History & Culture

27 Interesting Facts About India and Hinduism

Interesting Facts About India: India is celebrating it’s 75th independace from British rule. Let’s look at some of the most amazing facts about India and Hinduism which everyone must know.

1. The culture of India is a treasure for humanity.

Not a single other country is as rich as India when it comes to culture and traditions. Not just for the sake of religion or country, Indian culture comes through humanity, for humanity, and all the people regardless of what faith they follow. Culture is the one thing that binds the hearts of the whole nation as one. India believes in Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

2. Land of Spirituality

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.” And that’s not just him, every single Indian as well as people from outside see our country as the land of spirituality. We are spiritual believers, which provides the core support system of our lives. The strength, hope, and happiness that these beliefs provide are unshakeable.

3. India is the land of Maryada Purushottam Ram.

The birth land of Maryada Purushottam Ram, whose core value was that nobody should ever back off from their given the word. India is all about its different parts combined, and Ram Rajya was one of them. The land of the kingdom represents and teaches that everyone has the freedom to live, express, and have faith as they believe. 

4. In Hinduism, Indian beliefs, God is everywhere and is in everything. 

Amazing Facts about Hindus: Hindus believe that God is everywhere and give energy to the world, and it is believed that God is both in the world and beyond the universe. Hinduism always gives the freedom to worship God in one’s spiritual way, motivate in the multiplicity of paths, not asking for conformity to just one to worship that God concerning their rituals.

5. India is a land of Rani Laxmi Bai.

The truest example of women’s empowerment can’t be found anywhere in world history except for India. Rani Laxmi Bai is known for her courage and bravery as not only a widow or mother but also as a true nationalist. She wasn’t just a leader against the odds with Britishers, but also a visionary for a much better and developed India by her people.

6. In Hinduism, there are millions of gods.

Not only India is democratic in its politics, but there lies democracy in religion as well. Around a million gods in Hinduism alone, and the belief remains stronger even over centuries. I think this is what makes our country so rich—the democracy and freedom to choose to have your faith in what you believe.

7. Oldest civilization

As we all must already know, India is the oldest civilization and has been evolving and sometimes destructing since the beginning. The country has been an attraction to numerous invaders whose only motive was to kill and convert to other religions, and in doing so, they scorched earth’s strategy to break India and its diversity.

8. Largest population

Amazing Facts About India: India is the 2nd largest populated country after China. But India is the only country accommodating such a variety of religions and so many different people altogether, and no other country beats India on that ground.

9. Largest democracy 

Not the first, but India is a true democracy. People have the right to choose their leader, and the government in India is for the people, by the people, in which the president of India is the head of state, and the prime minister of India is the head of government. India follows the dual polity system, which is federal, that includes the central authority at the center and states.

10. Oldest democracy 

Malana village has been called one of the “oldest democracies” globally. The villagers believe that they are successors of the Aryan civilization. The village is situated in Himachal Pradesh, India; the people of this village do not consider them to be a part of India. They have their judiciary system as well. 

11. Yoga originated in India.

Yoga was an ancient practice done in the country, but because we didn’t have such resources to keep it under our copyright and give it our name, it never really got out of India for a while for other countries to cherish. Later, after a few decades or centuries, Americans stole yoga exercise, gave it an English name, and made their own. But tracing back its path to India again, the country is now wildly popular and an attractive figure to everyone worldwide.

12. Origin of Ayurveda

As we all must already know, India is the oldest civilization and has been evolving and sometimes destructing since the beginning. The country has been an attraction to numerous invaders whose only motive was to kill and convert to other religions, and in doing so, they scorched earth’s strategy to break India and its diversity.

13. India has numerous languages.

In India, there are 22 official languages and 1652 unofficial languages. Also, there are 270 mother tongues. Hindi is the national language of India which 366 million people usually speak in India, mostly heard across Central and North India. Hindi belongs to the Indo Aryan Family, one of the melodic and unique languages.

