10 things you didn’t know about Extravagant India!

  1. Indians fold their hands in ‘Namaste’ as the gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”
  2. India is the only country that gave birth to four major religions in the world –  Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Christianity and Islam were later introduced and followed.
  3. The art of making medicines was established in India, 2500 years ago, much before any other country. Sushruta along with his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract, artificial limbs, cesarean, fractures, urinary stones, plastic surgery and brain surgeries, 2600 year ago when nobody could imagine such miracles of science.
  4. The much popularized Yoga in the first world countries has taken many forms like Power yoga, etc; originated in India some 5000 years ago.
  5. To avoid polluting the elements (fire, earth, water, air), followers of Zoroastrianism don’t bury their dead, but instead leave bodies in buildings called “Towers of Silence” for the vultures to pick clean. After the bones dry, they are swept into a central well.
  6. Many Indian wives will never say their husband’s name aloud, as it is a sign of disrespect. When addressing him, the wife will use several indirect references, such as “ji” or “look here” or “hello,” or even refer to him as the father of her child. This is prominent even today, women highly educated also detest using her husband’s name to address him!
  7. Touching elder’s feet is seen as a sign of respect and humility. People who refrain from such activities are categorised as manner less and culture less.
  8. The Banyan tree is considered to be a symbol of immortality and women worship the tree on various festivals by tying a sacred red thread around the tree.
  9. Guests arriving at home are considered as God and are served accordingly. It is an ancient belief and in Sanskrit it is called-“Atithi Devo Bhava”.
  10. Indians have a tradition of fasting on various occasions. The fast can be of 24 hours or a duration of 9 days. Girls keep a fast on every Monday in hopes of a good husband. Thursday is a popular day of the week for fasting as planet Jupiter affects our lives the most. It is done to make the planet act in favour of us.  Fasting helps create an atonement with the Absolute by establishing a harmonious relationship between the body and the soul. One is expected to live piously, give charity and refrain from eating non-vegetarian food whenever observing fast for a spiritual or religious purpose in India. Our religious scriptures state fasting is not only a part of worship, but a great instrument for inculcating self-discipline too.


35 thoughts on “10 things you didn’t know about Extravagant India!

  1. Thank you for being so informative. I’ve learned something new today. I think a new goal for me should be to learn at least one new thing about a different culture everyday.

  2. This was a great read as I love to read about other cultures and religons. I, myself am a beginner christian and have been searching my own faith and what I do and dont believe in. Its interesting to hear and listen to other perspectives and values on life. Thanks for the read.

    • Hello Mrs.Conundrum
      It is nice to hear that you are interested in other religions too. I am sure you can learn a lot about Hinduism here!
      Thank you for reading!

  3. Hi Tanushree!! Another excellent post about India. I continue to learn by watching and listening. Thank you so much for raising awareness about your country! I hope to visit this coming year….Maybe it will come to pass!

  4. You are getting quite a following Tanushree. Your articles are well-researched, well written, just the right length, and interesting. I am also learning. My x-daughter-in-law was from China/Thiland by way of France, and wasn’t quite sure whether she was Buddhist of Hindu. She tried to explain some of the things you have made really clear in this short article. Good work!

  5. Thank you for your posts. My husband associates with many Indian families through his work and so our family has had the opportunity to learn more about the culture. I appreciate the further insight you provide. Thanks!

  6. I always enjoyed, or rather thought it was the most interesting thing, that Kautilya wrote the Arthashastra roughly 1000 years before Machiavelli wrote The Prince. (My numbers may be off) That two wholly disparate societies could produce seemingly identical philosophies independently of each other is fascinating.

  7. I’m so glad I read this. It explains so much about your culture that I didn’t understand before and increases the respect I have for Indians that I have met in Canada. Knowing also decreases fear of the unknown and prejudice.

  8. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog nominations award, Congratulations’!
    On a personal note your blogs are insightful, beautiful and worth finding. Lost Lamb
    Also see you haven’t been in a some time, I pray all is well.

  9. Thank you for another glimpse into your country and the traditions held therein.
    Thanks for stopping by ‘my place’ 🙂
    While different people are very much alike.
    Peace to you and yours. I understand from another blogger from India that late October is a festival time in India – May you and yours enjoy the blessings of your holy days.

  10. Reblogged this on SOUL HARMONY ON DEMAND and commented:
    Wonder summary of Indian life in 10 points. It brought me back to my Indian memories. I will add beauty of saris and endless sound in the background, far away from a place to meditate as I though it would be….it was a place of vivid life.

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