National Song of India

The National Song of India, Vande Mataram was by one of the greatest novelists and poets of India, Shri Bankimchandra Chattyopadhay, on 7th November, 1875, which was KarthiK Purnima according to the Hindu calendar. This song was featured in the novel Ananda Math by Shri Bankim Chandra. Shri Rabindranath Tagore gave the song its glorious tunes, and the essence of the song was kept intact while the translation was done into English by Shri Aurobindo.


Shri Bankim Chandra conceived the idea of the song Vande Mataram 7 years before he wrote the novel Ananda Math. Shri Bamkim Chandra was on a train journey in 1875. The scenery outside the window of the train with lush green foliage, and rainbow coloured flowers, the beautiful lakes and the hurrying streams nourishing the plants enthralled Shri Bankim Chandra. He was absolutely captivated by the magical spell of nature in all her splendour, and the poet in him was awakened to write the exquisite verses of Vande Mataram, depicting his land, his country, his mother divine, India.

Shri Bankim Chandra found an ideal place for the song in his historical novel Ananda Math based on the Sanyasi Rabellion and the song became public on April 14th 1906, in Barisal.

The cry of Vande Mataram became a weapon for the freedom fighters that shook the very foundation of the British Raj. In fact the freedom fighters that were sent to the gallows had the Bhagwad Gita in one hand, and the words Vande Mataram on their dying lips.

Adoption as the National Song

Originally Vande Mataram was considered for the status of the National Anthem but the inclusion of the Hindu Goddess Durga in the song as well as the communal angle to it deterred the leaders from making it the anthem. The first President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad adopted the first paragraph of the beautiful verses of Vande Mataram as the National Song on January 24th, 1950.


The song eulogizes India, and lends the country a divine stature by depicting it as a Goddess. India is described for her beautiful traditions and rich cultural heritage, and the wealth of natural resources that are available. India has been portrayed as a mother, and the citizens as her children, whom she takes care of with unconditional and infinite love. In reciprocation the citizens of India are ready to lay down their lives to protect the sanctity of the mother they love.

Vande Mataram

Title: Vande Mataram

Written by: Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay

Featured in: Anadamath

Written on: November 7, 1875

Published on: 1882

Language: Sanskrit

Raga: Desh

Music : Jadunath Bhattacharya

First publication of translated version on: November 20, 1909

English Translation : Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

First Performed on: 1896

First Performed by: Rabindranath Tagore

Adopted : January 24, 1950

वंदे मातरम्

वंदे मातरम् ।

सुजलां सुफलां मलयजशीतलाम-
शसयशयामलां मातरम्- ।
सुहासिनीं सुमधुर भाषिणीं
सुखदां वरदां मातरम्- ॥
वंदे मातरम्- ।

अबला केन मा एत बले ।
बहुबलधारिणीं नमामि तारिणीं
रिपुदलवारिणीं मातरम्- ॥
वंदे मातरम्- ।

तुमि विदयाए तुमि धरम
तुमि हृदिए तुमि मरम
तवं हि पराणाः शरीरे
बाहुते तुमि मा शकति
हृदये तुमि मा भकति
तोमारई परतिमा गडि मनदिरे.मनदिरे मातरम्- ॥
वंदे मातरम्- ।

तवं हि दुरगा दशपरहरणधारिणी
कमला कमलदलविहारिणी
वाणी विदयादायिनीए नामामि तवाम-
कमलां अमलां अतुलां सुजलां सुफलां मातरम्- ॥
वंदे मातरम्- ।

शयामलां सरलां सुसमितां भूषितां
धरणीं भरणीं मातरम्- ॥
वंदे मातरम्- ।

Vande Mataram

Vande Mataram!
Sujalam suphalam, malayaja shitalam,
Shasyashyamalam, Mataram!
Shubhrajyotsna pulakitayaminim,
Phullakusumita drumadala shobhinim,
Suhasinim, sumadhura bhashinim,
Sukhadam, varadam, Mataram!

Saptakotikantha kalakala ninada karale
Dvisaptakoti bhujair dhrita-khara karavale
Abala kena ma eta bale
Bahubala dharinim, namami tarinim,
Ripudalavarinim Mataram!

Tumi vidya, tumi dharma,
Tumi hridi, tumi marma,
Tvam hi pranah sharire!

Bahute tumi ma shakti,
Hridaye tumi ma bhakti,
Tomarayipratima gari mandire mandire!

Tvam hi Durga dashapraharana dharini,
Kamala, Kamaladalaviharini,
Vani, vidyadayini namami tvam,

Namami Kamalam, amalam, atulam,
Sujalam, suphalam, Mataram,
Vande Mataram!

Shyamalam, saralam, susmitam, bhushitam,
Dharanim, bharanim, Mataram!

- Shri Bankimchandra Chattyopadhay

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