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10 amazing facts about Namma Bengaluru

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1. At the height of over 3,000 feet above sea level, Bangalore is situated even above Dehradun. No wonder the city enjoys pleasant climate throughout the year.

 

2. Bangalore became one of the first cities in India to have electricity from hydro power, powered by the hydroelectric plant situated in Shivanasamudra in 1906.

 

3. It has highest percentage of engineers in the world, with more than a million IT professionals making the city their home. Bangalore has the highest number of software companies in India. It is called the Silicon Valley of India.

 

4. Apart from more than 1000 species of flora and fauna. The Lal Bagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth, dating back to 3,000 million years and many trees that are more than a century old.

 

5. Since being founded in the 2nd century, Bangalore has maintained the drainage & sanitary systems infrastructure that was fitted then. This makes it the oldest drainage infrastructure in the world.

 

6. It is so far considered one of the cleanest cities in India. It was the only city previously in the world to have commercial and defense airports operating from the same strip.

 

7. Bangalore was known as Bengalval –Uru meaning ‘City of guards’.

 

8. 40% of Bangalore’s landscape is gardens/ parks and 15% lakes/ ponds. It also has one of the highest per capita incomes in India.

 

9. Though it is widely assumed that Kempe Gowda was the founder of Bangalore city, records found in Begur referring to the city from 890 CE shows it has much older history.

 

10. Bangalore has produced the maximum number of scientists considered for Nobel Prize nominations from India. Sir CV Raman was associated with IISC Bangalore in 1930 and won the Nobel Prize in Physics. Sir William Ramsey, who was associated with the creation of the Indian Institute of Science, was also related with Bangalore.

posted May 17 by Pooja Singh

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5. Arjuna's son Abhimanyu was really the spirit of a daitya(demon) named Kalyavana. Krishna burned Kalyavana to death had caught his spirit and took him to Dwaraka just to stuff him into a cupboard.

6. Ekalavya was really the cousin of Krishna. He was the child of Devashrava who was the sibling of Vasudev. He got lost in the forest and was found by a Nishada Hiranyadhanu. Ekalavya passed on while battling with Yadav vansh. He was killed by Krishna.

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6) All Gods are worshipped by flowers and at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, these flowers come from a secret village which is never seen and discovered by any outsider and even they are not allowed to get into that secret village. The villagers are the only people who are allowed to that village which is 22 km away from the temple. Not only flowers, other items like ghee, butter, milk, bilva leaves, banana leaves are also provided by that secret village.

 

7) Lord Balaji statue has real hair, it is said and believed that Lord Balaji idol has real hair which never tangles and are super silky smooth always.

 

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1. The country which still follows a traditional calendar that is seven years behind the rest of the world

Ethiopia still follows a traditional calendar that is seven years behind the rest of the world. Because of the strong presence of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the country, the traditional calendar of that church is still influential in Ethiopia. The calendar came about in the 16th century, when most of Christianity changed the date Jesus is believed to have been born on, but those in Ethiopia decided to maintain the original date. Because of the time discrepancy, Ethiopia held celebrations for the new millennium in 2007, seven years after the rest of the world.

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Kiribati is the only country on the planet to fall into every one of the four hemispheres of the globe, straddling the equator and stretching out into the eastern and western hemispheres. Kiribati was also the first country to see the dawn of the third millennium on 1st January 2000.

3. The country which is smaller than Central Park in New York City

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4. The most diverse Country

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5. The Least Religious Country

A 2007–2008 Gallup survey found Estonia to be the least religious country in the world. The survey asked respondents from around the world, “Is religion an important part of your daily life?” Only 14% of Estonians answered in the affirmative, the lowest of all nations. In contrast, in that same poll, Egypt had a 100% “yes” rate.

6. There is another country which has Hindi as its official language

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