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Forget Karnataka's flag, listen to Bihar's own state anthem

Bihar is the only state in the Hindi belt with its own anthem

Anish Kumar  |  New Delhi 

Bihar, Bodh Gaya
Buddha statue near Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya. Photo: Shutterstock.com

The government of calls it the ‘state song and prayer’. Running two minutes and 41 seconds, titled '- The garland of India', sung by Bollywood singers and Sadhna Sargam, the song has catapulted into an exclusive league of Indian states with their own official songs. 

“Yes it is the official song of It was written 5 years ago to mark the occasion of 100 years with Divas celebrated on March 22 every year,” confirmed Shailesh Kumar, JD(U) member of Assembly from Jamalpur. Divas marks the day when the state of was carved out of the Bengal Presidency in 1912. It is celebrated with fervour by residents of and people from settled across the globe. Nitish Kumar, who was the chief minister of when this song was penned, had personally supervised the grandiose year-long celebrations marking 100 years of in 2012. 

While states like Karnataka have been trying to moot the idea of their own state flag, an official state song has been adopted by some states other than as well. Most of these are south of the Vindhyas. They include Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and, of course, Karnataka. In addition, the northeastern state of Assam also has its own state anthem. But in the Hindi-belt, only stands out for having its own state anthem. 

Here is the full text of Bihar’s state anthem: 

Mere Bharat ke kanth-haar
Tujhko shat-shat vandan Bihar
Mere Bharat ke kanth-haar
Tujhko shat-shat vandan Bihar

Ye Valmiki ki Ramayan, 
Tu Vaishali ka loktantra
Tu Bodhisattwa ki karuna hai, 
Tu Mahavir ka shanti mantra

Tu Nalanda ka gyan deep,
Tu hai akshat chandan vihar
Tu hai Ashok ki Dhamma praja, 
Tu Guru Gobind ki vani hai

Tu Aryabhatta, tu Sher Shah, 
Tu Kunwar Singh balidani hai
Tu Bapu ki hai karmabhoomi, 
Dharti ka nandan-van Bihar

Teri gaurav-gatha apoorv, 
Tu vishwa-shanti ka agradoot
Lautega khoya swabhiman, 
Ab jaag chuke tere sapoot

Ab tu mathe ka vijay tilak, 
Tu aankhon ka anjan Bihar
Ho shat-shat vandan Bihar, 
Mere Bharat ke kanth-haar

English translation:

You are the garland of India, 
We bow to you in reverence, Bihar
You are the garland of India, 
We bow to you in reverence, Bihar

You are Valmiki’s Ramayana,
You are Vaishali’s democracy
You are the compassion of Buddhism,
You are the peaceful chants of Mahavira

You are the beacon of Nalanda’s knowledge, 
You are the indestructible force of heaven,
You are Ashoka’s whell, 
You are the sweet verses of Guru Gobind Singh 

You are Aryabhatta, you are Sher Shah,
You are the great sacrifice of Kunwar Singh 
You are the land of Mahatma Gandhi’s great deeds 
O Bihar, you are the beloved son of this world.

You are the song of unprecedented pride,
You are the flag-bearer of peace in this world,
Your erstwhile glory will surely return,
Your progeny has finally woken up.

You are the victory vermillion on my forehead,
O Bihar, you are the cynosure of my eye,
We bow to you in reverence Bihar,
You are the garland of India.

You can listen to the state anthem here:
 

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