Interesting Facts about India

Interesting Facts about India

 

  • India never invaded any country in his last 100000 years of history.

  • Chess was invented in India.

  • Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies, which originated in India.

  • 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 game of Snakes & Ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called ‘Mokshapat’.

  • The world’s highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. Built in 1893 after leveling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level.

  • India has the largest number of Post Offices in the world.

  • The largest employer in the world is the Indian Railways, employing over a million people.

  • The world’s first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects.

  • India was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus, attracted by India’s wealth, had come looking for a sea route to India when he discovered America by mistake.

  • 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.

  • The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.

  • India exports software to 90 countries.

  • The four religions born in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world’s population.

  • Jainism and Buddhism were founded in India in 600 B.C. and 500 B.C. respectively.

  • Islam is India’s and the world’s second largest religion.

  • There are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.

  • The oldest European church and synagogue in India are in the city of Cochin. They were built in 1503 and 1568 respectively.

  • Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 B.C. and 52 A.D. respectively

  • The largest religious building in the world is Angkor Wat, a Hindu Temple in Cambodia built at the end of the 11th century.

  • 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.

  • Sikhism originated in the Holy city of Amritsar in Punjab. Famous for housing the Golden Temple, the city was founded in 1577.

  • Varanasi, also known as Benaras, was called “the Ancient City” when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C., and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.

  • India provides safety for more than 300,000 refugees originally from Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who escaped to flee religious and political persecution.

  • Martial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.

  • Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.

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