9 Facts About Ancient Indians That Would Make You A Proud Indian
“We owe a lot to the ancient Indians, teaching us how to count. Without which most modern scientific discoveries would have been impossible.” – Albert Einstein
India is rich in its differed culture and legacy, and we should take pride in being its part.
Regardless of whether it’s making the best steel on the planet to educating the world to include, India has been spearheading adding to the field of science and innovation since time obscure.
Ayurveda – which has increased overall recognition off-late, has been drilled in India since time immemorial.
Appropriate from the hypothesis of particle to yoga going back 5000 years, we possess everything. Indian astronomer, Varahmihira anticipated the presence of water on Mars 1500 years prior, and we call our country still developing!
Ancient Indian Science is an excellent case of how visionary and propelled our researchers have been.
While some of these groundbreaking contributions are acknowledged, some are still unknown to most.
Here is a list of 9 contributions made by ancient Indians to the world of science and technology, that will make every Indian feel proud.
1. Sushruta Samhita – The oldest medical and surgical encyclopedia.
Created by Sushruta, likewise considered as the father of medical procedure, Sushruta Samhita is the most vital surviving ancient medical document viewed as the foundational content for Ayurveda. It contains 184 parts with depictions of 1,120 sicknesses, 700 restorative plants, 64 arrangements from mineral sources and 57 arrangements in light of animal sources. The book likewise has huge points of interest on embryology, human life structures, alongside guidelines for venesection.
2. The science behind eclipses was explained in the 5th century.
Aryabhata accurately clarified the phenomenon of occurrence of the lunar eclipse and the solar eclipse. Aryabhatiya, written in 499 AD, is the most seasoned surviving Indian work with alphabet numerals.
3. Number ‘zero’ was invented in the 5th century.
The most noteworthy scientific development till date is ‘zero.’ Indians have been playing with numbers as ahead of schedule as second century BC. Mathematician Aryabhata was the main individual to make an image for zero. Numerical activities like addition and subtraction began after that. The origin of the modern decimal place system developed in India around 100 BC.
4. We first acknowledged the existence of the solar system.
The main specify of the focal position of the sun and different planets orbiting it in the solar system can be found in Rig Veda 1.164.13
“Sun moves in its orbit which itself is moving. Earth and other bodies move around sun due to the force of attraction, because the sun is heavier than them.”
5. Mahabharata mentions the concept of cloning and test tube babies.
We know ‘Kauravas’ were hundred in number. There is a logical clarification connected to the reality. Each ‘Kaurava’ was made by part an embryo into 100 sections and developing each part in a different kund (holder – implying test tube idea). This is identical to the cloning process today.
6. The existence of gravity was accounted in the Vedas.
Ancient Indian researchers had made sense of the idea of gravity ahead of Newton. The hypothesis of attraction was made 1200 years previously Newton by an Indian Mathematician Bhaskaracharya.
7. The speed of light was discovered as early as the 14th century.
Studies reveal that speed of light was determined accurately in Rig Veda thousands of years ago and was further elaborated by Sayana, a Vedic scholar in the 14th century.
He once said, “With deep respect, I bow to the sun, who travels 2,202 yojanas in half a nimesha.”
1 yojana is estimated to be in between 8-9 miles
1 yojana = 9 miles
1 nimesha = 16/75 of a second
Therefore, 2,202 yojanas x 9 miles x 75/8 nimeshas = 185,794 miles per second = 2,99,000 kilometers per second.
That’s astonishingly close to the real ‘scientifically-proven’ speed of light which is 3,00,000 kilometers per second.
8. The circumference of Earth.
Unfortunately, Greeks appreciate the credit for this disclosure, while it was Aryabhata, who reasoned a detailing demonstrating that the Earth is rotating on an axis. He presented the idea and evaluated the estimation of pi (3.1416). He at that point inferred that the perimeter of Earth was around 39,736 kilometers. The real outline of Earth, as derived by researchers today, is 40,075 kilometers.
9. ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ precisely calculates the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
Hanuman, in his childhood, assuming the Sun to be a ripe mango, jumped to catch it. Tulsidas recounts this incident in his Hanuman Chalisa as follows:
“Juga Sahastra Yojana Par Bhanu, Leelyo Taahi Madhura Phala Jaanu” which means
that Hanumanji jumped for the Sun, thinking it is a sweet fruit, which is at a distance of Juug Sahastra Yojans (distance unit in Hindi),
1 Juug =4,320,000 years = 12000 divine years 12000 divine years
1 Sahastra= 1000 years
1 Yojan = 8 Miles
1 mile = 1.6 km
Thus, 12000 X 1000 X 8 = 96,000,000 miles = 96 million miles
According to the calculation presented in Hanuman Chalisa,
The distance between Sun and Earth = 12000 x 1000 yojanas = 96 million miles = 153.6 million km, which is much closer to the calculation of the modern scientists.
Hope the story has added some respect in your heart for your heritage.
Please feel free to pour in your suggestions in the comment section below.