National symbols of India
National symbols of India

National flag

National flag of India

National flag

A horizontal rectangular tricolour with equally sized deep saffron at the top, white in the middle and India green at the bottom. In the centre is a navy blue wheel with twenty-four spokes, known as the Ashoka Chakra. The flag is based on the Swaraj flag designed by Pingali Venkayya.

National Anthem of India – Jana Gana Mana

TitleJana Gana Mana
Music byRabindranath Tagore
Lyrics byRabindranath Tagore
RagaAlhiya Bilawal
Written on11 December 1911
First sung on27 December 1911
Declared as National Anthem onJanuary 24, 1950
Time to play52 seconds

Jana Gana Mana

Jana Gana Mana by Rabindranath Tagore was officially adopted by the Constituent Assembly as the Indian national anthem on 24 January 1950.

National Anthem of India (Jana Gana Mana) - Lyrics, Translation, Meaning &  History - An Essay
Devanagari scriptOfficial Romanisation
जनगणमन अधिनायक जय हे,
भारत भाग्य विधाता।
पंजाब सिंध गुजरात मराठा,
द्राविड़ उत्कल बंग।
विंध्य हिमाचल यमुना गंगा,
उच्छल जलधि तरंग।
तव शुभ नामे जागे,
तव शुभ आशिष मागे
गाहे तव जय गाथा।
जनगणमंगलदायक जय हे,
भारत भाग्य विधाता।
जय हे, जय हे, जय हे,
जय जय जय जय हे!
Jana gana mana adhinayaka jaya he
Bharata bhagya vidhata
Panjaba Sindh Gujarata Maratha
Dravida Utkala Banga
Vindhya Himachala Yamuna Ganga
uchchala jaladhi taranga
Tava Subha name jage,
tava subha 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.

National Song of India – Vande Mataram

Vande Mataram is our national song written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in the 1870s. this song is a source of motivation for every freedom fighters in the time of independence.

‘Vande Mataram’ originally was India’s national anthem, But ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was adopted as a national anthem after independence. That was written by Chandra Chatterjee Bankim.

The English translation of these songs made by Sri Aurobindo, and in Urdu translated by Aarif Mohammad Khan.

These songs’ first two stanzas are in Sanskrit, and remaining are in Bangla.  It got the status of the National song of India on 24 January 1950 by the Indian Constitution.

Devnagari scriptOfficial Romanisation
वन्दे मातरम्।
सुजलाम् सुफलाम्
मलयज शीतलाम्
सस्यश्यामलाम्
मातरम्।
वन्दे मातरम्।
शुभ्रज्योत्स्नाम्
पुलकितयामिनीम्
फुल्लकुसुमित
द्रुमदलशोभिनीम्
सुहासिनीम्
सुमधुर भाषिणीम्
सुखदाम् वरदाम्
मातरम्।।
वन्दे मातरम्। वन्दे मातरम्।
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!
National Song of India – Vande Mataram

National symbols of India (Tabular)

TitleSymbolImageNotes
National flagFlag of IndiaA horizontal rectangular tricolour with equally sized deep saffron at the top, white in the middle and India green at the bottom. In the centre is a navy blue wheel with twenty-four spokes, known as the Ashoka Chakra. The flag is based on the Swaraj flag designed by Pingali Venkayya.
National emblemNational Emblem of India
National calendarSaka calendar –Saka calendar was introduced by the Calendar Committee in 1957. Usage officially started at 1 Chaitra 1879 Saka Era, or 22 March 1957.
National anthemJana Gana Mana –Jana Gana Mana by Rabindranath Tagore was officially adopted by the Constituent Assembly as the Indian national anthem on 24 January 1950.
National songVande MataramThe first two verses of Vande Mataram by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was adopted as the National Song of India in 1950. “Vande Mataram” was sung during the 1896 session of the Indian National Congress by Rabindranath Tagore.
Oath of allegianceNational PledgeIt was written in Telugu by Pydimarri Venkata Subba Rao in 1962. Central Advisory Board of Education directed that the pledge be sung in Schools and that this practice to be introduced by 26 January 1965.
National flowerIndian lotusLotus flower (978659).jpgLotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is a sacred flower and occupies a unique position in the art and mythology of ancient India and has been an auspicious symbol of Indian culture.
National fruitMangoMangifera indica (Manguier 4).jpgMango (Mangifera indica) originated in India and the country is home to more than 100 varieties of the fruit.
National riverGangaDashawamedha Ghat in Varanasi 1.jpgGanga is the longest river of India with the most heavily populated river basin in the world. The river is revered by Hindus as the most sacred river on earth.
National treeIndian banyanThe great banyan tree.jpgIndian Banyan (Ficus bengalensis) root themselves to form new trees and grow over large areas. Because of this characteristic and its longevity, this tree is considered immortal and is an integral part of the myths and legends of India.
National animalRoyal Bengal tigerRoyal Bengal Tiger at New Delhi.jpgBengal tiger (Panthera tigris Tigris), the largest carnivore is found only in the Indian subcontinent and can be found in most regions of the country.
National aquatic animalRiver dolphinThe magnificent Ganges River Dolphin.jpgGangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica) is said to represent the purity of the holy Ganga River as it can only survive in pure and fresh water.
National birdIndian peacockPfau imponierend.jpgIndian peacock (Pavo cristatus) is designated as the national bird of India. A bird indigenous to the subcontinent, peacock represents the unity of vivid colours and finds references in Indian culture. On February 1, 1963, The Government of India have decided to have the Peacock as the national bird of India. The decision has been taken after considering the views of the State Governments and the opinions expressed in the Press.
National currencyIndian RupeeIndian Rupee symbol.svgIndian Rupee (ISO code: INR) is the official currency of the Republic of India. The issuance of the currency is controlled by the Reserve Bank of India. The Indian rupee symbol is derived from the Devanagari consonant “र” (ra) and the Latin letter “R” was adopted in 2010.
National MicrobeLactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricusLactobacillus delbrueckii (subsp. bulgaricus) has been announced as the National Microbe for India by Jayanthi Natarajan, India’s Minister of State for Environment and Forests on October 18, 2012 during the International Conference on ‘Biodiversity Conservation and Education for Sustainable Development – Learning to Conserve Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World’ held at Hyderabad during CoP-11. The microbe was selected by children who had visited the Science Express Biodiversity Special, a train which has been visiting various stations across the country.
National GameHockeyGetting to the root of the hockey problem - Hindustan TimesThe Republic of India doesn’t signify any game as its National Game but Hockey is considered as the unofficial National Game of the country
National VegetablesBrinjal
National Reptile Of IndiaKing KobraCobra hood.jpgWith its length up to 18.5 to 18.8 ft (5.6 to 5.7 m), King Cobra is the national reptile of India. This venomous snake is found in forests in India through Southeast Asia. It preys on other snakes, lizards and rodents. It has its cultural significance as Hindus worship this reptile.
National Heritage Animal Of India Elephant Elephas maximus (Bandipur).jpgThe national heritage animals of India is Elephant. The Indian elephant is a subspecies of the Asian elephant and found in the mainland Asia. It is listed as one of the endangered animals by IUCN. It can be spotted at four different regions in the country.
National symbols of India

