Shocking Facts About INDIA- The Golden Bird

1-  India was the world’s largest economy during the years 1 AD and 1000 AD. In 1500 AD India’s economy had a 24.5% share of world income, the second largest in the world after China, which had a 25% share.

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2-During the period when the Mughals ruled India, the country’s income was 17.5 million Pounds, which was greater than the entire treasury of Great Britain.

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3- World’s Richest Man in 1937 was an Indian named- Osama Ali Khan, who bought 50 Rolls Royce and used them to dump his garbage just to show off the wealth Indians possessed when a British official who made fun of his capacity to buy one Royce! He also brought the largest diamond in the world, the Jacob Diamond, which was worth $200 million and used it as a paperweight. In 2008, Forbes magazine listed the Nizam as the “fifth all-time wealthiest” person with a net worth of $210.8 billion

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4-  The Peacock Throne: This magnificent piece of ancient India’s artifact was made up of 1150kg of gold and 230kg of precious stones including 185 carats Kohinoor. In 1999 it was estimated that this throne would have cost $804million dollars or roughly Rs 4.5 billion.

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5-Kohinoor is 106 carats diamond and was once the largest diamond in the world. It is said that the diamond is 5000 years, called Syamantaka jewel. It got transferred to the hands of many Indian and Persian rulers. It was mounted on the Peacock Throne on the commands of Shah Jahan and was taken away by British during 1851, to be placed on the Queen’s Crown.

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6- The pearls which Julius Caesar presented to Brutus’ mother and the famous earring of Queen Cleopatra were traded from India.There are several references of gold trade from India to other parts of the world.

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7- Maharani Indira Devi, a mother of Gayatri Devi, was a fashion connoisseur. The Queen of Cooch Behar ordered 100 pairs of shoes from Salvatore Ferragamo (one of the most famous designers of the 20th century). Some of those shoes were studded with diamonds.

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8- Nadir Shah’s Treasures

The Persian invader Nadir Shah invaded India in 1739.It is said, that the loot was so massive that his treasure caravan was said to be 150 miles long. People in Persia did not pay taxes for 3 years after the massive loot from India.

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9-India’s Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple,Chamber B

The Treasure found inside the  Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Chamber A under court orders of 2011 was estimated to be $ 22 Billion.The Supreme Court of India later ordered that Vault B be opened only after proper documentation of articles found in the Vault A. The Priests of the Temple claim that Vault B has a bigger treasure than Vault A.

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10-  India still holds the position of World’s Biggest Consumer of Gold ( 700 tonnes per year)

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India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history despite being looted for centuries by Mughals, Portuguese, Persians, French and British. India was rightly named Golden Bird as few texts claim that India during Mughal Empire had around 11,000 Golden Temples.

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7 thoughts on “Shocking Facts About INDIA- The Golden Bird

  1. Always wonder what India be like today had it not been invaded and plundered? For the last 2000 years not including the last century..It has always been China and India who dominated the world trade. I’m glad that the shift is tilting towards its former glory.

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