East or West, India is the best.
India is one of the oldest civilization in the world. We are very proud of our rich culture and civilization and why should we not proud? We are the richest economy of the world in ancient time. Now a day, we are the second biggest human power and third biggest economy. We are the most populous democracy in the world.
Let’s see what Albert Einstein said once about India:
We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.
Here, we present a list of most interesting and surprising facts about India:
- India is the world’s largest, oldest, continuous civilization.
- India is the world’s largest democracy.
- Once upon a time (around a 100 million years ago), India was an island.
- The name India is derived from the “Indus” river.
- India never invaded any country in its last 1000 years of history. This is a world record.
- India invented the number system. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.
- Indus Valley Civilisation is the world’s oldest civilisation. Hence, India is the world’s oldest, most advanced and continuous civilisation.
- Varanasi is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.
- India has been the largest troop contributor to the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions since its inception.
- India has the world’s third largest active army, after China and USA.
- The Tirupati Balaji temple and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple both, receive more visitors than the Vatican City and Mecca combined.
- Every 12 years, a religious gathering called the Kumbh Mela occurs in India. It is the world’s largest gathering of people.
- The gathering is so large that the Kumbh Mela is visible from the space.
- India has more mosques (300,000 mosques) than any other nation in the world and the third largest Muslim population in the world.
- Takshila was the first ever university in the world; it started around 700 BC.
- Today, India has the world’s largest school in terms of students, the City Montessori School in Lucknow. It has more than 45 thousand students!
- Indian Railways employs more than 1.3 million people. That’s more than the population of many countries.
- More than 54 crore people voted in the 2014 General Election – more people than the population of USA, UK, Australia and Japan combined.
- Number of births in India every year is more than the total population of Australia, and many other nations.
- India has the largest English speaking population in the world.
- At an estimate, 25% of the total workforce of the world’s population is from India.
- India’s first rocket was brought on cycle and a satellite on bullock cart.
- Despite several budgetary constraints, India’s space program is one of the top 5 space programs in the world.
- In 2004, 200 women took law in their own hands and came to the court armed with vegetable knives and chilli powder and murdered on the court floor a serial rapist – Akku Yadav. Then every woman claimed responsibility for the murder.
- English Actor Sir Ben Kingsley’s birth name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji and he is of Indian descent.
- Lonar Lake, a saltwater lake in Maharashtra, was created by a meteor hitting the Earth and is one of its kind in India.
- In a village called Shani Shingnapur in Maharashtra, people have been living in houses with no doors for generations. This is because they believe that whoever steals anything from this place will incur the wrath of Shani God and will have to pay for his/her sins very dearly. There is no police station in this village either.
- Magnetic Hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India. The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference.
- Viswanathan Anand is the first player in chess history to have won the World Championship in three different formats: knockout, tournament, and match.