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10 mind-blowing unsolved mysteries of India

The diverse country India has several mind-blowing unsolved mysteries that our historians, scientists and rationalists are still looking for their answer.

India has a rich culture, big landmass, unabated heritage, vast glorious history as well as various customs and traditions.

As a result, these factors make India the land of mysteries.

You are familiar with some mystery events of India, such as destruction of Indus Valley Civilization, the sudden disappearance of great Indian freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose and mysterious death of former Indian Prime Minister Lala Lajpat Rai.

Apart from the three, India has so many puzzling things and events that will baffle you.  You will be hanging in oblivion and it will be a herculean task to find the exact reason for such occurrences.

Read these 10 mind-blowing unsolved mysteries of India and think why such things occur.

 

1. Skeletons Lake

 

Roopkund Lake is in the Himalayan ranges of Uttrakhand state.  It is also famous as the lake of skeletons for hundreds of human skeletons are visible at the bottom of lake water when the ice melts.

The Britishers found the skeletons first in 1942 and they suspected the bones could belong to Japanese forces.

 

skeleton lake of roopkund is one of mysteries of India
Roopkund Lake

 

But the later research proved the skeletons are as much ancient as 1200 years old.

Local legend says that these bones are of the group of people who went with the King of Kanauj Raja Jasdhaval on a pilgrimage to Nanda Devi Shrine and faced large hailstones storm.

However, the factual reason for these skeletons is still a mystery and now this place has become a tourist destination and one of the trekking places.

 

2. Suicidal event of mass birds

 

There is a village namely Matinga about 200 miles away from Guwahati city of Assam.

During the month of September and November in the dark night between 6 p.m.to 9 p.m., a large number of birds of various species die or injure by crashing with bamboo poles and buildings with no clear reason.

The famous Assamese naturalist Edward P Gee brought this phenomenon first to the world.

 

event of self killing bird is one of mysteries of india

 

The local tribes suspected this event to be the result of some evil spirits to terrorise them.

However, the scientists assume that the self-killing of these birds could be due to high-velocity winds at the foggy night.  And when they search for light as a refuge, they get collide with the trees.

But the exact reason for this event is unknown and it is also among one of the mysteries of India.

 

3. The Nine Unknown Men

 

It is supposed that the great Maurya King Ashoka had created a secret society comprising nine men after the Kalinga war which forced him to convert to Buddhism.

These unknown nine men were the world’s most intelligent persons in different subjects.  However, emperor Ashoka kept society clandestine to the world.

The purpose of the formation of this society was to keep the technological knowledge safe for human welfare and not to fall at the hands of evil persons to misuse it.

 

society of nine unknown men is a mystery in india
Image Credit: Postcard News

 

These nine men would gather information from nine fields, write down in their book and hand over them to the Nine Unknown Men of further generation for continuous writing.

Interestingly, these nine books covered subjects that included propaganda, physiology, microbiology, alchemy, communication, gravity, cosmogony, light and sociology.

People also believe that the invention of the atom bomb and martial art is the result of the leakage of information that the Nine Unknown Men had gathered.

Whether the nine unknown men exist or not, is still a mystery for the world.

 

4. The uninhabited village Kuldhara

 

Once upon a time, Kuldhara, situated in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, was a prosperous village.  As of a sudden, the residents abandoned the village at one night for some unknown reason.

According to the folklore, the cruelty of the city Diwan Salim Singh, also called Jalim Singh forced the villagers to leave the place.

He was attracted towards a beautiful girl of the village and he ordered his guards to take the girl to him. When the guards approached the girl, her guardians asked them to come the next day, and the residents left the village overnight.

 

Kuldhara village is one of mysteries in India

 

They also cursed that anybody trying to re-occupy the village would face paranormal activities.

However, the scholars claim that the residents abandoned the village gradually and perhaps for the dearth of water or the occurrence of an earthquake around the place.

