The name India would always flash vivid images of a mythical culture, various dance forms, colourful festivals, astonishing art and best cuisines to name a few. But there is more to our Incredible India than this.
On the 69th Independence Day of India, TDD lists downs 15 amazing facts that you should definitely know this 15th of August!
Fact 1: Invention of Number system and Zero
India invented the number system between 1st and 4th centuries. An Indian scholar Pingala used the Sanskrit word “sunya” to explicitly refer to zero. This is so far the earliest known use of sunya to mean zero in India. Doodle using everyday objects, band-aid used as features of stupa entry.
Fact 2: Largest no. of post offices the world is in India
India has the largest number of post offices in the world with 1,55,618 post offices & over 5,66,000 employees ? DIY using everyday objects pulses used for INDIA POST logo.
Fact 3: Chess was invented in India
Chess was invented in India about 1500 years ago. The game of chess was originally used to prepare king’s strategic thinking on warfare. Doodle using everyday objects: pencap used as chess pieces.
Fact 4: One of the largest employers of the world are from India
One of the largest employer of the world is the Indian Railways, employing over 1.4 million people followed by the Indian Armed forces with 1.3 million respected army members. Doodle using everyday objects: Hair clip used as head of train engine.
Fact 5: The world’s largest pilgrimage destination & the richest temple belong to India
The Vishnu temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century, is the world’s largest pilgrimage destination, an average of 30k visitors donate $6 million to the temple everyday. On the other hand, Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala is one of the richest temples with more than 1lakh crores worth treasures ✨? interesting isn’t it? Doodle using everyday objects, clothespin used as features of temple.
Fact 6: Origin of Yoga in India
Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5000 years now ? Doodle using everyday objects, cigar pipe used for yoga pose.
Fact 7: When distance covered by Indian Railways in a day does not fail to amaze you
The total distance covered by the 14,300 trains of Indian Railways everyday equals three and half times distance to moon ?? Doodle using everyday objects: medicine capsules used as train.
Fact 8: Martial Arts was first created in India
Martial Arts was first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries. Dhanurveda, a section found in the Vedas contain references to martial arts. Doodle using everyday objects: tic tac hair clip used as flying kick/ legs.
Fact 9: All the mathematics we hated. Thanks to India!
Algebra, Trigonometry & calculus are studies originated in India ?Doodle using everyday objects: makeup sponge used as triangle.
Fact 10: Ayurveda was invented in India
Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The father of medicine Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago ?? Doodle using everyday objects: cupcake used as Ayurvedic bowl.
Fact 11: The world’s highest cricket ground is in India
The world’s highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. It was built in 1893 after levelling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 metres above the sea level. Doodle using everyday objects: toothpicks used as wickets.
Fact 12: Banyan Tree is India’s national tree
Did you know that Banyan tree is the national tree of India because it represents eternal life. The country’s unity is symbolized by the tree’s huge structure and deep roots. Doodle using everyday objects: ladyfinger used as leaves of banyan tree.
Fact 13: Hello Diamonds!
Until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds in the world. Doodle using everyday objects: sugar crystals used as diamond.
Fact 14: The game of snakes and ladders was invented in India
Snakes and ladders was created in the 13th century by poet Gyandev. It was originally called ‘Mokshapat.‘ The ladders in the game represented the virtues and snakes indicted the vices. The meaning behind the game was good deeds take people to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births. Doodle using everyday objects: green chilli used as snake and matchsticks used for ladder.
Fact 15: The name ‘India’ is derived from the river ‘Indus’
The Aryan worshippers referred the river Indus as Sindhu, which was later converted to Hindu by persian invaders. The name ‘Hindustan’ combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of Hindus. DIY using everyday objects, play doh, beads and feathers from dreamcatcher used as peacock.
Jai Hind ~ TDD