25 Amazing facts about India

I happened to receive a forward from a friend, titled ’25 Amazing facts about India’. Though forwards never make any sense, this one surely managed to capture my attention. And it makes sense to. Hence it finds a place on my blog. Read on and check how many of the following did you already know? I knew only fourteen of them ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

1. India is the world’s largest, oldest, continuous civilization.
2. India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.
3. India is the world’s largest democracy.
4. Varanasi, also known as Benares, was called “the ancient city” when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C.E, and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.
5. India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.

6. The World’s first university was established in Takshashila in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
7. Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages. Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software – a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987.
8. Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans. Charaka, the father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago. Today Ayurveda is fast regaining its rightful place in our civilization.

9. Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development, India was the richest country on earth until the time of British invasion in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus was attracted by India’s wealth.

10. The art of Navigation was bornin the river Sindhu 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from Sanskrit ‘Nou’.
11. Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: (5th century) 365.258756484 days.

12. The value of pi was first calculated by 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.

13. Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. Quadratic equations were 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(10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 BCE during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is Tera 10**12(10 to the power of 12).

14. IEEE has proved what has been a century old suspicion in the world scientific community that the pioneer of wireless communication was Prof. Jagdish Bose and not Marconi.

15. The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra.

16. According to Saka King Rudradaman I of 150 CE a beautiful lake called Sudarshana was constructed on the hills of Raivataka during Chandragupta Maurya’s time.

17. Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was invented in India.

18. Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted complicated surgeries like cesareans, cataract, artificial limbs, fractures, urinary stones and even plastic surgery and brain surgery. Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India. Over 125 surgical equipment were used. Deep knowledge of anatomy, physiology, etiology, embryology, digestion, metabolism, genetics and immunity is also found in many texts.

19. When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization).

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

21. The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.
22. India is one of the few countries in the World, which gained independence without violence.
23. India has the second largest pool of Scientists and Engineers in the World.

24. India is the largest English speaking nation in the world.

25. India is the only country other than US and Japan, to have built a super computer indigenously.


~ by rb on August 15, 2008.

7 Responses to “25 Amazing facts about India”

  1. wonderful post. Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hey Sangeeta,

    Thanks! I cannot take the credit for writing this post as this would be one of the very few posts which was not “written” by me. As mentioned, it was a forward!! (Maybe that’s the reason you loved it) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Keep visiting!

  3. Won’t go long regarding other points but your point number 2 is extremely baseless. India itself came into being after post independence only as a nation. To be described as a nation, that nation has to have a centrally administered system of governance. That came into being after 1947 only or to be precise after 1950, legally. Many independent countries which then existed even before India was born were forcefully annexed including Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kashmir, Manipur, Tripura, Kamatapur etc.

  4. I am not agree with this below point
    India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.

    Because The Tamil King Raja Raja Chola I – The great – Invaded and successfully captured Andhra,kerala,karnataka,orissa,bengal and
    Srilanka,malaysia,Andoman nicobar,Indonesia,Java,Sumatra,Burma,and other parts of south eastern Asian countries .

    Ankor Wat – The greatest temple complex in the world in Kambodia is built by Tamil kings – Choza Dyansty
    So how can we say that “India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history?”

    Due to the lengthy content i have just posted on article related to this topic


    let me know your opinion

  5. you are write sakthi ganesh i”aaaam agree with you ……………….!

  6. aww,,,,,,,,,,amazinf facts

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