When you do a small trek from Gujari Mahal to Gwalior Fort in between the main entrance of the fort and Gujari Mahal, you will find Zero temple. This Zero temple, Gwalior Fort is the second oldest record of “zero” in the world. It was found in a small temple in Gwalior Fort, known as Zero temple. The stone inscription has the oldest record of the numeric zero symbols having a place value as in the modern decimal notation, which is located on the way to the top. The inscription is around 1500 years old. This temple was of Lord Vishnu. The Archaeological Survey of India found the inscription of “0” “zero” on the temple’s inside top, they put a lock on the temple. So, no one will destroy the inscription.
When I first visited this place, it was confusing for me “What this Zero temple is?” but it became clear to me that research and guidance with the tourist guide were all clear. So, again if this is the second oldest record of zero then where is first? I found my answers for that too, i.e., “Bakhshali manuscript”
What is Bakhshali manuscript?
The Bakhshali manuscript is an ancient Indian mathematical text written on birch bark that was found in 1881. In the village of Bakhshali, Mardan (near Peshawar in present-day Pakistan). It is perhaps “the oldest extant manuscript in Indian Mathematics. For some portions, a carbon date was proposed of AD224–383 while for other portions a carbon date as late as AD 885–993 in a recent study, but the dating has been criticised by specialists on methodological grounds. The manuscript contains the earliest known Indian use of zero symbols. The manuscript is written in Sanskrit with a significant influence on local dialects.
Here is some basic and important information regarding Zero temple, Gwalior fort.
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