Saturday, 25 April 2015
Friday, 24 April 2015
Do you Know The value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, long before the European mathematicians.
Do you Know, The BhaskarAcharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the Sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. According to BhaskarAcharya calculation, the total time taken by the Earth to orbit the Sun was 365.258756484 days.
The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.
The oldest European church and synagogue in India are in the city of Cochin. They were built in 1503 and 1568 respectively.It has been rated as the oldest synagogue in all the 53 member-countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.The Jewish Synagogue is located in what is today known as the Jew Town in the Kochi city of Kerala. It is the only one of the seven synagogues in the area that is still in use. The synagogue was built on a land gifted to the Malabari Yehuden community by Raja Varma, the then, Raja of Kochi and shares a common wall with the famous Mattancherry Palace temple. They were descendents of European and Middle Eastern Jews, who made their way to India during the pre British times. Black Jews, comprising traders and craftsmen were allowed only to pray and as such, were not admitted to full membership.
The largest religious building in the world is Angkor Wat, a Hindu Temple in Cambodia built at the end of the 11th century.
Did you know, Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 B.C. and 52 A.D. respectively.The Republic of India, located in south Asia, is the second most populous nation in the world, with over 1.2 billion people. The country has an historic legacy with three distinct ancient Jewish groups. Today, the Jewish population of India is approximately 5,000.
Thursday, 16 April 2015
India provides safety for more than 300,000 refugees originally from Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who escaped to flee religious and political persecution.
The Himalayas—from the Sanskrit hima, meaning “snow,” and alaya, meaning “abode”—are found in the north of India. They extend 1,500 miles and are slowly growing taller, by almost an inch (2.5 cm) a year. Several ancient Indian monasteries are found nestled in the grandeur of these mountains.
Alexander the Great of Macedon (356-323 B.C.) was one of the first important figures to bring India into contact with the West. After his death, a link between Europe and the East would not be restored until Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) landed in Calicut, India, in 1498.
The world’s first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
The largest employer in the world is the Indian Railways, employing more over a million people.Railways were first introduced to India in 1853 from Bombay (Now Mumbai) to Thane. In 1951 the systems were nationalized as one unit, the Indian Railways, becoming one of the largest networks in the world
Indian Railway successfully completed 150 years.In 2013-14, IR carried 8,425 million passengers annually or more than 23 million passengers daily.
India has the largest number of Post Offices in the world. With around 155618 post offices and over 566000 employees, India has the largest postal network in the world.
The world's highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. Built in 1893 after leveling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level.Athough long recognised as the world's highest cricket ground Chail Cricket Ground currently is just a play ground of the Military school in Chail.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
The game of Snakes & Ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called 'Mokshapat'.
The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices. The game was played with cowrie shells and dices. In time, the game underwent several modifications, but its meaning remained the same, i.e. good deeds take people to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births. Modern days it was called as Ludo game.
The World's First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The shikhara of the temple is made from a single 80-tonne piece of granite. This magnificent temple was built in just five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja Chola.
Did you Know the Great Game Chess was invented in India.
The history of chess spans over 1500 years. The earliest predecessor of the game probably originated in India, before the 6th century AD.
The Persian invaders converted Country into Hindu. The name 'Hindustan' combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus, spoken as Hindustan or India.
The name 'India' is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshipers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.
The Sanskrit word aratrika with the same meaning aarti is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. It is a prayerful ceremony performed in extolled greeting and thanksgiving of the Deities where devotees are reminded of God’s glorious presence and providence. Often it is performed in temples six or seven times per day.
The KaliYug (Iron Age)
The Yug Cycle tells us that we are now living in the Kali Yug. according to Indian Myths the age of darkness, when morality and mental capabilities reach their lowest point in the end of Yug cycle. The Great Indian epic, Mahabharata describes the Kali Yuga as the period when the “World Soul” is Black in color, only one quarter of morality remains, which slowly fade to zero .The KaliYug (Iron Age) was preceded by three others Yugas: SatYug (Golden Age), Treta Yug (Silver Age) and the Dwapara Yug (Bronze Age). in Sanskrit scriptures, this is the “Age of Downfall”, that is the fourth stage of the world development that we are currently in. According to the astronomer and the mathematician Aryabhatta the KaliYug started in 3102 BC. He finished his book “Aryabhatta” in 499 AD in which he gives the exact year of the beginning of KaliYug.