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INDIAN NUMERALS are the symbols representing numbers in India. These numerals are generally used in the context of the decimal Hindu–Arabic numeral system
Hindu–Arabic numeral system
, and are distinct from, though related by descent to Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Devanagari
Devanagari
numerals and their Hindi
Hindi
and Sanskrit
Sanskrit
names * 2 Other North Indic scripts * 3 South Indic scripts * 4 History * 5 See also * 6 References

DEVANAGARI NUMERALS AND THEIR HINDI AND SANSKRIT NAMES

Below is a list of the Indian numerals
Indian numerals
in their modern Devanagari form, the corresponding Hindu-Arabic (European) equivalents, their Hindi
Hindi
and Sanskrit
Sanskrit
pronunciation, and translations in some languages.

Modern Devanagari
Devanagari
HINDU–ARABIC Hindi
Hindi
word for the cardinal numeral Sanskrit
Sanskrit
word for the cardinal numeral (wordstem) Cognates in other Indo-European languages
Indo-European languages

० 0 śūnya (शून्य) śūnya (शून्य) shunna/shunne (Nepali ) shunno (Bengali , Sylheti )

१ 1 ek (एक) eka (एक) ek (Nepali ) yek (Persian ) æk (Bengali ) ekh (Sylheti )

२ 2 do (दो) dvi (द्वि) do (Persian )

dva (Russian ) due (Italian ) tveir (Old Norse ) dui (Bengali , Nepali , Sylheti )

३ 3 tīn (तीन) tri (त्रि) tri (Russian ) trè (Italian ) three (English ) tin (Bengali , Nepali , Sylheti ) drei (German )

४ 4 cār (चार) catur (चतुर्) chahar (Persian )

katër (Albanian ) quattro (Italian ) četiri (Serbian ) chetyre (Russian ) char (Bengali , Nepali ) sair (Sylheti ) ceathair (Irish Gaelic )

५ 5 pā͂c (पाँच) pañca (पञ्च) panj (Persian )

pyat' (Russian ) penki (Lithuanian ) pięć (Polish ) paach (Bengali ) panch (Nepali ) fas (Sylheti )

६ 6 chaḥ (छः) ṣaṣ (षष्) shesh (Persian )

shest' (Russian ) seis (Spanish ) seis (Portuguese ) chha (Nepali ) chhoy (Bengali ) soy (Sylheti )

७ 7 sāt (सात) sapta (सप्त) sette (Italian ) sept (French )

sete (Portuguese ) saat (Nepali ) shat (Bengali , Sylheti )

८ 8 āṭh (आठ) aṣṭa (अष्ट) hasht (Persian )

astoņi (Latvian ) acht (German ) åtte (Norwegian ) eight (English ) aat (Bengali , Sylheti ) aath (Nepali )

९ 9 nau (नौ) nava (नव) nau (Nepali ) naw (Welsh ) nove (Italian , Portuguese ) noh (Persian ) noy (Bengali , Sylheti )

Since Sanskrit
Sanskrit
is an Indo-European language , the words for numerals closely resemble those of Greek and Latin
Latin
. The word "Shunya" for zero was translated into Arabic as "صفر" "sifr", meaning 'nothing' which became the term "zero" in many European languages from Medieval Latin , zephirum.

OTHER NORTH INDIC SCRIPTS

See also: Glyphs used with the Arabic numeral system

The five Indian languages ( Hindi
Hindi
, Marathi , Konkani , Nepali and Sanskrit
Sanskrit
itself) that have adapted the Devanagari
Devanagari
script to their use also naturally employ the numeral symbols above; of course, the names for the numbers vary by language. The table below presents a listing of the SYMBOLS used in various modern Indian scripts in comparison to Hindu-Arabic and Eastern Arabic-Indic numerals for the numbers from zero to nine:

For numerals in Bengali language
Bengali language
and Assamese languages see Bengali-Assamese numerals .

HINDU-ARABIC NUMERALS 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ENGLISH

ARABIC-INDIC NUMERALS ٠ ١ ٢ ٣ ٤ ٥ ٦ ٧ ٨ ٩ ARABIC

BENGALI-ASSAMESE digits ০ ১ ২ ৩ ৪ ৫ ৬ ৭ ৮ ৯ Bengali and Assamese languages

GUJARATI digits ૦ ૧ ૨ ૩ ૪ ૫ ૬ ૭ ૮ ૯ Gujarati language
Gujarati language

GURMUKHI digits ੦ ੧ ੨ ੩ ੪ ੫ ੬ ੭ ੮ ੯ Punjabi language
Punjabi language
(India)

ODIA digits ୦ ୧ ୨ ୩ ୪ ୫ ୬ ୭ ୮ ୯ Odia language
Odia language

LEPCHA digits

Sikkim
Sikkim
and Bhutan
Bhutan

SOUTH INDIC SCRIPTS

For numerals in Tamil language
Tamil language
see Tamil numerals . For numerals in Telugu language
Telugu language
see Telugu numerals
Telugu numerals
.

