15 Things You Didn’t Know About India
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Today we’re looking at the incredible facts you didn’t know
about the seventh largest country in the world, India.
With the population of over a billion people,
India is one of the most influential
and powerful countries in the world.
Its culture has three as particularly complex and details,
spending forty-five hundred years of predominantly Hindu philosophy and theology.
Thousands of years later, modern India is profoundly different,
with its own colossal filming industry,
adverse population, and astonishingly big workforce.
Because ALUX.com is dedicated to becoming
the world’s best resource on the most interesting countries and destinations,
we couldn’t wait to bring you 15 things
you didn’t know about India.
1. Bollywood’s highest grossing film made 27 times
more than Hollywood’s highest grossing film.
For every six hundred films Hollywood produces,
Bollywood will make one thousand.
Here’s the most profitable films too,
when you compare the numbers.
Hollywood’s highest grossing film was 2009’s Avatar,
which made 2.8 billion dollars of the box office.
In stark contrast, the Bollywood’s film Three Idiots
brought in 76.81 billion, now that’s the profit.
2. Shampoo was invented in the sixteenth century India.
Derive from Essences great shampoo, which means massage.
The concept of shampooing was invented in India in the sixteenth century.
Herbs and natural ingredients were used then
rather than today’s combination of modern chemicals and fragrances,
in particular gooseberry, sapindales and fruit pulp.
When colonial visitors came to India,
they brought the practice of shampooing and hair washing
back with them to Europe.
3. Diamonds were first mined in India
and it was the world’s greatest producer.
India was the most productive diamond mining country in the world
until diamonds were found in Brazil in the eighteenth century.
There are now three active diamond mines in India, and
the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond was found in the thirteenth century.
The 793-karat stone went from person to person, and was
eventually acquired by Queen Victoria
during the British raj in India.
4. Elephants in Kerala can treat themselves to a spa day.
Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Center provides elephants with
baths, massages and soothing pamper sessions.
The spa caters to 59 clients,
and it’s a way of giving back to the sacred animal.
Elephants play an important role in Kerala’s temple processions,
and they are significant feature of the region,
so they deserve a massage every now and then.
5. The largest religious gathering in India
can be seen from space.
Kumbh Mela is the Hindu pilgrimage
which takes people to the banks of Ganges every 12 years.
The major event involves ritualistic bathing,
devotional singing, religious discussion and feeding the poor.
The attendance figure has to be capped at 75 million,
making it the largest pilgrimage honor.
6. Ancient Indian civilisation is the oldest in the world.
We often look the ancient Greece and ancient Egypt,
but Indian civilisation dates back to 2,400 B.C. when
it was splendid in the sixteen monarchies known as the maharaja padas.
There are even authenticated human remains
that date back to 30,000 years in South Asia.
The oldest Hindu texts were written
between 2,500 B.C.,
as well as the first texts on science, medicine and astronomy.
We actually owed the number zero to Indian mathematics,
who created the concept.
7. India is home to every major world religion
and doesn’t have a national language.
印度教 基督教 佛教 伊斯兰教
Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam
and Sikhism all have a place in Indian society,
with the most dominant being Hinduism and Islam,
covering 80 percent and 14 percent of the population respectively.
Judaism has existed in India for the last 2215 years,
and some of these small religions also featured
耆那教 索罗亚斯德教 巴哈教也是如此
including Jain, Zoroastrian and Bahai.
India also doesn’t have a single national language,
because 1652 dialects are spoken across the different regions.
8. A polling station is set up
for just one voter in Gir forest at every election.
Every election Marada Bharatdas Darshandas
gets his local polling station entirely to himself,
because he is the only resident of Gir forest.
He’s been voting in the Indian elections since 2004,
and never misses one.
Nobody has his own personal polling station.
Marada is the caretaker for the one temple and forest in Gujarat,
a homey shelter for the rare Asiatic lion.
9. The Indian government have used
scaffolding to hide the Taj Mahal when air strikes are predicted.
During the Second World War and India-Pakistan wars,
scaffolding was put up around the distinct dome of Taj Mahal
to make it less obvious from above.