National Animal of India – Bengal Tiger

The Royal Bengal Tiger is an Indian national animal. Bengal tiger is a sign of strength, agility, and power. The tiger is called the Lord of the jungle and reveals India’s rich wildlife. The average lifespan of a tiger is between 8 and 10 years in the wild. In Hindi, people called him “बाघ”.

The Bengal Tiger was declared a national animal in India in April 1973, when the Tiger Project was launch to protect tigers in India. Before that, The lion has been India’s national animal.

Common NameRoyal Bengal Tiger
Scientific NamePanthera tigris tigris
Declared National animal inApril 1973
Found inIndia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh
Average weightMale – 220 Kg & Female – 140 Kg
Average LengthMale – Upto 3 meter & Female – Upto 2.6 meter
Average Lifespan8 to 10 years in wild
Average Speed60 km/h
National Animal of India – Bengal Tiger

National Bird of India – Indian Peafoul

The Indian National Bird is the Indian Peafowl, also called as the Peacock.
The peacock was declared a National Indian Bird in 1963.
Peacock, the symbol of grace, joy, beauty, love and its presence all over the country.

Common NameIndian Peafoul, blue peafowl
Scientific NamePavo cristatus
Designated national bird in1963
Found inApril to May – southern India
June – northern India
January to March – Sri Lanka
HabitatGrasslands, moist and dry deciduous forests, cultivated regions near human habitats, Usually located where water is available.
Eating HabitsOmnivorous
Average weightMale – 5 Kg & Female – 3.5 Kg
Average LengthMale – Upto 1.95 – 2.25 m & Female – Upto 0.95 m
Average Lifespan15 to 20 years in wild
Average Speed13 km/h
National Bird of India – Indian Peafoul

National Heritage Animal of India – Elephant

The elephant is the national heritage animal of India. The Indian elephant is an Asian elephant subspecies discovered in mainland Asia. Indian elephants are reported to be endangered animals by IUCN Red List.

National Calendar of India – Saka calendar

In 1957 the Sak Calendar was started by the Calendar Committee, and it is based on the Saka era. Officially usage of this calendar started on 22 March 1957. This calendar follows the signs of the tropical zodiac.

Chaitraचैत्र
Vaisakhaवैशाख
Jyaisthaज्येष्ठ / जेठ
Asadhaआषाढ़
Sravanaश्रावण / सावन
Bhadraभाद्रपद / भादों
Asvinaअश्विन / क्वार
Kartikaकार्तिक
Agrahayanaअग्रहायण / अगहन
Pausaपौष
Maghaमाघ
Phalgunaफाल्गुन
National Calendar of India – Saka calendar

National Currency of India – Indian Rupee

In 2010, the new rupee symbol (₹) was officially adopted, and the first series started in circulation on 8 July 2011. D. Uday Kumar designs this new rupee coin. To design it, he has referred to the Devanagari consonant ‘र’ and the Latin capital letter ‘R’. Before 2010, India used ‘₨’ and ‘Re’ as symbols of the rupee. The Indian Rupee is regulated (controlled) by the Reserve Bank of India.

Sign
Currency CodeINR
Coins Available₹1, ₹2, ₹5, ₹10
Notes Available₹5, ₹10, ₹20, ₹50, ₹100, ₹200, ₹500, ₹2,000
Central BankReserve Bank of India

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