The flag shall be a tricolour panel made up of three rectangular panels or sub - panels of equal widths. The colours of the top panels shall be India - saffron ( kesari ), and that of the bottom panel shall be India - green, the middle panel shall be white bearing at its centre the design of Ashoka Chakra in navy blue colour.
The Ashoka Chakra shall have 24 spokes equally spaced and shall preferably be screen printed or otherwise printed or stencilled or suitably embroidered with navy blue colour. In all the cases, the chakra shall be completely visible on both sides of the flag in the centre of the white panel.
The National Emblem of India is a replica of the Lion of Sarnath, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The Lion Capital was erected in the 3rd Century B.C by Emperor Ashoka to mark the spot where Buddha first proclaimed his gospel of peace and emancipation to the four quarters of the Universe. The National Emblem is thus symbolic of India's commitment to world peace and goodwill. The four lions (one hidden from view) - symbolizing power, courage and confidence,rest on a circular abacus.
The abacus is girded by four smaller animals - guardians of the four directions: the lion in the north, the elephant in the east, the horse in south and the bull in the west. The abacus rests on a lotus in full bloom, exemplifying the fountainhead of life and creative inspiration.
The motto 'Satyameva Jayate' inscribed below the emblem in Devanagari script means "Truth Alone Triumphs".
The national anthem was composed by Rabindranath Tagore in Hindi . He also composed many lovely songs and beautiful short stories which are popular with the elites as well as the rough peasants. The songs were based on the beauty of India's scenery, the beauty of women and the sufferings of the masses. He was awarded th Nobel Peace Prize in 1913 for his literary works.
Vande Mataram Sujalam Suphalam
Malayaja Shitalam Shasyashyamalamm
Shobinim Suhasinim Sumadhura
Bhasinim Sujhadam varadam
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I bow to the Mother, Richly watered, richly fruited
Cool with the winds of the South,
Dark with the crops of the harvests,
Her nights rejoicing in the Glory of the moonlight
Her hands clothed beautifully with her trees in flowering bloom
Sweet of laughter, sweet of speech The Mother, giver of boons,giver of Bliss.
India is my country. All Indians are my brothers and sisters.
I Love my country. I am proud of its rich and varied culture. I shall always strive to be worthy of it.
I shall love and respect my parents, teachers and elders.
To my country and my people I pledge my devotion
National Integration Pledge|
I solemnly pledge to work with dedication to preserve and strengthen the freedom and integrity of the nation.
I further affirm that I shall never resort to violence and that all differences and disputes relating to religion, language, region or other political or economic grievances should be settled by peaceful and constitutional means.
In theri well being and prosperity alone lies my happiness.
The Lotus or water lily is an aquatic plant of Nymphaea with broad floating leaves and bright fragrant flowers that grow only in shallow waters. The leaves and flowers float and have long stems that contain air spaces. The big attractive flowers have many petals overlapping in a symmetrical pattern.
The root functions are carried out by rhizomes that fan out horizontally through the mud below the water. Lotuses, prized for their serene beauty, are delightful to behold as their blossoms open on the surface of a pond.
In India the sacred lotus is legendary and much folklore and religious mythology is woven around it.
The Peacock has been given a proud position in India. It is taken as the bird to represent the whole country. The male has gorgeous tail feathers, which have a striking color combination. The tail spreads out for over a meter. During rains or at times when it feels excited it spreads its tail in the form of a fan and dances, which is a magnificent sight. It produces a raucous, harsh and penetrating sound, which is termed ugly when compared to its elegant poise.
Peacocks are found throughout India up to a height of 5000 ft. They feed on grains, vegetables, snakes, and insects. They normally roost on big trees. They are known to move only in groups. Poaching of these birds is strictly prohibited throughout India.
Tigers are very graceful and majestic in appearance. The Indian tiger has a golden yellow color with black strips and a shorthaired coat. Some tigers in India are white in color as found in the famous Gir forests of Gujarat.
The tigers in the Sunderbans and the Himalayan regions are bigger than those found in Madhya Pradesh and in South India. Tigers normally live in evergreen forests. In the Sunderbans they lead an amphibious life.
The lifespan of a tiger is around 20 years. They hunt almost all wild animals even the big elephants.
Indian national tree is the fig tree, Ficus bengalensis, whose branches root themselves like new trees over a large area. The roots give rise to more trunks and branches.
Because of this characteristic and its longevity, this tree is considered immortal and is an integral part of the myths and legends of India. Even today, the banyan tree is the focal point of village life and the village council in most areas meets under the shade of this tree.
A fleshy fruit, eaten ripe or used green for pickles etc., of the tree Mangifera indica, the mango is one of the most important and widely cultivated fruits of the tropical world, especially in India and hence it is its national fruit.
Its juicy pulp is a rich source of Vitamins A, C and D. In India there are over100 varieties of mangoes, in different sizes, shapes and colours. Mangoes, have been cultivated in India from time immemorial.
The poet Kalidasa sang its praises. Alexander savoured its taste, as did the Chinese pilgrim Hieun Tsang. Akbar planted 100,000 mango trees in Darbhanga, known as Lakhi Bagh.
Hockey is the National Game of India. Unmatched excellence and incomparable virtuosity brought India a string of Olympic gold medals. The Golden Era of hockey in India was the period from 1928 - 1956 when India won 6 consecutive gold medals in the Olympics.
During the Golden Era, India played 24 Olympic matches, won all 24, scored 178 goals (at an average of 7.43 goals per match) and conceded only 7 goals. The two other gold medals for India came in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the 1980 Moscow Olympics.