Amazing and interesting facts of great India
- India’s Hindu calendar has 6 seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and prevernal.
- It’s illegal for foreigners to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India.
- The world’s biggest family lives together in India: a man with 39 wives and 94 children.
- Children’s Day is celebrated in India on November 14th, 9 months after Valentine’s Day.
- Most of school children in India have disease-causing germs on their hands.
- 70% of all the world’s spices come from India.
- Sex toys are illegal in India.
- In India, there is a vigilante group called the “Love Commandos” that offersprotection from harassment to couples from different castes who fall in love.
- A particular con in India repeatedly “sold” the Taj Mahal, the Indian parliament and various other heritage sites. He was sentenced to 113 years but managed to escape prison 9 times. The last time, he was 84 years old.
- The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, built a home valued at US$1 billion. It’s a 27-story building with 3 helipads, a 6-floor car park, a staff of 600, a 4-story hanging garden and a cinema.
- There is a gypsy tribe in India that celebrates death as one of the happiest events in their lives, while treating births with great grief.
- The Golden Temple in India feeds a vegetarian meal to over 100,000 people a day, called LANGAR.
- Indian housewives hold approx 11%of the World’s Gold. That is more than the reserves of the U.S., IMF, Switzerland and Germany put together.
- In India, many brides use the “Bichua”: a wedding ring for the toe.
- There’s a village in India that produces most bouncers and bodyguards of New Delhi’s nightclubs.
- Only about 1 or 2 in 100 marriages in India end in divorce, one of the lowest rates in the world.
- India has more people using the internet than the entire population of the U.S.
- During WW2, India produced the largest volunteer Army in world history: over 2.5 million men.
- The Bengal Tiger is the national animal of 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.
- India planted nearly 50 million trees in 24 hours on Monday, July 11, 2016, a new Guinness World Record.
- India’s name is derived from the “Indus” river.
- 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.
- Takshila in India is said to be the first every university in the world; it started around 700 BC.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chess was invented in India.
- Viswanathan Anand is the first player in chess history to have won the World Championship in three different formats: knockout, tournament, and match.
- Buttons were invented in India. Yes, your shirt’s buttons.
- 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).
- Martial Arts was first created in India.
- India is the world’s largest importer of arms, But India has never invaded or attacked a country.
- We also invented the ruler.
And discovered the number zero.
And the value of pi.
And trigonometry, algebra, calculus.
And cataract surgery.
And plastic surgery.
And diamond mining.
And water on the moon. Etc. Etc. Etc.