INSCRIPTIONS WITH NUMERALS IN SRI LANKA

This is a list of Inscriptions which has Ancient Sinhalese Numerals on them

1. Tonigala

S Paranavitana- Inscriptions of Ceylon Vol I 1970, Pl CXI No 1051.

d

Kurunegala /Puttlum Districts

Vevaltenna Inscription

DMDe Silva Wickremasinghe- Epigraphia Zeylanica Vol I 1912 Pl 19.-  .

East- Batticaloa

Baki-ala Ins. – S.Paranavitane – Inscription of Ceylon Volume II Part I ,1983.Pl VIII No 14(2)

S.Paranavitane – Inscription of Ceylon Volume II Part I ,1983.Pl XXIII  No 48 – 2-

Kasimotti Ins. 20 miles South West of  92nd Mile post on the Badulla =Baticaloa Rd – Eaveurpattu – Inscription of Ceylon Volume II Part I ,1983.Pl XXIV  No 49- b.

 

Devanaga , a son of Minister under King Wasaba when he was administering the city of Pachi, built a thupa in a Rajamaha Vihareya[ The Great Royal Temple] and he donated the following land for its maintenance.

Kuba…kubura                                                 4 Kiriha

Karagenaya                                                      2 Kiriha

Bamana-Vilahi                                               3 Kiriha

Mahavapaniyage                                           ?

Kiridiwakaya                                                    2 Kiriha

Paha-Vilakhi Total                                       22 Kiriya

Kubuhikama karana                                    2  kiriya

divasa hamathata ata

 Ruhuna -Tissamaharama       

1. Sandagiri Vihare Ins-

S.Paranavitane

3.Siitulpavu-S.Paranavitane – Inscription of Ceylon Volume II Part I ,1983

6.Palu-Macikkawa.- 100 meters North of the 16th  Mile Post on A nuradhapura –Trincomalee Rd ,

4.Vilaveva Ins –2 miles East of Anuradhapura-Trincomalee Rd 78 mile post –

S.Paranavitane – Inscription of Ceylon Volume II Part I ,1983. Pl XXXI  No 65.

At Anuradhapura

1.Dakkina Stupa Ins

S.Paranavitane – Inscription of Ceylon Volume II Part II ,2001.Pl VII to XII

5.Ottappuva Ins –Vilacci Korale in Nuwaragam Palata Anuradhapura.

S.Paranavitane – Inscription of Ceylon Volume II Part I ,1983 Pl XXXI No 146 .

2. Menik Vehera Ins

S.Paranavitane – Inscription of Ceylon Volume II Part II ,2001.Pl XLVII No 168

Dambulla Ins

S.Paranavitane – Inscription of Ceylon Volume II Part II ,2001.Pl LII No 175

2. Perumaiyan-kulam

DMDe Silva Wickremasinghe- Epigraphia Zeylanica Vol I – 1912 Pl 13(b

3.Abeygiri Ins

Rev Habarakada Varira- Abeyagiri Inscription Sankrutika Puranaya 1994 Jan-March Pg 12

 

 

Kurunegala /Puttlum  

Kurunegala /Puttlum 

Sirisoma & Gita Amerasinghe- Has Ebu Kasi 1986, Pl IV Pg 148 . Labuetabedigala-

S.Paranavitane –

Inscription of Ceylon Volume II Part II ,2001.Pl    No120

Torava Mylava Ins

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5 thoughts on “INSCRIPTIONS WITH NUMERALS IN SRI LANKA

  1. great site..I cant read the numerals in other inscriptions

  2. Dear Sir

    Just wondering whether Sri Lankan numerals had zero or place value notation.

    • I have yet to find the zero as found in India on tis type of numberals. Sri Lankans used other types or system of numerals for caculation. They used the zero in them, I am yet to study about them. I think these were used along with counting discs of different sizes to indicate the units, tens, hundreds and thousands etc. A lot of these were found by dem miners inside the fortress of Tissamaharama. A lot studies need be done on the this subject by experts especially on the calculations in ancient structures, etc.

  3. Dear Sir

    I am writing a book on Brahmagupta. Who had zero and multiplication division etc in his book Brahmasputha siddhanta. Also the first to solve equations such as the quadratic and second order indeterminate. In Sri Lanka when I was growing up we were never taught about great Indian mathematicians.

    Anyway I dont think we had zero in our inscriptions. But we may had place value notation.

    I see in one inscription they had multiplication. They had place to place (word times).

    Do you know the date of that inscription?

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