NATIONAL SYMBOLS OF INDIA

NATIONAL FLAG

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The National Flag is a horizontal tricolour flag.

Top : Deep saffron (kesaria) : indicates strength and courage of the country

Middle : White, in the centre of the white band is a navy-blue wheel which represents the chakra (24 spokes). : indicates peace and truth with Dharma Chakra.

Bottom : Dark green : indicates fertility, growth and auspiciousness of the land

  • The ratio of width of the flag to its length – 2:3
  • Designer of the Indian national flag  fighter –  Pingali Venkayya (2 August 1876 – 4 July 1963), Indian freedom
  • Design of the National Flag was adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India – 22 July 1947

NATIONAL EMBLEM

The emblem is an adaptation of the Lion Capital of Ashoka which was erected around 250 BC at Sarnath, near Varanasi in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

In the original, there are four lions, standing back to back, mounted on an abacus with a frieze carrying sculptures in high relief of an elephant, a galloping horse, a bull and a lion separated by intervening wheels over a bell-shaped lotus. Carved out of a single block of polished sandstone, the Capital is crowned by the Wheel of the Law (Dharma Chakra).

It was adopted on 26 January 1950, the day that India became a republic.

NATIONAL MOTTO

  • Sanskrit: Satyameva Jayate
  • English : Truth Alone Triumphs

The origin of the motto is well-known mantra 3.1.6 from the Mundaka Upanishad. It is inscribed in Devanagari script at the base of the national emblem. The emblem and the words “Satyameva Jayate” are inscribed on one side of all Indian currency.

In Devanāgarī

सत्यमेव जयते नानृतं

सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः |

येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा

यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ||६||

In English

Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood

Through truth the divine path is spread out

by which the sages whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach

where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.

 NATIONAL ANTHEM

Hindi               :               Jana Gana Mana

English            :               Thou Art the Ruler of the Minds of All People

Lyrics              :               Rabindranath Tagore, 1911

Music              :               Rabindranath Tagore, 1911

Adopted          :               by the Constituent Assembly on 24 January 1950

Written in        :               Sanskritised (Tatsama) Bengali, it is the first of five stanzas of a Brahmo hymn

First sung in    :               Calcutta Session of the INC on 27 December 1911

Rabindranath Tagore translated “Jana Gana Mana” from Bengali to English and also set it to music in Madanapalle, a town located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh state, India.

Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he,

Bharata-bhagya-vidhata.

Punjab-Sindhu-Gujarat-Maratha,

Dravida-Utkala-Banga,

Vindhya-Himachala-Yamuna-Ganga Uchchala-Jaladhi-taranga.

Tava shubha name jage, Tava shubha asisa mage,

Gahe tava jaya gatha,

Jana-gana-mangala-dayaka jaya he Bharata-bhagya-vidhata.

Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he, Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he!

 The following is a translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s rendering of the stanza:

 “Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,

dispenser of India’s destiny.

The name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind, Gujarat and Maratha,

of the Dravid and Odisha and Bengal;

It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,

mingles in the music of the Yamuna and Ganga

and is chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea.

They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.

The salvation of all people is in thy hand,

thou dispenser of India’s destiny.

Victory, victory, victory to thee.”

 NATIONAL SONG

Hindi                :               Vande Mataram

English             :               I Bow to Thee, Mother

Lyrics               :               Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Anandamath (1882)

Music               :               Jadunath Bhattacharya

Adoptation       :               Anandamath (Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1882 novel)

Adopted           :               24 January 1950

First sung        :                by Rabindranath Tagore at the 1896 session of the Indian National Congress

 Vande Mataram

Sujalam, suphalam, malayaja shitalam,

Shasyashyamalam, Mataram!

Vande Mataram!

Shubhrajyotsna pulakitayaminim,

Phullakusumita drumadala shobhinim,

Suhasinim sumadhura bhashinim,

Sukhadam varadam, Mataram!

Vande Mataram, Vande Mataram!

 The English translation of the stanza rendered by Sri Aurobindo in prose 1 is:

 I bow to thee, Mother,

richly-watered, richly-fruited,

cool with the winds of the south,

dark with the crops of the harvests,

The Mother!