14. Lowest meat-eating country on earth

India is the second-lowest meat-eating country in the world. Hindus are the majority in India; it was estimated that around 400 million people are vegetarian. Hindus and Santan dharma believe that we should avoid eating meat as it hurts someone’s life and vegetarianism purify body and mind style.

15. Animals, trees, rivers, and the sun are considered sacred (nature) 

In India, cows are holy animals. In many rituals, we worship nature, such as animals, trees, rivers, and the sun. People are very protective of nature in India. As their rituals and they have to maintain nature, and also they depend directly or indirectly on nature.

16. Religions: Birthroot of four ancient religions

Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism-Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. There are many gods in Hinduism, and people from different religions worship different gods. People also worship nature as God in many areas, like the sun.

17. Indian Philosophy – Atithi Devo Bhava

In India, people follow the Philosophy “Atithi Devo Bhava,” in which we treat our Atithi, i.e., Guests, as God came to our house and made sure we could do every possible thing to make him comfortable. Britishers came to India, and we treated him as our Guest, but they fooled us, and they ruled us for more than 200 years.

18. Many Hindu-related things are still mysteries.

As diverse as our country is, the more secrets it has dissolved into its core. Some unanswered questions, some unexplainable discoveries, some mysteries. A few such mysteries are Ram Setu and Bhim Kund. No exact explanations have ever been made for these places, and we don’t think it’s ever going to get answered as well. But still, such secrets make a place more beautiful and more open to new possibilities, which makes it an exciting part.

19. In Hinduism, Hindus treat beggars as a form of God.

Gandhiji gave the title “Harijans” (Hari= God, jans= people), i.e., the people of God to the supposedly lower castes and treated them as a form of God, but in recent years due to sinners, people started avoiding such people. Although Hinduism has mostly been kind and helping towards beggars and gave them something or the other out of happiness whenever one such knocked upon their doors, the beliefs changed over time, and now people don’t respect them much.

20. More than 40 festivals in a year

In India, there are mainly six regions followed by the peoples, and every region has its festivals and ideology to celebrate the festivals. In North India, mainly people celebrate festivals like Diwali, Holi, Dussehra, Raksha Bandhan, and so on. TIll now there is no exact list of festivals in India, but as per the estimate, there are 40+ festivals in a year.

21. Indian marriages

In India, people enjoyed it a lot because the whole family gathered and there was a lot of fun. Family members and other relatives give the groom and bride lots of blessings. There are many religions in India; there are different marriage rituals in every religion. 

22. India has one of the lowest divorce rates in the world.

In India, people mostly prefer arranged marriages, and also since childhood, people used to learn to respect each other and their partner’s family. There are many festivals due to which the whole family gathered and made a strong bond with each other.

23. They have a strong sense of family.

People in India believe in unity, as this is present in their culture and nature of the people as most of the family is a joint family. In most festivals, all the relatives gather with each other and celebrate the festival with joy and enjoyment, and this made a strong sense of the family.

24. We will never leave our behind again.

Due to strong bonding with every citizen and humanity, we cannot leave anyone in a difficult situation. Since our childhood, we used to learn how to be with our family and other people. We should not even think bad about anyone, and we should always help each other.

25. Hindu calendar, there are six seasons or Ritus: 

In India, most of the places people follow the Hindu calendar. In this calendar, we have six seasons: Vasant Ritu (spring), Grisham Ritu (summer), Varsha Ritu (monsoon), Sharad Ritu (autumn), Hemant Ritu (pre-winter), and Shishir or Shita Ritu (winter). 

26. Pioneers of Cataract Surgery

The removal of cataracts by surgery was introduced to the world by India. Sushruta, known as the Father of Indian Medicine, invented cataract surgery in ancient times (6th century BC). He described cataract surgical procedures in Sushruta Samhita.

27. Meals on leaf plates

In Indian tradition, we use leaf plates for utensils. Nowadays, countries are suffering from plastic waste, which is the best way to reduce plastic waste. Banana leaves are rich in oxides and also help to cure diseases.

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