The phrase “Satyameva Jayate” or “सत्यमेव जयते” is a Sanskrit word written in Devanagari script. This has been taken from the Vedic scripture Mundaka Upanishad, which is a part of Atharva Veda. The phrase “Satyameva Jayate” translates into “Truth alone triumphs” in English. “Satyameva Jayate” is the national motto and was adopted on 26 January 1950 as part of the national emblem. The phrase “Satyameva Jayate” is inscribed in the national emblem.
The complete hymn in Devanāgarī script is
सत्यमेव जयते नानृतं सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ॥
Its English translation is as given below:
Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood.
Through truth the divine path is spread out
by which the sages whose desires have been completely fulfilled,
reach to where is that supreme treasure of Truth.