Mark Twain rightly quotes India as ‘The mother of history, grandmother of legends and great grandmother of traditions’. Indian culture, Indian mythology, Indian traditions, Indian geography, Indian facts – are you an expert? Here is a list of some amazing, interesting and fascinating facts about our country that with make you say: “Wow! I Didn’t Know That At All!”
The history of these sparkling gems can be traced back to alluvial deposits in Guntur and Krishna District of the Krishna River Delta in India. Until the 18th century, India was the sole source of diamonds in the world!
#2 Snakes And Ladders
The most popular board game was originated in India, previously known as ‘Moksha Patamu’. It taught children some moral lessons about karma.
#3 India To Sweden – Bike Ride To Meet Love
PK Mahanadia traveled through 8 countries on his bicycle to meet the love of his life – his wife! It was not an easy task to complete the four month journey on a bicycle but he made it.
#4 Cricket Ground
The highest cricket ground in the world is located in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. The ground was built in 1893 and is located at an altitude of 2,444 meters. Chail served as the capital of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh who was an ardent lover of the game.
#5 Grand Kitchen At Golden Temple
The Golden Temple, a Sikh Gurdwara has the largest langar that feeds up to 100,000 people a day for free. This implausible feat is achieved through donations and volunteers pan India.
#6 Maximum Retail Price (MRP)
India is the only country that operates an MRP system for all its goods.
#7 India’s First Rocket Transported On Bicycle
This one is surely a rare one! The first Indian rocket was transported on a bicycle and launched from a church in Thumba Launching Station, Kerela in 1963.
#8 Kabaddi World Cups
India has returned undefeated in all 5 world cups in the Kabaddi match – including the Women’s Team.
#9 Legendary Celebrities – Indian Origin
Freddie Mercury and Ben Kingsley the legendary celebrities of the West were of Indian origin.
#10 Mountain Man – Dashrath Manjhi
We salute Dashrath Manjhi and his indomitable spirit here. With only a hammer and chisel in hand he embarked upon an impossible mission. Manjhi carved a 360 feet long road through the mountain in memory of his wife who passed away while climbing up the mountain in her pregnancy. The 75km path to the doctor’s clinic is now reduced to 1km; thanks to our mountain man!
#11 Sushrutha – Father Of Plastic Surgery
Sustrutha made important contributions to the techniques of nasal reconstruction and cataract surgery dating back in the 6th century BC. He was responsible for encroachment of medicine and surgery in ancient India.
#12 The Human Calculator
Shakuntla Devi titled ‘The Human Computer’ is a mental mathematician. She demonstrated the calculation of randomly picked two 13 digit number at a conference in London. She answered it correctly in 28 seconds.
#13 Somalia Bans Indian Snack Samosa
Somalia has banned the favorite Indian snack because they believe that its shape looks like Christian Holy Trinity symbol.
#14 Biggest Family In The World
Ziona Chana heads the biggest existing family of the world and he lives in Mizoram, India.
#15 Largest Post Office Network
India has the largest postal network in the world. It includes the most peculiar floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar.
Now won’t you all scream out – “East or West India is the Best”!!