By the way, what the actual reason is still a mystery and this place is among one of the haunted places of India.

 

5. The village of twins

 

India is a country which has the lowest rate of twin childbirth in the world.

But you would be surprised to know that a village namely Kodinhi in Malappuram district of Kerala is famous for large numbers of twin births.

Nearly 2000 families reside in the village and till today, 204 pairs of twins and two sets of triplets have born in Kodinhi.

 

Image Credit: The News Minute

 

The more surprising fact is that women of Kodinhi village married to far off places have also given birth to twin child.

In spite of the several studies conducted by the researchers, the exact reason for this phenomenon is not confirmed and hence it is in the list of unsolved mysteries in India.

 

6. Mysterious Red rain or blood rain

 

The residents of Kottayam and Idukki districts of Kerala state had mixed emotions of great surprise and fear on 25 July 2001 when the city underwent an unnatural phenomenon.

On that date, it rained for 20 minutes, but surprisingly, the colour of the rain was red, just like blood.  Not only this, people also witnessed yellow, green and black rain on that day.  Moreover, the red rain continued till 21 September.

 

 

 

The environmentalists and scientists proposed many assumptions for the happening of red rain, such as

 

                  The mix up of pollutants in rain-water

 

                  Combination of algae that are in abundance on the trees of Kerala

 

                  Disbursement of a meteorite explosion

 

However, the scientists, later, found in the lab test that the water content had not any debris but live microbes and DNA.

But they were unable to find the exact reason for the red rain and it is still one of the biggest mysteries in India.

 

7. The deafening sonic boom sound

 

A sonic boom is the harsh and loud sound produced by an aeroplane when it flies with the speed more than sound.

People of Jodhpur heard the same type of sound at 11.25 a.m. on 18 December 2012 and due to which they went outside of their house for an untoward fear.

People guessed it was a sonic boom caused by the testing of new aircraft or an ammunition explosion in the nearby army area.  But the defence department denied all these events.

 

 

Moreover, people also heard the sonic boom sound on the same date in the USA and the UK.

So, whether these sounds have any connection with each other and from where the sounds came, nobody on the earth could solve it as yet.

 

 8. The Reincarnation of Shanti Devi

 

The first incidence of reincarnation came into light in India in 1930 when a four-year-old girl remembered her past life.

Shanti Devi was a Delhi-born woman.  At the age of four, she said to her parents that her home was in Mathura where she lived with her husband Kedar Nath.

She further said that she died ten days after giving birth to her child.

Once, she had also tried to run away from his Delhi house to meet her family in Mathura.  Even in the school, she would use the words of Mathura dialect and tell the story of her reincarnation to the headmaster and teacher.

 

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And really, the school authorities found that a Mathura based merchant Kedar Nath lost his wife Lugdi Devi.

When they brought Kedar Nath pretending with another person in front of her, she immediately recognised him and Lugdi Devi’s son.

She also gave many details of Kedar Nath and his wife Lugdi Devi which convinced Kedar Nath that Shanti Devi is the reincarnation of her lost wife.

The famous Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi also set up a commission for investigation of her claim.  Shanti Devi identified her several family members, even grandfather of Lugdi Devi.

Though our science is not clear on the theory of reincarnation, the case of Shanti Devi is still an occult puzzle.

 

9.The mystery of Om Banna Temple

 

In Pali district of Rajasthan, there is a unique temple where people worship not the statue of any deity but an original bullet bike.

Surprised?

But it is true and the story behind it is very interesting.

On 2 December 1991, a youth namely Om Banna was travelling by his bullet bike in the Pali town when he accidentally hit the bike with a tree and died on the spot.

The police arrived there and took the bike to the police station.  But surprisingly, the bullet got disappeared from the police station and people found the bike at the same accident site.

 

 

Every time the police brought the bike to the police station, it became missing from there and was found at the same place the next day.

