Christianity talks of the golden ratio. I have read about it from the Da Vinci Code. Is there anything similar to the golden ratio in Hinduism?


2nd century BCE Sanskrit grammarian Pingala's Chandahśāstra 8.32-33 which while classifying poetic meters of long and short syllables, presents the Mount Meru (Meru-Prastāra, ‘steps of Mount Meru’, but Meru-Khanda, ‘portion of Mount Meru’ by Bhāskara II in his Līlāvatī written in 1150), which is also known as the Pascal’s triangle.

The shallow diagonals of the Mount Meru sum to the Fibonacci series, whose limiting ratio is the golden mean.1

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  1. The Golden Mean and the Physics of Aesthetics, Subhash Kak, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Did Pingala actually discuss the sums of the shallow diagonals. And assuming that he did, did he specifically discuss the ratio of the sums of the shallow diagonals, let alone what they approach? – Keshav Srinivasan Jul 28 '14 at 22:42
  • In my references I could only find that he formulated the triangle. Golden ratio can be derived from it. Just as one would derive it from Pascal's triangle. I don't understand the purpose of your question. You mean that if he did not explicitly mention it, then the claim that it contains the golden ratio is false? Maybe you could provide a better answer. – Bharat Jul 28 '14 at 22:53
  • Yes, my point is that knowing about Pascal's triangle is not the same as knowing about the Fibbonaci series, and knowing about the Fibbonaci series is not the same as knowing about the golden ratio. I'm pretty sure you can even obtain the Bernoulli numbers from Pascal's triangle, but it would be absurd to say that the ancient Indians knew about the Bernoulli numbers just because they knew about Pascal's triangle. – Keshav Srinivasan Jul 29 '14 at 2:22
  • The same applies to Christianity too as mentioned in OP's question. Nowhere in the Bible have they derived the golden ratio. Since OP used Christianity as an example, using the same kind of example we could say golden ratio exists in Hinduism. If the OP's question was formulated differently, the answer would be different. – Bharat Jul 29 '14 at 2:27
  • Well, I think the OP is simply wrong when they say "Christianity talks of the golden ratio." – Keshav Srinivasan Jul 29 '14 at 2:29

Golden ratios do exist in Hindu temples and it is called deva pramana. Sculptures of Hindu deities mostly incorporate deva pramana.This aspect is discussed in the book " science and golden ratios in mandala architecture" by Rekha Rao, DK print world.

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