Prof. Venkatesha Murthy, a profound scholar of Mathematics
did his M.Sc., (Maths) in the University of Mysore and has worked
as Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya at different places. He retired
as the Educational Officer from Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan of
Prof. Venkatesha Murthy has been researching Indian
Mathematics and its use in Education for more than twenty
years and has conducted several work-shops and seminars on
Other books by the author are "Glimpses of Mathematics
from the Sanskrit works", "Numbers and Numerals in
Sanskrit works", "Kutteke, Bhavana Mattu Chakravala"
(in Kannada ) And "Kuttake - Indian Method of solving Linear
Indeterminate Equations for Integral Solutions".
Presently he is working as Dean of Mathematics in the
International Academy for Creative Teaching at Bangalore
and is a member of Sanskrit-Science Study Centre of Rashtriya
Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati.
It is now being increasingly recognized that ancient
Sanskrit Literature contains profound wisdom of physical and
social sciences. The scientific knowledge base presented
by our Rishis and perceptive thinkers covers a wide canvas
of subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics,
Astronomy, Metallurgy, Bio- Technology and Environmental Science etc.
Unfortunately, due to a very long period of
intellectual domination of the forces from outside the
region, we have lost our awareness about the profound
contributions made by our ancestors that are hidden in the
vast Sanskrit literature. Our continued apathy towards
Sanskrit language over the recent centuries has also
contributed to our lack of awareness about rich
scientific heritage. Our ignorance about the richness of our
heritage has made us to lose our sense of pride for what is
ours. As a result of all this, our sense of confidence in our
own capabilities has also been shaken.
Knowledge of Sanskrit and perceptive analysis of
contents of our ancient Sanskrit literature would be of great
help in getting a good insight into our rich scientific
heritage. It is the responsibility of Sanskrit institutions to
arouse the interests of the modern world in Sanskrit by
unraveling the profound scientific wisdom that is contained
in the Sanskrit literature and by demonstrating its relevance
to the modern world. It is only when a link between the
Sanskrit world and the modern world is established that
the acceptability of Sanskrit as a relevant subject for dealing
with the contemporary challenges of life would be enhanced.
It is with this object in view that the Rashtriya Sanskrit
Vidyapeetha, Tirupati, launched a series of publication of
small book-lets which cover wide convass of subjects such
as Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy and Ayurveda etc. for the
enlightenment of younger generations of India.
Sri Venkatesha Murthy, who is profound scholar
of Mathematics and member of our Sanskrit - Science Study
Centre, has prepared this booklet with his vast experience
of teaching of Vedic Mathematics and conducting the
seminars, workshops and exhibitions related to the subject.
I congratulate. him for preparing such a wonderful booklet.
I hope that this booklet would be found useful by
students and scholars alike and inspire many students of
We feel immensely happy and proud to present
this small booklet entitled Numbers and Numerals in
Sanskrit Works (In Kannada) to the young readers who
have a longing to have a glimpse of the wisdom of ancient
There is a general belief that contribution of
ancient India is limited to the field of humanities
particularly that of religion and phylosophy. Of course,
no other civilization can claim superiority over what India
has achieved in that area. Still if we go through the pages
of this small book let, we will realize that in the area
of Mathematics India's contribution was amazing. Now
India has already lost much of its ancient lore due to the
impact of foreign invasion. What remains also is largely
unknown as most of it is in Sanskrit. Hence, we feel
that there is an urgent need to save the remaining
knowledge and build up awareness in all concerned
especially among younger generations who are not aware
of our ancient scientific heritage contained in Sanskrit.
Shouldering this responsibility i.e. creating the
interests among the younger generations in Sanskrit by
unraveling the profound scientific wisdom that is
contained in the Sanskrit literature and demonstrating
its relevance to the modern world, Rashtriya Sanskrit
Vidyapeetha took the initiative of organising the Sanskrit
Science exhibitions, publishing and propogating the
Scientific literature of Sanskrit through out India.
I should mention at the out set that the inspiration
to publish such booklets came from our Hon 'ble
Chancellor Dr. V.R. Panchamukhi, Economist of
International fame, and versatile scholar in Sanskrit.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to
Prof. Venkatesha Murthy for preparing this wonderful
If this small booklet kindles a tiny flame of desire
in the hearts of young readers for studying the Sanskrit,
the store house of past glory of India., we feel we would
have been rewarded for our efforts.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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