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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 , and are distinct from, though related by descent to Arabic numerals .

CONTENTS

* 1 Devanagari numerals and their Hindi and 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 in their modern Devanagari form, the corresponding Hindu-Arabic (European) equivalents, their Hindi and Sanskrit pronunciation, and translations in some languages.

Modern Devanagari HINDU–ARABIC Hindi word for the cardinal numeral Sanskrit word for the cardinal numeral (wordstem) Cognates in other 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 is an Indo-European language , the words for numerals closely resemble those of Greek and 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 , Marathi , Konkani , Nepali and Sanskrit itself) that have adapted the 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 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

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

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

LEPCHA digits

Sikkim and Bhutan

SOUTH INDIC SCRIPTS

_For numerals in Tamil language see Tamil numerals ._ _For numerals in Telugu language see Telugu numerals ._

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

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

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

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

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 included additional symbols for the tens, as well as separate symbols for _hundred_ and _thousand_.

The Indian place-system numerals spread to neighboring 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 of modern 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 ;_ the Arabs refer to their numerals