India is a country that has left many impressed, and some others has stolen their hearts, here some of the reasons that make India a place that should not be set aside to meet at least once in life.
#1. India has never invaded any country in the last 100,000 years.
#2. When most cultures were nomads in the forests more than 5,000 years ago, the Indians had settled in Harappa in the Sindhu Valley.
#3. The name ‘India’ takes its name from the Indus River, the valleys around which were the home of the first settlers.
#4. Chess was invented in India.
#5. Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies originating in India.
# 6 The ‘Place System of Values ‘ and the ‘ Decimal System’ were developed in India in the year 100 BC.
# 7. The First Temple of the Granite World is the Brihadeswara Temple in Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The shikhara of the temple is made of a single piece of 80 tons of granite. This magnificent temple was built in only five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja Chola.
# 8. India is the world’s largest democracy, the seventh largest country in the world, and one of the oldest civilizations.
# 9. The game of “Serpents and Ladders” was created by the poet Gyandev in the 13th century. It was originally called ‘Mokshapat’. The stairs represent the virtues and vices indicated with the snakes. The game was played with shells and dice. Over time, the game underwent several modifications, but its meaning remained the same: good deeds lead people to heaven and evil to a cycle of rebirths.
# 10. The world’s largest cricket field is located in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. Built in 1893 after leveling a hill, this cricket field is 2,444 meters above sea level.
#11. India has the largest number of post offices in the world.
# 12. The First University of the World was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from around 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.
# 13. Ayurveda is the first medical school known to mankind. The father of medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
# 14. India was one of the richest countries until the time of British rule in the seventeenth century. Christopher Columbus, attracted by the wealth of India, looking for a sea route to India when he discovered America by mistake.
#15. The art of navigation was born on the Sindh River more than 6000 years ago. The same navigation word is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘ NAVGATIH’ . The word marine is also derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Nou’
# 16 Bhaskaracharya correctly calculates the time it takes the Earth to orbit the Sun hundreds of years before the intelligent astronomer. According to his calculation, the time it takes the Earth to orbit the Sun was 365.258756484 days.
# 17. The value of “pi” was calculated for the first time by the Indian mathematician Budhayana, and explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, long before European mathematicians.
# 18 The quadratic equations were used by Sridharacharya in the eleventh century. The greatest number of Greeks and Romans used were 106, while Hindus used numbers as large as 10 * 53 (ie, 10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 BC during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest number used by Terra is: 10 * 12 (10 to the power of 12).
# 19. Until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds in the world.
#20. The Baily Bridge is the tallest 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.
#21. Sushruta is considered the father of surgery. More than 2600 years ago, Sushrata and his team carried out complicated surgeries such as cataracts, prostheses, caesarean sections, fractures, urinary stones, plastic surgery and brain surgeries.
# 22. The use of anesthesia was well known in ancient Indian medicine. Detailed knowledge of anatomy, embryology, digestion, metabolism, physiology, etiology, genetics, and immunity is also found in many ancient Indian texts.
#23. India exports software to 90 countries.
# 24. The four religions born in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are followed by 25% of the world’s population.
# 25. Jainism and Buddhism were founded in India in 600 BC and 500 BC respectively.
# 26 Islam is the second largest religion in the world and in India.
# 27. There are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.
# 28. The oldest church in Europe and the synagogue in India are in the city of Cochin. They were built in 1503 and 1568 respectively.
# 29. Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 BC and 52 BC, respectively
# 30. The Vishnu temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century, is the largest religious pilgrimage destination in the world. Larger than Rome or Mecca, an average of 30,000 visitors donate $ 6 million to the temple every day.
# 31. Sikhism originated in the holy city of Amritsar in the Punjab. Famous for housing the Golden Temple, the city was founded in 1577.
# 32. Varanasi, also known as Benares, was called “the ancient city” when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 BC, and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world today.
# 33. India offers security for the more than 300,000 refugees, country of origin Sri Lanka , Tibet, Bhutan , Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who escaped from religious and political persecution.
#34. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, runs his government in exile from Dharmashala in northern India.
# 35. Martial arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.
# 36. Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.