When you think of India, you think of Bollywood; how gracious the colors are, the music, and the magic behind the movies. Bollywood is the biggest film producer in the world producing 1100 movies every year. Located in Mumbai, Bollywood is ahead of Hollywood and slightly ahead of Nigeria’s Nollywood.
Varanasi also known as, Benares was established in 500 B.C, following the visit of Lord Buddha. The Ancient city sits 200 miles from Lucknow, state capital of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of river Ganga. Among the seven sacred cities, Varanasi remains the holiest, a real pride of India.
9. Indus Valley Civilization:
India hosted one of the oldest and largest civilizations that flourished approximately 5000 BC to 1500 BC. The Indus Valley Civilization was an ancient civilization located in what is Pakistan and northwest India today, on the fertile flood plain of the Indus River and its vicinity. Evidence of religious practices in this area date back approximately to 5500 BCE. Farming settlements began around 4000 BCE and around 3000 BCE there appeared the first signs of urbanization. By 2600 BCE, dozens of towns and cities had been established, and between 2500 and 2000 BCE the Indus Valley Civilization was at its peak.
8. 4th Largest Employer:
Indian Railway network has over one million employees. Assuming each person supports a family of four that is a total four million people supported by a single employer. These are without counting the number of people served by the 1 million employees and what effect that has to humanity and economics. This is a fact to be proud of India.
7. India Post:
India’s post office is another source of pride for Indians. It is the largest network of post offices in the world. The country hosts a total of 154,866 post offices. 139,040 post offices are in rural areas; 15,825 post offices are in urban areas. During the independence, India was a host to 23,344 post offices since independence the Indian post office has grown nearly six fold.
6. Takshila University:
India hosted the first ever university in the world which was, built in Takshila in 700 BC. During that time, the university hosted 10,500 students all studying more than 60 different subjects. Nalanda University as portrayed was, built in the 4-century. These were one of the greatest amazing achievements in education.
Interestingly algebra, calculus, and trigonometry originated from India. The first use of quadratic equations was in the 11th century by Sridharacharya. Indians were already using numbers 10^53 as early as 5000 B.C. Upto this day, the largest number still in use is terra 10^12 far behind the 10^53 .
India is the largest democracy in the world. 2014 elections in India had a total of 814.5 million eligible voters and a turnout of 66.38% totaling over 540 million voters. These were the biggest general election in the world. The country has 543 parliamentary seats. The election process took nine phases making it the longest election in the world
Currently, India is the world’s biggest consumer and producer of mangoes. India produces more than 40% of the total world mangoes ahead of Bangladesh, Thailand, and China. In India, there are hundreds of different Indian mangoes, 30 of which are used for commercially purposes. Indians believe that the Alfonso Mango is the best in world.
Hindu medicine is as ancient as Hindu Civilisation. Ayurveda by definition implies “The Science of Life”.(Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word derived from two roots: ayur, which means life, and veda, knowledge). Its origin is traced back to the Vedic times about 5000BC. Ayurveda is a part of the Atharva Veda which solely deals with medicine. Charaka (~6th – 2nd century BCE) was one of the principal contributors to the ancient art and science of Ayurveda, a system of medicine and lifestyle developed in Ancient India. He is famous for authoring the medical treatise, the Charaka Samhita. He is well known as the “father of medicine”. Interesting fact is that Ayurveda is only medicine process which help you to prevent getting sick. Other treatment comes in action only after you are down.
1. The Kumbh Mela:
Also known as Grand Pitcher Festival, The Kumbh Mela festival is the biggest religious festival in the world. In the year 2013, the festival attracted 120 million people. This earns Kumbh Mela, the title of the largest peaceful gathering in the world ahead of Muslim pilgrimage to mecca.