TELUGU digits ౦ ౧ ౨ ౩ ౪ ౫ ౬ ౭ ౮ ౯ Telugu language
Telugu language

KANNADA digits ೦ ೧ ೨ ೩ ೪ ೫ ೬ ೭ ೮ ೯ Kannada language
Kannada language

TAMIL and GRANTHA numerals ௦ ௧ ௨ ௩ ௪ ௫ ௬ ௭ ௮ ௯ Tamil language
Tamil language

MALAYALAM numerals ൦ ൧ ൨ ൩ ൪ ൫ ൬ ൭ ൮ ൯ Malayalam language
Malayalam language

Tamil and Malayalam also have distinct forms for numerals 10, 100, 1000 as ௰, ௱, ௲ and ൰, ൱, ൲, respectively.

HISTORY

Main article: History of the Hindu–Arabic numeral system
Hindu–Arabic numeral system

A decimal place system has been traced back to ca. 500 in India. Before that epoch, the Brahmi numeral system was in use; that system did not encompass the concept of the place-value of numbers. Instead, Brahmi numerals
Brahmi numerals
included additional symbols for the tens, as well as separate symbols for hundred and thousand.

The Indian place-system numerals spread to neighboring Persia
Persia
, where they were picked up by the conquering Arabs . In 662, Severus Sebokht - a Nestorian bishop living in Syria wrote:

I will omit all discussion of the science of the Indians ... of their subtle discoveries in astronomy — discoveries that are more ingenious than those of the Greeks and the Babylonians - and of their valuable methods of calculation which surpass description. I wish only to say that this computation is done by means of nine signs. If those who believe that because they speak Greek they have arrived at the limits of science would read the Indian texts they would be convinced even if a little late in the day that there are others who know something of value.

The addition of zero as a tenth positional digit is documented from the 7th century by Brahmagupta , though the earlier Bakhshali Manuscript , written sometime before the 5th century, also included zero. But it is in Khmer numerals
Khmer numerals
of modern Cambodia
Cambodia
where the first extant material evidence of zero as a numerical figure , dating its use back to the seventh century, is found.

As it was from the Arabs that the Europeans learned this system, the Europeans called them Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals
; the Arabs refer to their numerals as Indian numerals. In academic circles they are called the Hindu–Arabic or Indo–Arabic numerals.

The significance of the development of the positional number system is probably best described by the French mathematician Pierre Simon Laplace (1749–1827) who wrote:

It is India that gave us the ingenious method of expressing all numbers by the means of ten symbols, each symbol receiving a value of position, as well as an absolute value; a profound and important idea which appears so simple to us now that we ignore its true merit, but its very simplicity, the great ease which it has lent to all computations, puts our arithmetic in the first rank of useful inventions, and we shall appreciate the grandeur of this achievement when we remember that it escaped the genius of Archimedes and Apollonius, two of the greatest minds produced by antiquity.

Tobias Dantzig had this to say in Number:

This long period of nearly five thousand years saw the rise and fall of many civilizations, each leaving behind a heritage of literature, art, philosophy, and religion. But what was the net achievement in the field of reckoning, the earliest art practiced by man? An inflexible numeration so crude as to make progress well nigh impossible, and a calculating device so limited in scope that even elementary calculations called for the services of an expert. man used these devices for thousands of years without contributing a single important idea to the system!

even when compared with the slow growth of ideas during the Dark Ages, the history of reckoning presents a peculiar picture of desolate stagnation. When viewed in this light, the achievements of the unknown Hindu, who some time in the first centuries of our era discovered the principle of position assumes the importance of a world event.

SEE ALSO

* Western Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals
* Eastern Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals
* Bengali-Assamese numerals * Tamil numerals * Sinhala numerals * Indian numbering system * Khmer numerals
Khmer numerals
* Burmese numerals * Thai numerals * Lao numerals * Javanese numerals * Balinese numerals
Balinese numerals

REFERENCES

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Notes

* ^ List of numbers in various languages * ^ Online Etymological Dictionary * ^ http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/PrintHT/Arabic_numerals.html * ^ Diller, Anthony (1996). New zeroes and Old Khmer (PDF). Australian National University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-20. * ^ The father of George Dantzig . * ^ Dantzig, Tobias (1954), Number / The Language of Science (4th ed.), The Free Press (Macmillan), pp. 29–30, ISBN 0-02-906990-4 * ^ Geometry By Roger Fenn, Springer, 2001

Sources

* Georges Ifrah, The Universal History of Numbers. John Wiley, 2000. * Sanskrit
Sanskrit
Siddham (Bonji) Numbers * Karl Menninger , Number Words and Number Symbols - A Cultural History of Numbers ISBN 0-486-27096-3 * David Eugene Smith and Louis Charles Karpinski , The Hindu-Arabic Numer

.