Tamil Numbers - Tamil Numerals.
Tamil Numbers or Numerals are used by people from Unknown time like its alphabets. You will be surprised to know this community used these numbers and it was found even in Egypt pottery work that are excavated after 3500 years from many sites along with Brahmi alphabets.
In Sri Lanka and India many ancient metal coins with these kinds of numbers were found in the archeological founding.
These kinds of numbers are used in many artifacts and they can be found in the popular museums in Asia and in Europe.
Ancient gold and metal coins used to have these numbers along with other symbols.
- 1 - ௧
- 2 - ௨
- 3 - ௩
- 4 - ௪
- 5 - ௫
- 6 - ௬
- 7 - ௭
- 8 - ௮
- 9 - ௯
- 10 - ௰
- 100 - ௱
- 1000 - ௲
Example in Tamil Number
௲௨௰ - 1020
For example in "Kantha Puranam" book says Lord Muruga had his Army force of 2,000 "Vellam" Chenai.
One vellam means 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 persons. (56 times 0).
Like wise the Tamils had speed too. When king Nalan was riding his chariot in 10 seconds he had an speed of 24 katham.
As per "Kanthapuranam"
- 24 x Kathireluthugal = Hair diamension (sakkiraham)
- 8 Hair diamension (sakkiraham) = a lie's egg (Eeer ஈர்)
- 8 Egg = 1 Lie (Pe'an பேன்)
- 8 Lies = 1 Paddy (Nel நெல்)
- 8 Paddies = 1 Finger length (Viral idai விரல் இடை)
- 24 Finger length = 1 Hand (kai கை)
- 4 Hands = 1 Bow (Vil வில்)
- 2 Bow = 1 Thandam (Muruga's Vel)
- 2000 Vel's = 1 Kurosham (Koopidu thuram-Calling distance).
- 4 kurushom= 1 Yosani (18.2 miles)
Previously Sri Lanka was using Tamil numbers in their currency notes and coins when they had the name Ceylon.
Currently only country is to useTamil numbers in it's currency is Mauritius.
See one of the sample currency note.
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