Did you realize that India – the place where there is heavenly holy people was at one time an island which later crashed into the Asian mainland? This as well as the Indian Empire was the most extravagant realms throughout the entire existence of the world. Intriguing, would it say it isn’t? With flaunting its rich culture and customs, religions and ethnicities, there are as yet irregular realities about India that are lesser known or unheard. So how about we get into it and find out about the fascinating realities about India alongside little-known actualities that may interest you:
1.Tirupati Balaji and Kashi vishwanath temple has more visitors than Vatican City .
Yes, you read it right. The Tirupati Balaji temple and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple both, get a greater number of visitors than the Vatican City and Mecca consolidated.
2.Kumbh Mela has the largest gathering and the gathering can be seen from space.
The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage that keeps getting bigger. It’s held every three years and rotates between Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik, and Ujjain, but the Allahabad Kumbh Melas — held every 12 years — are the largest and holiest. For the last Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad in 2013, an estimated 100 million bathed in the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers over the course of 55 days.
3.Takshilla University is World’s First University
Takshila (at Gandhar) is said to be the first ever university in the world.It started around 700 BC.Takshashila or “City of Cut Stone” does not require any introduction to anyone. The world’s first University was established in Takshila then India, now in Pakistan. Its education and education system was renowned in India and across the borders.
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4. 70% of all the world’s spices is exported from India.
India has the largest domestic market for spices in the world. India is the world’s largest producer and exporter of spices of 109 varieties.
5.The Number of People Travelling in the Indian Railways Every Day is Equal to the Population of Australia
Connecting more than 7,172 stations, the Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia carrying over 23 million passengers daily in 12,617 trains.
6.India has the largest English speaking population in the world.
Second, only to the US, India has around 10% of its populace fluent in English
7.ISRO used bullock carts to move satellites back in days.
India’s first rocket was brought on cycle and a satellite on bullock cart. And despite budgetary constraints, India’s space program is one of the top 5 space programs in the world.
8. India discovered water on the moon.
India was the first to discover water on the moon; not NASA.
9. In 2004, 200 women killed a rapist on the court floor
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.
10. Oscar Winning Hollywood Actor Ben Kingsley is Indian descent.
English Actor Sir Ben Kingsley’s birth name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji and he is of Indian descent.
A 4-hour drive from Aurangabad and doubling as Maharashtra’s best-kept secret, this lake was created by a plummeting meteor about 52,000 years ago. Travel enthusiasts must not miss this astronomical marvel and the temples around it.
12. Shani Shingnapur is Village Where the Houses Don’t Have Doors and there is no Police Station!
In a village called Shani Shingnapur in Maharashtra, people have been living in houses with no doors for generations. There are no doors and police stations because the locals 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.
13. Magnetic Hill
With the anti-gravitational effect, this is the only magnetic hill in India. Landmarked by a yellow notice board that spells out instructions and asks you place your car on neutral gear right on the spot marked by white paint, this one will leave you in awe as your car will begin to move uphill on its own.
14. Viswanathan Anand is the first player in chess history to have won the World Championship in three different formats: knockout, tournament, and match.
Until 1986, India was the only official place where Diamonds were found
16. Martial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.
17. A cursed river
Do you know India has a cursed river? Amongst the sacred rivers of India, Karmanasa (Karmanasha) River is considered to be cursed and it is believed that touching its water would ruin one’s plan. There is hardly any development along the river. Due to this cursed river the locals here survive by eating dry fruits as cooking would require water
18. Highest cricket pitch in the world
Chail in Himachal Pradesh is the highest cricket pitch in the world. It is situated at an elevation of 2444 meters (above the sea level).
19. The first Granite Temple of the world
The Brihadeswara Temple is the first Granite Temple of the world,and is situated in Tamil Nadu. It was built during the 11th century.It took 5 years to complete.
India is one of the only three countries that makes supercomputers (the US and Japan are the other two).
Yoga originated from India and is still in existence for over 5000 years.
21.May 26 is celebrated as the Science Day in Switzerland in honor of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam as on the day, Kalam sir visited the country. One great man who never stops making India proud. RIP Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
22.There are some weird and wonderful post offices here.
With the world’s largest postal system, India has post offices in some pretty unusual places. The town of Hikkim, in Himachal Pradesh, has the world’s highest post office (as well as the highest polling booth) at over 15,400 feet. Dal Lake in Kashmir has a floating post office, with an attached philatelic museum, built to resemble Srinagar’s famous houseboats.
23.An Indian man claims he hasn’t eaten or drunk for 70 years.After conducting many tests, seems like doctors still don’t know how it’s possible.
24.The Bandra-Worli Sealink
It Finally took a total of 2,57,00,000 man hours for completion and also weighs as much as 50,000 African elephants. A true engineering and architectural marvel.
25.Number of voters in India.
In a display of democracy at its best, a whopping 54 crore+ people voted in the 2014 General Election, which is more than the population of USA, UK, Australia and Japan combined. Impressive figure, isn’t it?