Do you know ?

  • Four of the world’s major religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here
  • Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.
  • Most populous democracy in the world- 1.2 billion people
  • Taj Mahal of India has been described in the UNESCO World Heritage List as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.”
  • The Indian film industry produces the world’s most-watched cinema
  • India has the world’s highest concentration of vegetarians
  • The ‘Place Value System’ and the ‘Decimal System’ were developed in India in 100 B.C.
  • The World’s First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The shikhara of the temple is made from a single 80-tonne piece of granite.
  • The game of Snakes & Ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called ‘Mokshapat’. The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices. The game was played with cowrie shells and dices. In time, the game underwent several modifications, but its meaning remained the same, i.e. good deeds take people to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births.
  • India has the largest number of Post Offices in the world.
  • Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The Father of Medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
  • Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the Sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. According to his calculation, the time taken by the Earth to orbit the Sun was 365.258756484 days.
  • The value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, long before the European mathematicians.
  • Sushruta is regarded as the Father of Surgery. Over 2,600 years ago Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones, plastic surgery and brain surgeries.
  • There are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.
  • The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century, is the world’s largest religious pilgrimage destination. Larger than either Rome or Mecca, an average of 30,000 visitors donate $6 million (US) to the temple everyday.
  • His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, runs his government in exile from Dharmashala in northern India.
  • Martial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.
  • Approx 100 million people come to India’s Kumbh Mela festival. This is the world’s biggest gathering of humans.
  • According to India’s Hindu calendar, there are 6 seasons: Spring(Vasanta), Summer(Greeshma), Monsoon(Varsha), Autumn(Sharad), Winter(Hemanta), Prevernal(Shishira).
  • It’s illegal to take Indian currency out of India.
  • Breathing the air in Mumbai for one day is equivalent to 100 cigarettes a day. During diwali it’s equivalent to 113.
  • Biggest family of the world lives in India. The man with 39 Wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren.
  • Police officers in one state in India are being paid to grow moustaches because bosses believe it makes them command more respect.
  • India has the world’s lowest meat consumption per person.
  • According to a study, 61 percent of school children in India have killer germs on their hands.
  • In West Bengal, India, cows must have a photo id card.
  • One woman killed every hour in India because of dowry related crimes.
  • India contributes 70 percent of global spice production.

 

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