# Did Decimal Numerals originate from Tamil Numerals?

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Recently I saw this picture in Facebook posted by Mr. Lenin Pugal. I think he must have downloaded it from a Tamil website (www.natpu.in) because the watermark says so.

However, being a Tamil, this picture impressed me very much.

According to this post, the decimal numeral system that we use had been derived from the Tamil numerals. The heading says,

Eyes of arithmetic! Tamil numerals!

• In the first column we see the Tamil numerals.
• In the second column certain portions of the Tamil numerals are erased, indicated in red.
• The third column is the resulting decimal numbers.

Isn’t this an eye opener?

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## 4 thoughts on “Did Decimal Numerals originate from Tamil Numerals?”

1. Hareram v says:

Yes.
Tamil numbers and their names have a corresponding meaning and reflection in Decimal numbers and their names.
Also, please notice that although They named infinitesimal fractions, They did not name 1/3!

Not only They named, They named with a logic.
For example, அ although the first letter in the alphabet, stands for 8 and They chose க to express 1!

All these can be explained.

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