What is zero called in Sanskrit

Zero is believed to be discovered in India. It has a very significant place in spirituality, as it represents the ultimate nothingness–the absolute identity which is without any negative or positive. In English language, some of the synonyms include cipher and naught.

Sanskrit has three names for this digit.

You can use any of them depending upon your liking, and often contextually. I have provided the transliteration of the names too so that you can pronounce it correctly if you are not learned in Devnagiri script.

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English Sanskrit Transliteration
Zero शून्यम् Śūnyaṁ
Zero विन्दुः Vinduḥ
Zero वटः Vaṭaḥ



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