I would like to ask forum members, especially those conversant with Sanskrit language and its grammar, to kindly explain the meaning of the two words vande maataram. My understanding is that the first word is a verb (with grammatical person incorporated in it) while the second one is a noun meaning "mother". I am of course familiar with the origin of these words. They form the opening line of a song contained within Bankim Chandra Chaterjee's Bengali book "Anandmath". What connotations does "mother" have in the song?