Karnataka Rajyotsava

Jai bharata jananiya tanujaate jai he karnataka mathe
Jai sundara nadi vanagaLa nade jai he rasa rushigala beede.
Bhoodeviya mukutada nava maNiye gandhada chandada honnina ganiye
Raghava madhusudhanaravatarisida bharata jananiya tanujaate
Jananiya jogula vedada ghosha, jananige jeevavu ninnaavesha
Hasurina girigaLa saale, ninnaya koraLina maale
Kapila patanjala gautama jinanuta bharata jananiya tanujate
Shankara ramanuja vidyaranya basaveshvarariha divyaranya
Ranna shadakshara ponna pampala kumipati janna
Kabbigarudisida mangala dhama kavi kogilegala punyarama
Nanaka ramananda kabirara bharata jananiya tanujate
Tailapa hoysalaraLida nade dankana jakanara nechchina beede
Krishna sharavati tunga kaveriya vara ranga
Chaitanya paramahamsa vivekara bharata jananiya tanujate
Sarvajanaangada shantiya tOta rasikara kangaLa seleyuva nota
Hindu chraista musalmaana paarsika jainarudyana
Janakana holuva doregala dhama gayaka vainikararama
Kannada nudi kunidaduva geha kannada tayiya makkaLa deha
Bharata jananiya tanujaate jai he karnataka mathe

The above song was penned by Kannada poet Kuvempu and the song sums up the essence of Karnataka and hence is Karnataka’s anthem.

Karnataka Rajyotsava

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Karnataka state is situated in south India. It was formed on November 1st, 1956, with the passing of the States Reorganization Act. It was then known as State of Mysore, and it was renamed as Karnataka in 1973. November 1st is celebrated as Karnataka Rajyothsava day.

Karnataka is the eighth largest Indian state by area, and the ninth largest by population. It is divided into 29 districts. Kannada is the official and most widely spoken language. In 2008 Kannada language was elevated to the status of a classical language.

A style of classical singing is known as Carnatic i.e, Karnataka music and the state has contributed significantly to Carnatic as well as the other popular style called as Hindustani music. Eminent writers in the Kannada language have contributed a lot to Kannada literature and the Kannada writers have received the most number of Jnanpith awards in India.

Bangalore is the capital city of the state and also known as Silicon Valley of India because of the presence of innumerable IT organisations. The IT industry in Bangalore inspired Thomas.L.Friedman to write the best seller “The world is flat”.

The highest place in Karnataka is the Mullayanagiri hills in Chikkamagaluru district with an altitude of 1,929 meters (6,329 ft). Some of the important rivers in Karnataka are Cauvery/Kaveri, Tungabhadra, Krishna and Sharavathi.

The state bird is the Indian Roller, animal is the Indian Elephant, tree is Sandalwood and flower is the Lotus.

I am very proud to be living in this wonderful state.

Jai Karnataka Mathe!

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