India is the most populous democratic country in the world. It is situated in Southern Asia. India has its land borders with Nepal and China in the north; Bhutan in the east and Pakistan in the west. It is bounded by Indian Ocean in the South, the Arabian Sea on the south west and the Bay of Bengal in the south east. India is the seventh largest country by area, the second most populous country in the world.India was administered by British East India Company from the early 18th century but it became independent in 1947 A.D. led by Mahatma Gandhi. India has owned the world’s seventh largest economy. It is considered the newly industrialized country.
This is the home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. The name India derived from Indus. The Sanskrit word ‘Sindhu’ represents the Indus. The geographical name Bharat is its official name from the legendary hero from Bharata who was the emperor of India. Hindustan, originally it is a Persian word that means “Land of Hindus” prior to 1947.
India’s cultural practices are of today from the Vedic period, 4500 years old. India has more religious diversity. The predominant religion Hinduism has been shaped by various historical thoughts. India is rich in culture, tradition, and art and architecture. This is the land where great holy saints were born to challenge old, broken beliefs. This is the great spiritual land, where the many spiritual leaders sow the seed of wisdom.