Mar 20, 2014
India is known to be one of the most densely populated countries with a rich diverse culture and a civilization heritage of more than 5000 years. The vast cultural diversity is manifested in the monuments, temples, mosques, churches, monasteries, gurudwaras and so much more. It is a land of traditional rituals, fascinating festivals and mesmerizing ceremonies. The Indian culture is the combination of diverse cultures across the country and traditions which are dated some centuries behind. Despite having a large diversity in terms of religion, regions and languages, the country stands united as a strong international power with its economy being one of the largest. It boosts of having the largest democracy in the world and holds the world’s largest, oldest, continuous civilization. This has made the country receive millions of travelers around the globe to visit some of its stunning cultural spots. Here are some of the amazing facts about the Indian Culture.
Specialists in Architecture
Indian architecture has gained popularity around the world due to their well known skill of building technical and artistic cultures which remain admirable to many visitors. This represents the diversity dating back to the 15th century. One can find notable monuments like the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Fatehpur Sikri and Red Fort depicting the Mughal architecture. Also, the well known Mumbai’s Nariman Point is famous for its Art Deco buildings. The numerous temples which are built with high expertise are a clear indication of presence of well trained Indian architectures.(image by dario boente)
Respect and Welcoming Heart
Indians greet each other by joining hands together at their chest and using the phrase “Namaste” or rather “Namaskar”. Value for humanity and respect to the elders forms a major compliment of the Indian culture. This is because the elders stand to be the driving force for any family and blessings from the elders are taken by touching their feet. So they are always loved and taken care of by the community. The guests are also treated with a lot of concern even if they are not part of the family.
It is said that the first Indian university was built in an area known as Takshila around 700 BC. This brought thousands of students around the globe who were capable of learning 60 different subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education. Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus theories are said to have also originated in India. It is said that Quadratic equations were used by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. Other inventions such as the Art of Navigation and Navigating are attributed to this wonderful culture.
The traditional clothing of the Indian culture includes saris, ghagra-coli, salwar-kameez, dupatta, dhoti, pyjama and kurta. Nevertheless, Indo-Western clothing, a fusion of Western and Sub continental fashion, has largely influenced the young generation. This makes them unique from many communities around the globe. Their outstanding culture will live long from generation to generation.(image by Sophia Williams)
This is not enough. One of the world’s largest and most adorable cultures cannot be explained just in words. This is a complete over view of what happens in the great country of India. Make a visit to this fascinating country, and your dreams will come true. You will get to learn more, and even be part of this great and kind community. Enjoy!
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