They feared the strikes by the Japanese airforce during the WWⅡ,
so hid the most famous landmark.
More recent threats of the Taj Mahal include
the rising levels of the Jumna River,
which has cracked the tomb underneath the structure.
There has been a prediction that
the tombs could collapse at any time.
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10. 印度人创造了航海概念 瑜伽
10. Indians invented navigation, yoga,
the world’s cheapest car, and thorium-based nuclear power.
Indian society can take credit for
some of the most important inventions in the world.
They were the first who created the concept of navigation.
Over 6,000 years ago using rivers and seas.
Yoga was created 5,000 years ago,
and has roots in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
The world’s cheapest car the Tata Nano,
which costs around one hundred thousand rupees,
equivalent of fourteen hundred dollars.
And India is the home of the first
next-generation of thorium reactor.
The country is aiming to produce 30 percent
of the electrical power with thorium by 2050.
11. You can stay at the former Indian royal residence
for 88,000 dollars a night.
If you wanna stay at the lap of luxury,
forget Paris and forget Dubai.
India is the home of the most stunning palaces in the world.
Once the home of Maharajas, there are opulent palaces
around the country with some dating back hundreds of years.
The Kumarakom Lake Resort hosted
Prince Charles’s sixty-fifth birthday,
and the four-hundred-fifty-year-old Samode Palace in Jaipur
has hosted famous faces from all over the world.
12. King Jai Singh of Alwar snubbed
Rolls Royce in the best possible way.
India has a long and colorful history of
quirky monarchies and extravagant kings and queens.
The king of Alwar in northeast India was insulted by
a Rolls Royce salesman when he visited a showroom in London.
A very proud man,
he ordered a whole fleet of Rolls Royce cars
and gave them to the cities a waste department,
so they can use them to transport rubbish throughout the city.
13. One million Indians are millionaires.
India has one of the most dramatic wealth gaps in the world,
with 35 percent of the country living below the poverty line.
Those who live away above it
live a very different kind of life.
The richest Indian in the world is Mukesh Ambani,
who has a net worth of 53 billion dollars.
The 59-year-old made his money
in the oil and gas industry,
and his billion-dollar home recently made headlines
because he chose to build a 27-story skyscraper
instead of a sprawling mansion.
14. The first account of plastic surgery
was found in an ancient Sanskrit Text.
One of the first medical texts was the Sushruta Samhita,
which can be dated back to 6 century CE.
It was one of the very first examples of the medical text,
and discussing surgery, incisions, skin grafts, and nose reconstruction.
Britain’s first nose job wouldn’t be performed until 1814,
whirring 80 years before the Sushruta Samhita would be translated.
15. One of India’s most extravagant weddings caused controvery
because it was too extravagant.
婚礼由著名商人 即女方父亲操办 持续
Lasting five days and costing 74 million dollars,
the wedding of the daughter of a prominent businessman
made headlines in 2016 for all the wrong reasons,
the 2.5-million-dollar wedding sari,
Bollywood royalty in attendance,
and gold Bangalore parlor setting
was denounced as an obscene display of the wealth.
Millions of Indians live in poverty,
so the wedding was criticized for being in poor taste.
There are many stereotypical images in India,
but there are so much more in this incredible country
than many of us have known.
The center of many industries and the world’s biggest democracy,
印度对艺术 文学 科学 医学的
India has influenced art, literature, science
and medicine potentially more than any other nation.
If you can take a trip to this beautiful fascinating country,
where would you find yourself?
In a gorgeous Maharaja’s palace surrounded
by palm trees and rural countryside?
Or a modern apartment in the thick of busy Mumbai?
All you’re still here.
Here’s another bizarre and incredible fact about India,
About 40 percent of the Indian population is vegetarian,
making it the largest vege population in the world.
Many choose to not eat meat for spiritual and religious reasons,
with beef and pork products often rolled out of their diet.
Vegetarianism is so influential that KFC, McDonald’s
and Pizza Hut had to introduce vegetarian menus
for their Indian franchises to cater to the population.
The country with the fewest vegetarians is prodigal, with just
1.8 percent of the population having cut meat from their diet.
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