Inventions

List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries

Wayne Szalinski
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A list of famous Indian inventions and innovations. Ancient cultures have long been known to discover, create, and produce new and useful tools, medicines, and foods, and ancient Indian inventions are among the most popular discoveries still used today. This list of Indian inventions includes items like calico, playing cards, and plastic surgery as well as modern Indian discoveries such as cashmere the number pi.

Over the years, historical inventions from India have helped move society forward, enabling humans to hunt, eat, and travel in much more efficient ways. Ancient India inventions have also allowed people to learn more about the world, keep safe from wildlife, and stay healthier longer.

These inventions by Indian inventors are labeled by era from which they came. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list, and add any that you see missing.
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Button, ornamental is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Button, ornamental
2000 BCE
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Calico is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Calico
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Carding, devices for is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Carding, devices for
2nd century
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Chaturanga and Shatranj ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Chaturanga and Shatranj
280 CE
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Chintz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Chintz
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Coherer, iron and mercur... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Coherer, iron and mercury
1899
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Cotton gin, single-rolle... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Cotton gin, single-roller
5th century
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Crescograph is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Crescograph
Early 20th century
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Crucible Steel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Crucible Steel
300 BCE
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Dock (maritime) is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Dock (maritime)
2400 BCE
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Incense clock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Incense clock
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India ink, carbonaceous ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
India ink, carbonaceous pigment for
4th century BCE
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Indian clubs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Indian clubs
18th century
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Kabaddi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
1500 BCE
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Ludo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
6th century
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Muslin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
9th century
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Palampore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Palampore
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Playing Cards is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
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Prayer Flags is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Prayer Flags
800 CE
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Prefabricated home and m... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Prefabricated home and movable structure
16th century
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Rocket artillery, iron-c... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Rocket artillery, iron-cased and metal-cylinder
1780
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Ruler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Ruler
1500 BCE
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Seamless celestial globe... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Seamless celestial globe
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Snakes and Ladders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
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Stepwell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Indian Inventions and Discoveries
Stepwell
2500 BCE