Who really invented zero aryabhatta or brahmagupta?
If Aryabhata invented zero in Kaliyuga, how could Hindus of previous Yugas describe Ravana with 10 heads and Kauravas were 100?
Since Vedic times, Hindus have been able to describe very large numbers with suitable names. The 9 numbers were already mentioned in RV such as eka, dwi, tri, chatur, ......., nava.
The names for 10, 20, ..., 90 appear in RV 2.18.5-6. Other numbers are described like this - for example, 84 is written as four plus eighty. 18 is written as 2 less than 20, and so on.
In RV 3.9.9, for example, the number 3339 is written as three thousand, three hundred and 39.
YV 17.2 mentions numbers up to ten raised to the power of 12.
इमा मेऽअग्नऽइष्टका धेनवः सन्त्वेका च दश च दशु च शतं च शतं च सुहस्रं च सहस्रं चायुतं चायुतं च नियुतं च नियुतं च.
Bhavarth. O scholarly person, may the materials of my yajna such as milkkine be my lucky charms. They can be one and ten and ten, one hundred and ten hundred, one thousand and ten thousand and one hundred thousand, one lac and ten lacs, one million and ten million, one crore, ten crores, one hundred crores, one thousand crores, his tentimes Maha Padma, his ten times Shankh, his Tentimes Samudra, his Tentimes Madhya, his Tentimes Prardh. May these stones of my altar be a source of happiness for me, like milkkine in this world and the next.
For example: Ayuta is 10 ^ 4 (10 to the power of 4), Niyuta is 10 ^ 5, Payuta is 10 ^ 6, Arbuda is 10 ^ 7, Nyarbuda is 10 ^ 8, Samudra is 10 ^ 9, Madhya is 10 ^ 10, Anta is 10 ^ 11, Pararardha is 10 ^ 12, etc.
For a similar list, see Taittiriya Samhita 4.4.11, MaitrAyani Samhita 2.8.12, Kathaka Samhita 17.10, etc.
AV 8.3.21, for example, mentions the following number:
shatam te ayutam hyanan dwai trini chatvAri krama
Here is Shatam = 100, Ayutam = 10,000, Dwai = 2, Trini = 3, Chatvari = 4. The number is to be read in reverse order according to the standard convention.
Shatam te ayutam is a million. So the number is 432 million.
The Chamaka mantras found in the Yajur Veda also describe certain numbers as follows:
navadasha cha me ekavimsatih cha me
(9 and 11)
trayodasha cha me panchadasha cha me saptadasha cha me
(13, 15 and 17)
ekatrimshat cha me trayatrimshat cha me
(31 and 33)
dvatrimshat cha me shattrimshat cha me
(32 and 36)
chatvarimshat cha me chatuschatvarimshat cha me
(40 and 44)
etc ... (mantras from YajurvEda)
RV 2.18.5 ---> Rig Veda Samhita Mandala 2, Sukta 18, Mantra 5.
YV 17.2 ----> Adyayaya 17, Mantra 2 from Yajur Veda Samhita.
AV 2.6.1 ---> Atharva Veda Samhita, Kanda 2, Sukta 6, Mantra 1.
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