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World’s biggest temple in Cambodia!

While many world-famous temples are located in India, the world’s biggest temple is located in Cambodia. With Lord Vishnu as main deity, Angkor Wat temple (originially as ‘Vrah VishnuLok’) is considered as the largest temple religious monument in the world and also as the heart and soul of Cambodia. Built by Suryavarman II of Khmer Empire in the 12th century in Yashodharapura, as the earthly representation of sacred Mt. Meru, the temple is spread at 162 hectares and the main deity is measured 3.25 mts i.e. 10.6 ft in height, with eight arms each holding weapons. According to a Chinese traveler, the temple was said to have built in a single night by a divine architect and sandstone was the main building material used.

Sanskrit-speaking villages!

Did you ever heard of people using Sanskrit for their day-to-day communication in the present-day world? You need to know. There are five Indian villages, Mattur & Hosahalli from Karnataka; Jhiri, Mohad & Baghuar from Madhya Pradesh). From subject-oriented discussions to buying & selling things and chit-chatting with friends, people in these villages speak Sanskrit in their regular communication.


Plastic surgery, a 5k-yr old story!

May might think of plastic surgery as a method that originated in 1900s. But, it’s not the case for India. The origin of plastic surgery dates back to ancient Indian Vedic civilization, more than 5000 years. Sushrutha Maharshi is described as the very first one to have performed and explained plastic surgery in detail. Sushrutha (said to have lived more than 150 years before Hippocrates) described the principles of plastic surgery in his ‘Sushrutha Samhitha’, which is agreed by researchers across the globe, as the oldest treatise that explains plastic surgery in detail and also has considerable surgical knowledge of relevance even today, in fact, more advanced than current-day techniques. Midwifery and Rhinoplasty are among many other vital aspects of surgical science (Salya-tantra) dealt by Sushrutha. As the generations passed on, the treatise was translated into Arabic in 8th century A.D. and into European in 19th century and so on.


Sacred River of Secrets!

River Gandaki in Nepal is home to many astonishing things. Gandaki is home to sacred stones called ‘Shalagramas’, which are considered as representation of Lord Vishnu. These are available in various shapes, carved naturally by a diamond-toothed insect called ‘Vajrakeeta’. This insect, with its teeth, cuts through the sacred stone and resides inside till its death. Cutting through the stones results in those stones taking various shapes/symbols, each considered to be various representations of Lord Vishnu.

These stones should not be bought or sold and are available only under waters. The only weapon that can bring these stones from the riverbed onto the river surface is sacred ‘Tulsi’. When a leaf of tulsi is dropped in Gandaki, Shalagram gets attracted to it, as tulsi is the only thing that ‘Vajrakeeta’ takes in as a food. That’s how one can get Shaligrams from Gandaki, as said by researchers and scholars.

Not just dung!

“Cow dung can absorb all the three rays: Alpha, Beta and Gamma,” say research studies. While alpha and beta rays fail after some level of penetration, gamma rays can penetrate deep into the human body and damage the vital tissues and organs. Gamma rays are the ones emitted out of nuclear reaction. Scientists suggest a thick layering of cow dung can block such harmful rays. Besides, plastering of houses for cooling even in summer (as seen in rural India), as a fertilizer for healthy and increased crop yield, are among many other medicinal and scientific applications of cow dung.

The other side of ants

Suturing/sealing wounds (especially abdominal wounds, among others) using ants/termites has been very prevalent across regions like Asia (India), Africa, among others, mostly among primitive tribes. In the process, the edges of the wound are drawn closer and then, an ant/insect is allowed to bite along the borders of the wound, thus firmly securing the flesh on all sides. Once attached, the insect’s body is detached and only the jaws of it remain in place, holding the wound shut.