Bankim Chandra Chaterjee's Vande Mataram, which was a source of inspiration to the people in their struggle for freedom, has an equal status with the Jana-gana-mana. The first political occasion on which it was sung was the 1896 session of the Indian National Congress.
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Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
Dispenser of India's destiny.
The name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind, Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravid and Orissa and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
Mingles in the music of the Yamuna and Ganga
And is chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea.
They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.
The salvation of all people is in thy hand, Thou dispenser of India's destiny.
Victory, victory, victory to thee.