Local people began to say that the spirit of Om Banna is residing in the bullet, so they made a temple near the site and kept the bullet in the temple as a deity.

Now, nobody knows it was a foul trick of some mischievous person or the spirit of Om Banna is present in the bullet.

 

10. The mysterious saint Prahlad Jani 

 

Prahalad Jani was an Indian sadhu who claimed that he has lived without food and water for 70 years.

Also famous with the name Mataji, he believed that Goddess Amba blessed him with water dropping down from a hole of his palate due to which he is able to survive in starvation.

Many doctors at Sterling Hospital, Ahmedabad investigated his claims in 2003.  They also conducted several medical tests on him and concluded that he was able to survive in sound health for two weeks without food and water.

 

Image Credit: India.com

 

Again in 2010, the research team of Defence Institute Physiology and Allied Sciences tested on him and arrived at the conclusion that Prahalad Jani has an extreme form of adaption to starvation and water restriction.

Prahalad breathed his last in 2020 at the age of 90.

So these are a few mystery things and events that belong to our country.  You can write in the comment box if you have solved any of the mysteries.

Please leave your comment if you know some more unsolved mysteries of India.

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15 major contributions of India to the world

15 major contributions of India to the world

The contributions of India to the world are innumerable.  India is a land of great culture and civilization.  Science and technology were much developed in ancient India.

It is a country which has a marvellous legacy to the world.  There are wonderful contributions to ancient and modern India.

Certainly, these gifts of India changed the world and paved the way for modernisation.

Here are 15 great contributions of India to the world in different fields that make you feel proud of the country.

1. University of Takshashila and Nalanda

 

Takshashila was the first university in the world.  The university flourished in the kingdom of Gandhar from 600BC to 500AD.

At one time, more than 10,000 students from Greek, Syria, China and Babylon studied in the University.

In addition, 68 subjects including Vedas, philosophy, medicine, politics, astronomy, warfare, dance, mathematics were taught in this institution.

The legendary scholars like Kautilya, Vishnu Sharma, Panini and Jivak were the glory of the university.

 

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The University of Takshashila | Image source: Navbharattimes

Nalanda University was one of the most illustrious learning centres of India.  The emperor Kumargupta built the university in Bihar around the 5th century.

It was devoted to Buddhist studies but subjects like fine arts, astronomy, politics, the art of war and medicine were also the main topics.

2. Ayurveda

 

Ayurveda is the natural treatment of diseases.  Charak, the father of medicine introduced Ayurveda to the world 2500 years ago.

He propounded many concepts of Ayurveda.   For example, the concept of immunity, metabolism and indigestion.

Today Ayurveda is gaining fast acceptance as naturopathy in the world.

 

Charak, founder of ayurveda that was one of the contributions india.
Charak: Father of medicine

3. Mathematics

 

The Indian scientist Aryabhata invented the number zero.

Later, in the sixth century, Budhayana explained the concept of Pythagorean Theorem.  Moreover, he calculated the value of pi (π).

Similarly, Shridharcharya, in the 11th century, put forward the quadratic equation.

India also introduced the world to the decimal number system, part of trigonometry and calculus.

 

4. The theory of the atom

 

Kanad, one of the notable scientists of ancient India devised the atomic theory long before John Dalton.  He speculated the existence of paramaanu (atom) or a small indestructible particle.

He also stated that anu have tow states- stationary and motion.

 

 

 

Kanad-father of atom theory
Kanad-Father of Atom Theory | Image source: Mystery Of India

5. Game of snakes & ladders, chess and cards

 

In the 13th century, a poet-saint namely Gyandev created the game of snakes and ladders.  Ancient Indians called it Mokshapat.

The Indian people played the game with cowrie shells and dice.  The ladders in the game represented virtue while the snakes indicated vices.

Similarly, the game of chess is believed to have originated in India in the Gupta Empire during the 5th century.  People called this game as chaturanga.

Card game, also called suits was played in ancient India with the name karidapatram.

