India may be a land of over a 100 problems, but it is also a place for a billion solutions. - Kailash Satyarthi
India has one of the oldest and richest cultures in the history of this world. There have been ample researches that also have called it “the first supreme culture” of the world. With significant advances and achievements in our name like the Taj Mahal in architecture, the invention of zero in mathematics and the birth of Ayurveda, Indian culture and traditions stand rock solid even today. Here are some interesting facts about Indian tradition and culture which will make you fall in love with our varied heritage and diversity all over again. Have a look-
- India has an area of 1.27 million square miles making it the seventh largest country in the world.
- Chess was originated in India. The real word for “chess” is the Sanskrit word chaturanga, which in its raw form means “four members of an army”—which are particularly the elephants, horses, chariots, and foot soldiers.
- Indians have made notable contributions to calculus, trigonometry, and algebra. The decimal system was invented in India in the 100 B.C. The concept of zero as a number was also invented by Aryabhata, an Indian mathematician.
- The Kumbh Mela (or Grand Pitcher Festival) is a huge Hindu religious festival that takes place in India every 12 years at four different locations that are Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Nashik-Trimbak, and Ujjain. In 2001, a world record was broken for world’s largest gathering
as60 million people attended. This huge mob of people was also photographed from space by a satellite.
- Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism all originated in India.
- The Banyan or Indian fig tree is India’s national tree. It is believed to be a symbol of immortality and is mentioned in many Indian myths and legends.
- Did you know that the official name of India is the Republic of India? The name "India" is the spoiled version of the word Sindhu, which is because
neighboringPersians and Arabs pronounced "s" as "h" they called it the land of Hindu. The Greeks called it Indus. Sindhu is the name of the Indus River, which was mentioned in the Rig-Veda which is one of the oldest existing Indo-European texts.
- India has the world’s third largest road network which measures to about 1.9 million miles. It also has the world’s second-largest railway network, providing employment to 16 million workers and therefore is, world’s largest civilian employer
- With chai (tea) being the most popular beverage, India is the largest producer of tea in the world.
- When the first independent prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), was featured in Vogue, his distinctive close fitting, single-breasted jacket briefly immediately became one of the most hot-selling fashion statement for the Mod movement in the West. Popularly called the Nehru jacket, the prime minister’s coat was then also showcased by the Beatles and worn by famous and eminent people like Johnny Carson (1925-2005) and Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990).