25 Amazing facts about India.

#1  India is home to 1,200,000,000 people. Thats 1.2 billion.

# 2  India has the largest number of vegetarians in the World.

# 3  Mahatma Gandhi , the Father of the Nation, disliked being photographed. Today his photo appears in every Government office and on currency notes.

# 4  Nine of the highest ten peaks in the world are found in the Himalaya range.

#5  India is among only 5 countries to successfully launch a Mars mission. This mission succeeded on its first attempt & cost less than a typical Hollywood movie.

# 6  Chess originated in India, as a game with the Sanskrit name ‘Chaturanga’.

# 7   Speaking of Sanskrit, it is widely believed this is one of the world’s root languages, from which many other languages originated.

# 8   Alexander the Great’s last conquest happened in present day Punjab, India, in the year 326 BC [ Before Christ]

# 9   Four major religions originated in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism & Sikhism

# 10  India produces over 1000 films annually. Contrary to popular belief, most of these films are NOT produced in Bollywood , Mumbai.

# 11  The Cow is revered by Hindus due to its mythological significance and as it provides  food in the form of  milk. Cows are however not worshipped in India.

#12  The numeral 0 , the value of Pi & the decimal point originated in ancient India.

#13  There are 23 official languages in India, and hundreds of local dialects.

# 14  White Tigers can be found only in India.

# 15  Even today in 2014, many marriages are not only arranged but are approved only when the bride and groom’s planetary astrology (horoscopes) match. These are calculated based on one’s exact date & time of Birth.

# 16  The Kama Sutra was written by a Hindu philosopher believed to have lived around the 3rd Century AD:

# 17  The Khajuraho temples with their sensuous sculptures are said to represent the lifestyle of women in medieval 11th century period.

#18  Marigold flowers are a considered a symbol of good fortune.

# 19  India’s national fruit is the Mango. There are over 500 Mango cultivars available, but thankfully only 20 varieties are widely popular.

# 20  The Indian Buffalo is domesticated and its milk is highly valued.

# 21  Houses in an Indian village, Shani Shingnapur in Maharashtra do not have doors and valuables are not kept under lock & key. Theft is non existent.

#22  Married Women in northern India observe an annual fast for the well being of their husbands. The fast is broken after sighting the moon.

#23  Raakhi is a Hindu tradition of a sister tying her brother a string around his wrist as a sign of their lifelong bond. In return brothers are expected to protect their sisters.

# 24  India is the world’s largest consumer of Gold in the form of jewelry.

# 25  Mumbai’s ”dabbawallas”, who deliver lunch to office workers, are said to be so reliable & accurate, they only get it wrong once every 6 million deliveries. They don’t use computers…