Major M Saravanan was born on 10 Aug 1972 in Rameshwaram in Tamilnadu.

Son of an army officer Lt Col Adi Mariappan and  Amrithavalli Mariyappan, Major Saravanan had made up his mind to follow in the footsteps of his father since his childhood.

His father Lt. Colonel Adi Mariappan a doctor in the army died in a road accident in Bangalore in 1989, while serving in the Indian Peace Keeping Force during Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka.

Maj Saravanan, after completing his schooling in various places — Belgaum, Kannoor, Gurdaspur, Jorhat, and Bihar, joined St Joseph’s College in Tiruchirapalli.

During his college days, he was the president of the student union in 1992 and was a C certificate holder of NCC.Major Saravanan graduated from the Officers Training Academy in 1995 and was commissioned into 1 Bihar of the Bihar Regiment; a regiment known for its numerous battle honours.  After passing out of OTA, he was posted to Tamulpur, Cooch Bihar, and Bhutan before moving to Kargil.

He was promoted to the rank of captain in 1996 and major in 1999.

Major Saravanan was one of the first officers to be martyred in Operation Vijay on 29 May, 1999

Major M Saravanan is survived by his mother Amrithavalli Mariyappan, and two sisters  Chitra and Revathy.

Mrs. Dr. Chitraa Senthil Kumar M.B.B.S., D.Ch. is an Assistant. Surgeon, Govt. of Tamilnadu. And Mrs Revathi Deepak is a software engineer, currently residing in the United States.