National Symbols Of India

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National Symbols Of India

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  • The Republic of India has several official national symbols including a historical document, a flag, an emblem, an anthem, a memorial tower as well as several national heroes.
  • All the symbols were picked up at various times. The design of the national flag was officially adopted by the Constituent Assembly just before independence, on the 22nd of July in 1947.
  • There are also several other symbols including the national animal, bird, flower, fruit and tree and game.

S. NoCategorySymbolRelated Persons / Details
1National Flag of India Horizontal rectangular tricolour of India saffron, white and India green; with the Ashoka Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel, in navy blue at its centreOur National Flag was designed by Mr. Pingali Venkayya of Andhra Pradesh. It was adopted during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly held on 22 July 1947.
2State Emblem of IndiaAn adaptation from the Sarnath Lion Capital of AshokaIt is preserved in the Varanasi Sarnath Museum in India. the emblem was officially adopted on 26 January 1950.
3National Anthem of India“Jana Gana Mana”It was composed in Bengali by poet Rabindranath Tagore. was adopted in its Hindi version on 24 January 1950. It was first publicly sung on 27 December 1911 at the Calcutta (now, Kolkata).
4National Song of India“Vande Mataram”It is a Bengali poem written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in 1870s, which he included in his 1881 novel Anandamath. The poem was composed into song by Rabindranath Tagore. The first two verses of the song were adopted as the National Song of India in October 1937 by Congress Working Committee prior to the end of colonial rule in August 1947. After Independence, it was adopted on Jan 24th, 1950.
5National PledgeIt was originally written by the Pydimarri Venkata Subba Rao ( an author and a bureaucrat) in Telugu language in 1962. First it was read in the Visakhapatnam in 1963 in a school. Later it was translated to various regional languages accordingly. The practice of reciting it in the schools was introduced in 1965 on 26th of January
6National CurrencyIndian Rupee The Indian rupee symbol is derived from the Devanagari consonant "र" (ra) and the Latin letter "R" was adopted in 2010. Udaya Kumar Dharmalingam born 10 October 1978 in Kallakurichi, Tamil Nadu is the designer of the Indian rupee sign. He is an assistant professor at IIT Guwahati.
7National Calendar of IndiaCalendar based on Saka EraUsage started officially at 1 Chaitra 1879, Saka Era, or 22 March 1957. Meghnad Saha was the head of the Calendar Reform Committee. The "Day of Silence", is a celebration of the Saka new year in Bali.
8National Animal of IndiaBengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)Adopted in April, 1973. The largest carnivore is found only in the Indian subcontinent
9National River of IndiaRiver GangaIt was declared on November 4, 2008. The Ganga is the longest river of India flowing over 2,510 kms. It originates in the snowfields of the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas as the Bhagirathi River.
10National Heritage Animal of IndiaIndian Elephant (Elephas maximus indicus)Declared on october 22, 2010 by Environment Ministry of India.
11National Aquatic Animal of IndiaGangetic Dolphin (Platanista gangetica)Declared on 5th October. Guwahati is the first Indian city to have an animal Mascot as Gangetic river dolphin, It is the first city in India to have a city animal. River dolphin is locally known as Sihu
12National Bird of IndiaIndian peacock (Pavo cristatus)Declared on February 1, 1963. Indian Peacock or Blue Peacock (Pavo cristatus).
13National Tree of IndiaIndian banyan (Ficus bengalensis)Adopted on 1950.
14National Flower of IndiaLotus (Nelumbo nucifera) It 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 since time immemorial.
15National Fruit of IndiaMango (Mangifera indica)The great Moghul emperor Akabar had planted about 100,000 mango trees in Lakhi Bagh in Darbhanga.
16National MicrobeLactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. BulgaricusIt has been announced on October 18, 2012 during the International Conference on ‘Biodiversity Conservation and Education for Sustainable Development held at Hyderabad during CoP-11. The microbe was selected by children who had visited the Science Express Biodiversity Special Train.

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