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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EnglishSanskritTransliteration
Zeroशून्यम्Śūnyaṁ
Zeroविन्दुःVinduḥ
ZeroवटःVaṭaḥ

1 thought on “What is zero called in Sanskrit”

  1. Hi!
    This is great and I like the word vatah, but I can’t find any other translation confirming this on the Internet.. Would you be able to confirm with me that vatah does in fact mean zero in sanskrit so that I can use it in my Naming?
    Thanks in advance

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