About India

Facts About India

  • The name 'India' is derived from river Indus. The valleys around the river were home to early settlers.
  • India has never invaded any country in her last 100,000 years of history.
  • About 5000 years ago when men spanning continents led a nomadic life, India had a developed civilization known as Indus Valley Civilization.
  • Sanskrit the Mother of all language was originated in India.
  • The Game of Badminton & Chess were invented in India.
  • Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies that originated in India.
  • The 'Place Value System' and 'Decimal System' were developed in India in 100 BC.
  • The world's first granite temple Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu was built during the reign of Rajaraja Chola between 1004 AD and 1009 AD. The Shikhara of the temple is made of a single 80 - tonne of granite.
  • India is the largest democracy in the world, and the seventh largest country. Her civilization is as old as (THE CIVILIZATION) itself.
  • The game of snakes & ladders was created by the 13th century poet Sant Gyandev. It was originally called 'Mokshapat'. The ladders represented virtues while snakes indicated vices.
  • The world's highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. It was built in 1893 after levelling a hilltop, which is 2,444 metres above sea level.
  • India has the largest number of post offices in the world.
  • Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. Charaka, the father of medicine, consolidated Ayurveda 2,500 years ago.
  • India was one of the richest countries till the arrival of British in the early 17th century.
  • Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before astronomer Smart. According to his calculation, the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun was 365.258756484 days.
  • Until 18th Century, India was the only source of diamonds in the world. (Source: Gemological Institute of America).
  • Baily Bridge located in Ladakh valley between Dras and Suru rivers is the highest bridge in the world @ an altitude of 5602 mtrs. The Indian Army built it in August 1982.