The phrase “Satyamev Jayate” means that the “Truth Alone Prevails”.
The phrase “Satyamev Jayate” originated as part of a mantra written in the Mundaka Upanishad, which is one of the earlier and primary Upanishads. The Upanishads are a type of Hindu scriptures that possibly date back to 6th century BC. The first line of the mantra reads “satyameva jayate nan?ta?,” which translates as “Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood.”
Due to its historical and cultural significance to Hindus, the phrase was adopted as the national motto of India after its Independence. The phrase “Satyamev Jayate” is transcribed under the Indian emblem and hence printed on all Indian currency.
In common parlance, the phrase was made popular by the talk show Satyamev Jayate. The show is hosted by Bollywood actor and filmmaker Aamir Khan. The show aims to cast light on sensitive social issues that plagues India. These include female foeticide, child sexual abuse, rape, honour killings, domestic violence, untouchability, alcoholism, and the criminalization of politics.