Depth of Ancient Indian Counting System
Our Ancient mathematicians have created a name for themselves. Long before English education system uprooted our ancient rich wisdom and superior knowledge in Mathematics> Our vedic schools provided a very rich and robust knowledge system we know as Indian counting system.
The foundation and craze for mathematics which our teachers still have today is somewhere indebted to this system. India produces best Engineers today in world, the foundation laid by forefathers somewhere has also aided for their success.
We know the Zero has been given by India. But still do you know that numbers itself that we use 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 are all been derived from Indian number system itself. English took it from Arabs and call it Arabic numerals while Arabs themselves took it from India and their it its called ‘Hindasa’ means from Hind.
Decimal system has been gifted from India again.
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The Indian counting system for system is very organized and for every Ten times increase there is a denotation assigned. This has been give in the table below. While English number only had till Billion. Recently they came up with additional number names for every 10 raise to 3 , or thousand time increase. This is very recent development when they they had to use bigger numbers for scientific calculations.
Though now they have come up with Vigintillion-10 raise to power 63 and Googol – 10 raise to power 100. Still a lot of number in between have been left.
|Sl no.||Number||In Power (10 raise to)||Name in Ancient Indian System||In Hindi||English Equivalent|
|3||1000||3||Hazar (Sahastra)||हज़ार (सहस्त्र)||Thousand|
|4||10000||4||Das Hazar (Sahastra)||दस हज़ार||Ten Thousand|
|5||100000||5||Lakh||लाख (लक्ष)||Hundred Thousand|
|6||1000000||6||Das Lakh||दस लाख||Million|
|8||100000000||8||Das Crore||दस करोड़||Hundred Million|
|10||10000000000||10||Das Arab||दस अरब|
|12||1000000000000||12||Das Kharab||दस खरब||Trillion|
|14||100000000000000||14||Das Neel||दस नील|
|16||10000000000000000||16||Maha Padm||महा पद्म|
|18||1000000000000000000||16||Maha Shankh||महा शंख||Quintillion|
|20||100000000000000000000||20||Maha Antya||महा अन्त्या|
|22||10000000000000000000000||22||Maha Madhya||महा मध्या|
|24||1000000000000000000000000||24||Maha Paradh||महा पारध||Septillion|
|26||100000000000000000000000000||26||Maha Dhoon||महा धून|
|28||10000000000000000000000000000||28||Maha Ashohini||महा अशोहिनी|
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MOST IMPORTANT POST SIR, MANY MANY THANKS.
Its your greatness Sir! Many many respects for your appreciation!
Appreciable post sir
Thank you Neha Mam!
Excellent, informative and educational post, for all of us, whether of Indian origin or otherwise.
(minor typo error noticed, if that could be fixed ie Maha Shankh should be 10 to the power of 18 instead of 16 mentioned in the table).
As the number system goes in multiples of 10s, with each multiple having a specific name, it was equally suitable for addressing small or very large numbers. Obviously it was geared up for and applicable to advanced learning and astronomical calculations, which was another praise worthy pursuit and forte of ancient India.
Above is just one of the many exemplary marvels of ancient India, so when we say “Mera Bharat Mahan”, we should say that not in a light way but from our hearts. A country is not merely a piece of land mass, but actually made up by its people, so we all should strive to regain and bring back our past glory. Jai Bharat!!
Thank you Sir for pointing out the error…Will be fixed asap.
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Jay Hind! Mera Bharat Mahan!