5 Amazing Facts about Ancient India

Amazing Facts about Ancient India

In this post I will talk about some amazing facts about ancient India.

Ancient India refers to India as it existed from the pre-historic times (c. 7000 BCE or earlier) to the start of the Muslim raids and invasion (700 AD). 

# 1 Amazing Facts about Ancient India
Amazing Facts about Ancient India Harappa Weights
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Ancient Indians in Harappan Civilization (~3000 BC) had a standardized system of weights where 1 unit = 0.86 g. The standard weights were: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 160, 200, 320, 640, 1600, 3200, 8000, 12800

# 2 Amazing Facts about Ancient India
Ancient Indian rishis had discovered the Pythagoras Theorem and were using it much before the time of Pythagoras (~500 BC).

The Baudhayana Shulbasutra (~800 BC) mentions right angles made using ropes having units 3,4,5 and 5,12,13 almost 300 years before Pythagoras!

# 3 Amazing Facts about Ancient India

Amazing Facts about Ancient India Hindu Time Units
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Indian time scales are huge.

1 kalpa is 4.32 billion years which is coincidentally (or maybe not?) the age of the earth!

# 4 Amazing Facts about Ancient India
Zero was discovered by Hindu mathematicians. Pingalacharya’s Chandrashatsra dated 200 BC mentions Shunya (zero) for the first time.

# 5 Amazing Facts about Ancient India
Amazing Facts about Ancient India Dashavatara Evolution
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Indian scientists and philosophers had discovered the principles of evolution much before Charles Darwin.

The Dashavatara or Dasavatar (10 incarnations of Vishnu) is a great example of how Rishis explained a complex concept to everyone.

Source
Landmarks of Science in Early India, Michel Danino (2009)
Science, Technology and Sanskrit in Ancient India, M G Prasad

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