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|INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT INDIA
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.
The number system was invented by India. Aryabhatta was the scientist who
invented the digit zero.
Sanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. This is
because it is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for
computer software. ( a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987 ).
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 100 BC
The first six Mogul Emperor's of India ruled in an unbroken succession from
father to son for two hundred years, from 1526 to 1707.
The World's First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara temple at Tanjavur in
Tamil Nadu. The shikhara is made from a single ' 80-tonne ' piece of
granite. Also, this magnificient temple was built in just five years,
(between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja Chola
India is.......the Largest democracy in the world, the 6th largest country
in the world AND one of the most ancient and living civilizations (at least
10, 000 years old).
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. Later through time, the game underwent
several modifications but the meaning is the same i.e good deeds take us to
heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births.
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 most post offices in the world !
The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, 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.
The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest
achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The father of
ayurveda- medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
Although modern images & descriptions of India often show poverty, India
was richest countr y till the time of British in the early 17th Century.
Christopher Columbus was attracted by India's wealth and was looking for
route to India when he discovered America by mistake.
The art of Navigation & Navigating was born in the river Sindh 6000 over
years ago. The very word 'Navigation' is derived from the Sanskrit word
NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word 'Nou'.
Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the
sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. His calculations was -
Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: ( 5th century ) 365.258756484 days.
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, which was long before the
European mathematicians. (source IEEE-1999, USA)
Algebra, trigonometry and calculus also orignated from 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 Tera: 10*12( 10 to the power of 12 ).
Sushruta is regarded as the father of surgery. Over 2600 years ago
Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract,
artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones and also plastic
surgery and brain surgeries.
Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India medicine. Detailed
knowledge of anatomy, embryology, digestion, metabolism, physiology,
etiology, genetics and immunity is also found in many ancient Indian texts.
Until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world.
( Source. Gemological Institute of America )
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.
The analytical skill of an Indian child is 4 times greater than that
of any other child in the world.
And moreover 60% of Mainframe professionals in the world are from India.
" India is the birth place of human-race ,the cradle of human speech,
mother of history ,grand-mother of tradition, great grand mother of legend"
" world is owing a lot to indians , they thought us how to count other-wise
no worth-wile scientific invention has been shaped"
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