The Indian National Anthem – 7 Interesting Facts

Jana gana mana adhi naayaka jaya hai!
Bhaarat bhaagya vidhaata
Punjab Sindh Gujarat Maratha,
Dravid Utkala Bangaa.

Vindhya Himachal Yamuna Ganga,
Uchhala jaladhi taranga.

Tava shubh naame jaage,
Tava shubh aashish maage,
Gahe tava jaya-gaatha.

Jana-gana-mangaladayaka jaya hai!
Bharat bhagya vidhata.

Jaya hai! Jaya hai! Jaya hai!
Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya hai!

The National Anthem of India is “Jana Gana Mana”, which was initially written in Bengali by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in 1911. The Hindi version was adopted by the Constituent Assembly 24th January 1950. The National Anthem of our country was sung for the first time at the Kolkata Session of the Indian National Congress on 27th December 1911.

7 Interesting Facts About the Indian National Anthem

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  • Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote the National Anthem of India. Mr. Tagore has written the National Anthem for Bangladesh as well.
  • The lines of India’s National Anthem was set initially in Raga Alhaiya Bilawal. Still, it is sung with slight variations to the classical form of the raga and sangeet.
  • The first version of the anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was sung in an agreement of the Indian National Congress in 1911 at Calcutta. In 1942, ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was performed for the first time in Hamburg.
  • The Jana Gana Mana was then declared as an India’s National Anthem on 24th January 1950.
  • The official version of the National Anthem of India should take 52 seconds by law, and not 54 seconds.
  • In 2015, Rajasthan Governor demanded to replace the word ‘Adhinayaka’ with the word ‘Mangal’, constructing his contention in light of the myth Tagore himself smashed in 1939.
  • Subhas Chandra Bose had also authorized a free translation of the National Anthem of India from Sanskritized Bengali to a popular form in Hindustani.


The country’s National Anthem represents an impulse in every single Indian to stand up the second you hear the pride bringing words, leaving all that one is busy with. The touching composition and the evocative lyrics undoubtedly move you into the realm of patriotism, at least momentarily.

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