Every nation is distinguished from others by certain facts or history. During my research this weekend, i came across these interesting facts and i was surprised by some of them. I don’t know about you friends…
v The name ‘India’ is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers.
v Chess was invented in India.
v Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies, which originated in India.
v The ‘Place Value System’ and the ‘Decimal System’ were developed in India in 100 B.C.
v 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. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
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 has the largest number of Post Offices in the world.
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 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.
v India exports software to 90 countries.
v The four religions born in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world’s population.
v There are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.
v The oldest European church and synagogue in India are in the city of Cochin. They were built in 1503 and 1568 respectively.
v Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 B.C. and 52 A.D. respectively
v Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.
v 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 every day.