Vanji bhoomi

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Vanchi Bhumi
English: The Land of Vanchi
Travancore State Flag.png
Flag of the Kingdom of Travancore

National anthem of Travancore
Relinquished 1947

Vanji Bhumi (alternatively Vanchi Bhumi, Vanchi Bhumi) was the national anthem of the Kingdom of Travancore. It was formally known as the "Vanchisamangalam" or the "Prayer for the Lord of Vanchi".

Vanchi Bhumi, meaning the "Land of Vanchi", is a reference to the city of Thiruvanchikkulam, the capital of the Later Cheras, and the "lord of Vanchi", the Later Chera's tutelary deity, Vanchi Nathan, a name for Hindu god Siva.

Written in Malayalam language, it was sung in honour of the Kingdom of Travancore and its ruler, until 1947, and the merger of Kingdom of Travancore with India.

The anthem ran thus:

Vanchi Bhumi

Vanchi bhumi padhey chiram,
Sanjidhaapam jeyikkenam,
Deva Devan Bhavan ennum,
Deha soukhyam valarthenam,
Vanchi bhumi padhey chiram,
Thwacharithamennum Bhoomau,
Vishruthamai vilangenam,
Vanchi bhumi padhey chiram,
Marthiamanamethum bhaval,
Pathanamai bhavikkenam,
Vanchi bhumi padhey chiram,
Thavakamam kulam menmel,
Sreevalarnnullasikkenam,
Vanchi bhumi padhey chiram,
Malakatti Chiram prajah,
Palanam chaitharulenam,
Vanchi bhumi padhey chiram,
Sanjidhaapam jeyikkenam.