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Padma Vibhushan
Awarded by
Emblem of India.svg
Government of India
Country India
Type National Civilian
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Obverse A centrally located lotus flower is embossed and the text "Padma" written in Devanagari script is placed above and the text "Vibhushan" is placed below the lotus.
Reverse A platinum Emblem of India placed in the centre with the national motto of India, "Satyameva Jayate" (Truth alone triumphs) in Devanagari Script
Established 1954
Previous name(s) Padma Vibhushan "Pahela Warg" (Class I)
First awarded 1954
Last awarded 2019
Total awarded 307
Next (higher) Bharat Ratna Ribbon.svg Bharat Ratna
Next (lower) IND Padma Bhushan BAR.png Padma Bhushan

Padma Vibhushan is the second highest civilian award of India after the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna. This award was followed by Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. This award was started to be awarded to the citizens of India since 1954. This award was awarded to the recipients on the Republic Day of India.

The first recipients to be awarded with Padma Vibhushan are Satyendra Nath Bose, Nand Lal Bose, Zakir Hussain, Balasaheb Gangadhar Kher, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and V.K.Krishna Menon. Vikram Sarabhai became the first person to be awarded Padma Vibhushan posthumously in 1972.

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