Her nights rejoicing in the glory of the moonlight,

her lands clothed beautifully with her trees in flowering bloom,

sweet of laughter, sweet of speech,

The Mother, giver of boons, giver of bliss.

 NATIONAL CALENDAR

The Indian national calendar, sometimes called the Saka calendar, is the official civil calendar in use in India. It is used, alongside the Gregorian calendar, by The Gazette of India, in news broadcasts by All India Radio and in calendars and communications issued by the Government of India.

Adopted from                       : 22 March 1957

 National Animal                  : The Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris)

National Bird                       : The Indian Peacock (Pavo cristatus)

National Flower                   : Indian Lotus (Nelumbo Nucifera)

National Tree                       : Indian Banyan or Indian fig tree (Ficus bengalensis)

National Fruit                      : Mango (Manigifera indica)

National River                     : The Ganga or Ganges

National Aquatic Animal      : Gangetic Dolphin (Platanista gangetica)

National Currency Symbol : The Indian Rupee symbol (Rs.)is an amalgam of Devanagari “Ra” and the Roman Capital “R” with two parallel horizontal stripes running at the top representing the national flag and also the “equal to” sign. Adopted : by the Government of India on 15th July, 2010. Designed by : Udaya Kumar

 STATES/UNION TERRITORY AND CAPITALS OF INDIA

No. State Administrative capital Legislative capital Judiciary capitals Year of Est.
1 Andhra Pradesh *Hyderabad *Hyderabad *Hyderabad

(1956–present)

1956
2 Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar Itanagar Guwahati 1987
3 Assam Dispur Guwahati Guwahati 1975
4 Bihar Patna Patna Patna 1935
5 Chhattisgarh Raipur Raipur Bilaspur 2000
6 Goa Panaji Porvorim Mumbai 1961
7 Gujarat Gandhinagar Gandhinagar Ahmedabad 1960
8 Haryana Chandigarh Chandigarh Chandigarh 1966
9 Himachal Pradesh Shimla Shimla Shimla 1971
10 Jammu and Kashmir Srinagar (S)
Jammu (W)
Srinagar (S)
Jammu (W)
Srinagar (S)
Jammu (W)
1948
11 Jharkhand Ranchi Ranchi Ranchi 2000
12 Karnataka Bengaluru Bengaluru Bengaluru 1956
13 Kerala Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram Kochi 1956
14 Madhya Pradesh Bhopal Bhopal Jabalpur 1956
15 Maharashtra Mumbai
Nagpur (W/2nd)
Mumbai (S+B)
Nagpur (W)
Mumbai 1818
1960
16 Manipur Imphal Imphal Imphal 1947
17 Meghalaya Shillong Shillong Shillong 1970
18 Mizoram Aizawl Aizawl Guwahati 1972
19 Nagaland Kohima Kohima Guwahati 1963
20 Odisha Bhubaneshwar Bhubaneshwar Cuttack 1948
21 Punjab Chandigarh Chandigarh Chandigarh 1966
22 Rajasthan Jaipur Jaipur Jodhpur 1948
23 Sikkim Gangtok Gangtok Gangtok 1975
24 Tamil Nadu Chennai Chennai Chennai 1956
25 Telangana Hyderabad Hyderabad Hyderabad 2014
26 Tripura Agartala Agartala Agartala 1956
27 Uttar Pradesh Lucknow Lucknow Allahabad 1937
28 Uttarakhand Dehradun Dehradun Nainital 2000
29 West Bengal Kolkata Kolkata Kolkata 1947

After the formation of Telangana, as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, both states will share Hyderabad as their common capital for ten years. The new Andhra Pradesh Capital City capital is going to be Amaravati, decided by the Andhra Pradesh government in the month of April, 2015.

No. Union territory Administrative capital Legislative capital Judiciary capitals Year of Est.
1 Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair Port Blair Kolkata

(formerly Calcutta)

1956
2 Chandigarh Chandigarh Chandigarh 1966
3 Dadra and Nagar Haveli Silvassa Mumbai 1944
4 Daman and Diu Daman Mumbai 1987
5 Lakshadweep Kavaratti Kavaratti Kochi
6 National Capital Territory of Delhi Delhi Delhi 1952
7 Puducherry Puducherry Puducherry Chennai 1954
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