A number plate on a vehicle I came across in Thanjavur read:

**த நா – ௪ ௯**

அ அ – ௭ ௫ ௨ ௬

This inspired me to write a post on Tamil numbers.

Most of us believe and use the Hindu-Arabic numerals (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9) in Tamil too … We also know that Hindi has its own representation (Devanagiri). How many of us know that Tamil has its own unique representation for these numbers?

Here is the list:

௧ = 1

௨ = 2

௩ = 3

௪ = 4

௫ = 5

௬ = 6

௭ = 7

௮ = 8

௯ = 9

Originally, Tamil did not have zero. Tamil also has numerals for 10, 100 and 1000.

௰ = 10

௱ = 100

௲ = 1000

Thus, the above number plate can be read as:

**TN – 49**

AA – 7526

If positional digits (10, 100, 1000) are used in represent numbers, this is how it is done:

2785 - ௨ ௲ ௭ ௱ ௮ ௰ ௫

இரண்டு – ஆயிரத்து – எழு – நூற்று – எண் – பத்து – ஐந்து

Interesting, is it not ?? But still, தமிழ் குடிமக்களே, please use English and Arabic numerals on your number plates !!!

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மிக்க நன்றி

the script is the same rite ?? resemblances will be there !

aren´t the numerals closely similar to the letters!

interesting articles in tamil…nalla kariyam seikireerkal