6. Surgery

 

Shushruta is known as the father of surgery.  2600 years ago, Shushruta and his team conducted several surgeries like cataract, urinary stones, caesareans, plastic surgeries and fractures.

Almost 3000 surgeries had been performed and nearly 120 surgical instruments had been invented by the time.

 

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Surgical instruments used by Shushruta

7. Contribution of Indus Valley Civilisation

 

There are several revolutionary gifts of Indus Valley Civilisation to the world.  Around 2000 B.C., people used ornamental buttons in Indus Valley Civilisation.

Not only these buttons were made from seashell but also some of them were carved into the geometric shapes.

Similarly, flush toilet and ruler measurements were the major contributions of this civilisation.

8. Yoga

 

Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual disciplines which originated in ancient India.  It is mentioned in Rigveda and developed around 5th BCE.

The renowned philosopher Swami Vivekananda and later Yoga Gurus from India introduced yoga to the western countries.

To this effect, UNESCO listed Yoga as an intangible cultural heritage.

9. Binary numbers

 

The use of a Binary numbers system is to write a computer program.  In this system, only two numbers or symbols are used, typically ‘0’ (zero) and ‘1’ (one).

It was none other than the Indian scholar Pingala developed a binary system for describing prosody in 2nd century BC.

10. Shampoo

 

Shampoo was originated in the eastern Indian regions by the Mughal Empire.

However, people used it as head massage, consisting of natural oils and fragrances, instead of modern usages.

It is interesting to know that a Bengali entrepreneur Sake Dean Mahomed, belonged to Bihar introduced the modern shampoo in Britain.

In addition to these, there are several gifts of modern India to the world.  Some of them are:

11. Rocket Missile

 

Rocket science developed initially in Mysore in the empire of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.  They successfully deployed the first iron-cased rocket in their military which proved as much fatal the British army.

Subsequently, the technology worked as a great weapon against the British.  However, their conflicts made Britishers know about the technology and they used the more developed European rocketry.

 

First rocket missile
First rocket missile | Image source: The Daily Star

12. Crescograph

 

It is a device to measure the growth in plants.  It was none other than the renowned Indian scientist Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose who invented Crescograp in the early 20th century.

In this instrument, a series of clockwork gears and a smoked glass plate record the movement of the roots of the plant.

So, the invention of crescograph is one of the great inventions in the field of biology.

 

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Crescograph invented by Jagadish Chandra Bose

13. Universal Serial Bus (USB)

 

We all are familiar with the term USB.  This device was defined and developed by an Indian American computer architect Ajay V. Bhatt.

Credit also goes to him for Accelerated Graphic Port (AGP), PCI express and various chipset improvements.

 

Ajay V Bhatt
Ajay V Bhatt | Image source: Darpan

14. Pentium chip

 

The Indo-American scientist Vinod Dham made a great contribution to the development of Intel’s Pentium Microprocessor.

So, Vinod Dham is popularly famous as the father of the Pentium chip.  He also co-invented Intel’s first Flash Memory Technology.

 

Vinod Dham founded pentium chip which was one of the contributions india.
Vinod Dham | Image source: Facebook

15. Fibre Optic Communication

 

Narinder Singh Kapani is an Indian born American physicist.  His article on fibre optics in Scientific American in 1960 established the term fibre optics.

So, Kapani is, in the true sense, “Father of Fiber Optics”.  The Fortune magazine honoured him as one of the seven “Unsung Heroes”.

The uses of optical fibres are in voice, data and video transmission technologies and also in medical purpose such as endoscopy.

 

 

 

Narinder Singh Kapani
Narinder Singh Kapani | Image source: Twitter

To sum up, we can say that India gave the world in each and every field and for this, we should proud of our country.

Through these contributions, India not only became the greatest country in the world but also enlightened the world to go on the path of development.

If you know some more contributions of India to the world, please write in the comment box.

 

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