuna Awards For Outstanding Performance In Sports And Games"; retrieved 2012-7-20.

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