Amazing Facts About India

Facts About India
India, a great country, great history and the great people lived in the country. Let's talk about some amazing facts about our country.
 v India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history.
 v The name 'India' is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.
 v Chess was invented in India.
 v 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.
 v 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.
 v 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.
 v 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.
 v 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.
 v Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus also originated in India.Quadratic Equations were used by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10*53 (i.e. 10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 B.C.during the Vedic period.Even today, the largest used number is Terra: 10*12(10 to the power of 12).
 v 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.
 v There are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.
 v 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.
 v Takshila is said to be the first every university in the world; it started around 700 BC. 
 v Today, India has the world’s largest school in terms of students, the City Montessori School in Lucknow. It has more than 45 thousand students!
 v Though India is a country of multiple regional and local languages but in terms of English speaking countries in the world, it ranks number 2, yes, India is second largest English speaking country in the world, 10% of Indians can speak English which is about 125 million people.
 v India has an Ice Hockey team and they are the even member of International Ice Hockey Federation.
 v That it is illegal for a child in India to neglect their parents after their retirement.( Thank god it exists )
 v Kerela tops the "Highest liquor consuming State" list in India, not Punjab.
 v Only 3% of Indians pay income tax.
 v The first rocket in India was transported on a cycle. The first rocket was so light and small that it was transported on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
 v Believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth, Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.It is thought that 30 million Hindu pilgrims gathered to bathe during the festival in 2013.
 v India’s Has floating Post Office. India’s first floating Post Office is on Dal Lake in Srinagar, the first of its kind in the country. It was inaugurated by Minister of State for Communications and IT Mr. Sachin Pilot and Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mr. Omar Abdullah on August 22'2011.
 v The world's biggest family: The man with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren, India. He is head of the world's biggest family – and says he is 'blessed'  to have his 39 wives. Ziona Chana also has 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law, and 33 grandchildren. They live in a 100-room, four storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram, where the wives sleep in giant communal dormitories.
 v A polling station is set up in a forest for a lone voter in every election since 2004.
 v The 2011 Kumbh Mela was the largest gathering of people with over 75 million pilgrims. The gathering was so huge that the crowd was visible from space.
 v Shampoo was invented in India, not the commercial liquid ones but the method by use of herbs. The word 'shampoo' itself has been derived from the Sanskrit word champu, which means to massage.
 v Water on the moon was discovered by India
 v In September 2009, India's ISRO Chandrayaan- 1 using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time.
 v The world's largest producer of milk
 v India recently overtook the European Union with production reaching over 132.4m tons in 2014.
 v Havell's is purely an Indian brand & named after its first owner. Though the company was bought for just 10 lakh Rupees a long time ago and is now a multi-billion electrical goods company, it's an Indian company and is still named after its original owner, Haveli Ram Gupta.
 v Dr. Shrikant Jichkar was the most qualified person in the country ever. From having been an IAS, IPS, lawyer, doctor, photographer, radio operator to securing the highest degree in a university for Sanskrit and being an MLA at 25, he had an astonishing range of qualifications. He passed away in 2004.

 v India has one of the largest postal networks on the globe and what’s more, there’s a  floating post office too!

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