10 Lesser Known Facts About India

10 Lesser Known Facts About India

by Kanchan Negi

 

“We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which
no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.”  

-Albert Einstein

There had been many speculations about India and it has never ceased to shock the world. And to add to the shock factor, there are some lesser known facts about India listed below. Read on further to amaze yourselves:

#1 The Lonar Lake

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Lonar crater in Maharashtra was formed when a meteor hit the earth surface over 52 thousand years ago! Over the period, when forest and streams took over, the crater turned into an emerald green coloured lake.

#2 Wires Equal to the Earth’s Circumference

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Bandra-Worli Sea link, in Maharashtra, has steel wires of a length equal to the earth’s circumference! Each cable used in this project can take weights up to 900 tons.

#3 A Special Polling Booth

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Guru Bhagat Das, the solitary voter in Gir Forest! Every election, there is a special polling booth set up in Gir Forest, Gujarat, only for this one voter. He has been voting since 2004.

#4 The Land of Spices

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ISO enlist 109 different varieties of spices of which 75 types are produced in India! It is the world’s largest producer of spices. Over 70% of its produce is exported. Khari Baoli in New Delhi is the Asia’s biggest wholesale spice market.

#5 First University in the World

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The Takshashila university in Nalanda was recorded as the first university in the world! It was functional from 600 BC to 500 AD, over a span of 800 long years. The campus was spread over a mile in length and half-a-mile in width. The facility included 300 lecture halls, stone bench sitting arrangements, laboratories etc. Its entrance exam was way tougher and the pass rate was only 3 per 10 students.

#6 The Land of Inventions

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Shampoo, Buttons, Chess, Ayurveda, Yoga, Martial Arts, Zero, Calculus, Trigonometry, Algebra, Sugar, Diamonds and a lot more were first found in India.

#7 Religious Beliefs Are Seen From The Space

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The largest religious human gathering is recorded in Maha Kumbh Mela festival in Uttar Pradesh. This humongous gathering can be spotted even from the outer space!

#8 The Largest Sundial

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The world’s largest sundial, Jantar Mantar is located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is made of stone and by far the most accurate and ancient sundial in the world! However, a similar yet smaller version is made in New Delhi too.

#9 The Zero Rupee Note

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The zero rupee note is an imitation of bank notes issued in India. The sole purpose of issuing these notes was to fight corruption and bribes at the political level in India. The agitated citizens pay these notes whenever asked for bribes even for the basic tasks that were their rights!

#10 For the honorable owner of “Snapchat”

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In the month of September, 2009 India's Satalite Chandrayaan-1 have finally detected water using Moon mineral mapper, on the moon surface for the first time in ISRO's lunar history.

Aren’t you surprised already? Such is our Incredible India.

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