India is a country known for its rich culture, heritage, festivals and grand celebrations. Mahatama Gandhi – the preacher of non violence who inspired martin luther king, rabindra nath tagore- one of the most influential writers of all time, Amitabh bachan- The world renowned actor, are all children of Mother India. Here I present to you 10 very fascinating facts about India.
10 .The wettest place
Cherrapunji, a small town in the East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya , is the wettest place on earth. It holds the world record for the most rainfall in a calendar month (26461 mm in august 1860) and in a year (9300 mm in July 1861). Despite being the wettest place on earth, it faces acute shortage of portable water and the inhabitants have to trek for miles for it.
9. The unrustable pillar
The iron pillar which stands in the complex of Qutub Minar, Delhi is unrustable. This 7.3 m tall, made of 98 % iron, has stood 1600 years without rusting or decomposition . The pillar bears an inscription that it was erected in honour of Hindu god ” Vishnu ” and in memory of king Chandragupta 2 (375-413 AD). It gets as much attention as the main monument Qutub Minar gets . The iron pillar shows ancient India’s expertise in metallurgy but there is still a mystery surrounding this strange phenomena. Interestingly this mystery is yet to be solved.
8. Origin of zero
The number zero which first appeared in a book by Indian mathematician ‘Brahamagupta’ was devised by another great Indian mathematician named aryabhatta in 500 AD. He devised the concept but not the symbol currently used, instead he used `x` for it. Aryabhata also determined that the earth revolved around the sun long before the western world accepted the theory. We shall all regard aryabhatta as a hero for inventing zero.
7. Birthplace of chess