The song Vande Mataram, composed by Bankimchandra Chatterji, was a source of inspiration to the people in their struggles for freedom. It has a similar status with jana-gana-mana. The first political session when it was sung was the 1896 session of the Indian National congress.
Vande Mataram! Sujalam suphalam Malayaja sheetalam Sasya shyamalam Mataram! Shubhra jyotsana pulakitayamineem Phullakusumita drumadala shobhineem Suhasineem sumadhura bhasneem Sukhadam, varadam Mataram! Koti koti kantha kalakala ninadakarale Koti koti bhujairdhrutakharakaravale Ke bale ma tumi abale Bahubala dharineem Namami tarineem Ripudala varineem Mataram! Tumi vidya tumi dharma Tumi hridi tumi marma Twam hi pranah shareere Bahute tumi ma shakti Hridaye tumi ma bhakti Tomarayi pratima gadi Mandire mandire! Twam hi Durga dashapraharana dharinee Kamala kamaladala viharinee Vani vidyadayinee Namami twam Namami kamalam Amalam atulam Sujalam suphalam Mataram Vande Mataram! Shyamalam saralam Susmitam bhushitam Dharaneem bharaneem Mataram!
Following is the English translation of the stanza rendered by Sri Aurobindo in prose.