Here is another set of 20 jaw dropping India facts for you. We are quite sure that you will either feel amazed (if you are an Indian) or you will feel jealous (if you are not an Indian). Whatever the case be, we will just continue writing because this article is just the second installment of facts about India. There is more to come… literally many. So, no further fancy opening paragraphs – just facts!
Jaw Dropping India Facts: 1-5
1. You must be shampooing for many years now with big brands like L’oreal, Ponds, Garnier and more. But did you know that the western world didn’t even know about that? It was India from where the concept of shampooing emerged. So folks, you owe your silky smooth hair to Indians.
2. You must have heard of names like Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Ananda, Vladimir Kramnik, Anatoly Karpov and more. Yes, they are all world champions of Chess. But, did you know that chess was actually invented by Indians? The earliest version of chess was Chaturanga invented back in 6th century.
3. And then there is Ludo – a board and dice game that has become insanely popular among children and females worldwide. That too was invented in India and the original form of the game is known as Pacheesi. Pacheesi is actually far more difficult compared to super-simplified Ludo.
4. Yet another Indian board game called Snakes and Ladders is another classic game that still thrills children across the globe. Yes, Indian invented the game and has a deep moral hidden in it. It shows life’s complicated journey where virtues (represented by ladders) help you move up in life and vices (represented by snakes) pull you down.
Okay, we can talk of many things like this that India discovered or invented and then the world followed or adopted. We have already done a quick article on the same. Feel free to read. The link is in the blue box below:
5. Did you know that Pythagoras Theorem that is famously credited to Greek mathematician Pythagoras was actually a brainchild of Indian mathematician (and possibly a sage) and an architect of the ancient times? His name was Budhayana.
Full article here: Indian Mathematician Budhayana Originally Discovered Pythagorean Theorem.
Jaw Dropping India Facts: 6-10
6. While we are still on the subject of science and mathematics, did you know that it was Acharya Kanad who gave the atomic theory some 2,600 years before John Dalton (the person who has been credited for atomic theory) was even born?
Full article here: Indian Sage Kanad Gave Atomic Theory 2,600 Years Ago, Not John Dalton.
7. And the Wright Brothers who are credited for the first airplane… what a lie! Did you know that it was actually Shivkar Bapuji Talpade who designed and flew an airplane using concepts described in Rig Veda?
Full article here: Did Wright Brothers Create the First Airplane?
8. Let’s talk Physics (not in great details though). Today there is the theory of Multiverse in String Theory or M-Theory. But did you know that Vedas actually talk of 64 main dimensions with many more sub-dimensions and that there are many universes existing in clustered form such as that of a foam? Well, it is undeniable that Vedas are extremely scientific and hence the possibility of more than 3 dimensions (that cannot be perceived by humans) and countless universes cannot be ruled out. How can we rule it out anyway? M-Theory is pondering on the same possibility. However, the exact accuracy of the Vedas cannot be clarified now because there is no one who can give precise explanation. We Indians have simply crippled ourselves!
9. Talk of language and Sanskrit emerges as the most scientific language till date. The language is one-to-one mapping between orthography and phonography. Orthography is what you write and phonography is what you speak. There are extreme levels of ambiguity in English, which makes it an extremely uncomfortable language for the computers to speak (if at all you wanted to make a computer speak). As a matter of fact, Rick Briggs, a scientist of NASA actually wrote a whole article which explains why Sanskrit is the most scientific language in world and why it is best suited for computer programming as well as for artificial intelligence. The whole article can be found here.
10. Astronomers from England’s University of Sheffield did something extraordinary in 2010. Our Sun’s outer atmosphere has a magnetic field which produces vibrations. They made use of imaging tools and satellites for pattern decoding of the recorded vibrations. They did so because sound doesn’t have the ability to travel through vacuum. It turned out that a part of the sound that is emanated by the magnetic field actually sounded like “Aum” (usually spoken as Om) – a Sanskrit word. NASA acknowledged the same!