Namaste (Sanskrit: नमस्ते , Hindustani pronunciation: [nʌmʌsˈteː], from external Sandhi between namaḥ and te) is a common spoken greeting or salutation in South Asia. It has multi-religious or else common usage where it may simply mean &quot;I bow to you.&quot; The word is derived from Sanskrit namas , to bow, obeisance, reverential salutation, and te , &quot;to you&quot;. When spoken to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest.
The flag is a horizontal tricolour of &quot;deep saffron&quot; at the top, white in the middle, and green at the bottom. In the centre, there is a navy blue wheel with twenty-four spokes, known as the Ashoka Chakra , taken from the Lion Capital of Asoka erected atop Ashoka pillar at Sarnath. Originally, Gandhi was presented with a flag with two colors, red for the Hindus, and green for the Muslims. In the centre a traditional spinning wheel was suggested, which was associated with Gandhi's goal of making Indians self-reliant by fabricating their own clothing. Bhagwa or the saffron colour denotes renunciation or disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. The white in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends. The &quot;Ashoka Chakra&quot; in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. Truth or satya , dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag. Again, the wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.
Bengal tiger was chosen as the National animal of India due to its grace, strength, agility and enormous power. Peacock is emblematic of qualities such as beauty, grace, pride and mysticism.
There are 22 languages officially recognized by the Indian Constitution
The cuisine of India is characterized by the use of various spices, herbs and other vegetables grown in India and also for the widespread practice of vegetarianism across many sections of its society.
It is also popularly known as the Festival of Lights . The word दीपावली (Dipavali) literally translates as a row of lamps in Sanskrit. It is traditional for adherents of Diwali-celebrating faiths to light small clay lamps (or Deep in Sanskrit: दीप ) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil within an individual.
Holi , also called the Festival of Colors and is the spring festival of India. It is celebrated by playing with vibrant colors and is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with family and friends to rejuvenate social ties.
Bollywood (Hindi: बॉलीवुड ) is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, India. Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest centers of film production in the world.. The major difference between Hollywood and Bollywood commercial movies is that Indian films having a must feature of periodic song-and-dance routines of 5 to 10 minutes which, in a good movie. “Slumdog Millionaire” is a Hollywood movie but it totally cast having Bollywood actors and actress, mostly new talent this is the first Indian movie that won 8 Oscars Awards in the history. This great achievement celebrated in whole India when this movie won Oscars.
Indian musical instruments can be broadly classified into three categories, mainly classical, western and folk. http://www.superbrass.com/users/goodvibes/indiasounds.htm
Located in Agra, India, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire's period of greatest prosperity, was griefstricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died during the birth of their fourteenth child, Gauhara Begum. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632, one year after her death.
Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: योग yóga ) refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India. The major branches of yoga (5) in Hindu philosophy include Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga.