National Game of India

Hockey: Hockey, which has been played in India since time immemorial, is the National Game of India. India had a glorious past in hockey with stalwarts like Major Dhyan Chand, Leslie Claudius, Balbir Singh Sr., Ajit Pal Singh, Udham Singh, K. D. Singh Babu, Mohammed...

National Fruit of India

Mango ~ Mangifera indica:   Mango is known as the ‘King of Fruits’ and has been cultivated in India for over 4000 years. The records of Hieun Tsang, the Chinese Buddhist pilgrim who visited India during Harshavardhana’s reign in the 6th century B.C.,...

National Tree of India

Banyan ~ Ficus benghalensis, the Indian Fig Tree:   The Banyan Tree (‘Vat’ or ‘Bargad’) is the National Tree of India. It finds a mention in many scriptures as a tree of immortality. In Hindu mythology, the banyan tree is referred as ‘Kalpavriksha’, the tree that...

National Flower of India

Lotus ~ Nelumbo Nucipera Gaertn: Lotus is the National Flower of India. It is a sacred flower and occupies a unique position in the art and mythology of ancient India. The lotus (Sanskrit: ‘padma’) is a symbol of purity and fecundity in the Indian tradition . Lotus is...

National Bird of India

Indian Peacock ~ Pavo cristatus: The Indian peacock, ‘Pavo cristatus’, is a colourful, swan-sized bird, with a fan-shaped crest of feathers, a white patch under the eye and a long, slender neck. It was named as the National Bird of India in 1963. The male of the...

National Animal of India

Tiger ~ Panthera tigris : The magnificent Tiger, ‘Panthera tigris’, the National Animal of India, has a thick yellow coat of fur with dark stripes. The combination of grace, strength, ability and enormous power has earned the tiger its pride of place as the National...
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