The National Anthem- Do you know what you sing?



Wishing all my fellow Indians a very Happy Independence day.

It’s a day that arouses patriotism and love for the country like no other. Thousands gather on the streets of every city, town, and village echoing patriotic songs like Mere Desh Ki Dharti and Aye Mere Vatan Ke Logo.

It’s a day we remember the many soldiers who laid down their lives for freedom, a day when  we proudly sing our national anthem Jana Gana mana. 

Granted, most Indians sing it with much gusto, but many do so without knowing or understanding what it means. So let’s look at our anthem.

Jana gana mana adhinayaka jaya he
Bharata bhagya vidhata
Panjaba Sindhu Gujarata Maratha
Dravida Utkala Vanga
Vindhya Himachala Yamuna Ganga
Ucchala jaladhi taranga
Tav subha name jage
Tav subha asisa mage
Gahe taba jaya gatha
Jana gana mangala dayaka jaya he
Bharata bhagya vidhata
Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he
Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he!

And this is what it means.

Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
Dispenser of India’s destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sindhu,
Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravida and Orissa and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges and is
chanted by the waves of the Indian Ocean.
They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.
The saving of all people waits in thy hand
Thou dispenser of India’s destiny.
Victory forever.


It’s a proclamation to the sovereign Lord who’s in control of the entire universe. It’s a prayer seeking God almighty for his blessings and a recognition: that the saving of all people waits in his hand.

Another song that’s very patriotic in India is Vande Mantaram. This song gives worship to Mother India, to the land. And the translation is: the Mother, the giver of boons and the giver of bliss. This song is controversial since it worships the mother land rather than the Almighty.
Personally, I think the National anthem is brilliant and I want to look to the Sovereign Lord who holds India in his hands.
What about you?

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One Response to The National Anthem- Do you know what you sing?

  1. Anu Immanuel says:

    I sang the national anthem all these years without knowing it’s meaning. Thanks for the translation.

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