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If Aryabhata invented zero in Kaliyuga, how could Hindus of earlier yugas describe Ravana as having 10 heads and Kauravas were 100 in number?

I feel the your doubt is about representation If you look at the history of representation, it starts with the story of people representing numbers with straight lines, and crossing them after ...
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Absence of names of days in scriptures. Why?

Puranas do mention the names of days of week. For eg. Srimad Bhagvatam in 4.12.49 talks about Sunday: पौर्णमास्यां सिनीवाल्यां द्वादश्यां श्रवणेथवा। दिन-क्षये व्यतीपाते सङ्क्रमेर्कदिने पि वा।। ...
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If Aryabhata invented zero in Kaliyuga, how could Hindus of earlier yugas describe Ravana as having 10 heads and Kauravas were 100 in number?

From Wikipedia: Place value system and zero The place-value system, first seen in the 3rd-century Bakhshali Manuscript, was clearly in place in his work. While he did not use a symbol for zero, the ...
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The story behind Names of Hindu calender Months?

These 12 months are derived from the name of nakshtras. As I discuss in my answer here, the names of nakshtras are itself stated in Atharva Veda. In a particular month there is high probability of ...
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If Aryabhata invented zero in Kaliyuga, how could Hindus of earlier yugas describe Ravana as having 10 heads and Kauravas were 100 in number?

Since Vedic times Hindus were able to describe very large numbers by using appropriate names. The 9 numbers were already mentioned in RV like eka, dwi, tri, chatur,......., nava. The names for 10, 20,...
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How to calculate Panchang?

Panchang is a Hindu calendar and almanac, which follows traditional units of Indian timekeeping, and presents important dates and their calculations in a tabulated form. The word Panchang is basically ...
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decision about 'tithi' (e.g. pornima, pratipada, etc.)

Let's start with the below table for Sukla Paksha (brighter fortnight) and Krishna Paksha (darker fortnight). Sukla Paksha Krishna Paksha Name of Tithi ------------------------------------------...
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How to make kundali from DOB and Time without Internet

You don't need internet for that purpose if you have an Ephemeris with you. For example, the book Raman's 110 years Ephemeris will allow you to compute any horoscope provided the birth has occurred ...
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According to Hinduism, when does a day start?

Day starts from sunrise. One day and night together makes an ahorAtra. For vrata and other auspicious occasion we have to consider sunrise as the.start of the day. It is advised to get up about two ...
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Who are the śaka purushas?

This is the answer of your first question only According To Date Panchanga (Hard Copy) which is in Marathi language. There are six Shaka-Kartas in Kaliyuga-: 1) Yudhishthira (Dharmaraja) - ...
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If Aryabhata invented zero in Kaliyuga, how could Hindus of earlier yugas describe Ravana as having 10 heads and Kauravas were 100 in number?

Aryabhatta wasn't the first to use/discover zero. It's already described in other answers as well. In the recent radioactive dating also Bakshali manuscript which is before Aryabhatta time clearly ...
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Who makes Hindu calendar? Is that authentic calendar or illusory calendar?

There are actually two schools or groups which make the Hindu Panchangams or almanacs .They are called the Panchangam Kartaa. One among them use the old school method depending on the Surya Siddhanta(...
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Why is Janmashtami celebrated on 2 dates in some parts of India?

Rules for Krishna Ashtami nirnaya are quite complex which are explained in Dharma Bindu: page 8-9 (pdf might get downloaded by clicking on this link), DHARMA SINDHU: Prathama Parichheda and Nirnaya ...
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Why have we celebrated Dussehra today instead of tomorrow?

There are generally below factors to celebrate any Hindu festival: Calendar category (Lunar, Solar) Calendar subcategory (Purnimanta, Amanta) Hindu month (e.g. Ashwin, Bhadrapada etc.) Paksha (e.g. ...
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The story behind Names of Hindu calender Months?

The question is actually clearly answered by @Tezz. But there is another question from the user @optimus which not only concerns about how the names are derived but also depends on how the calander ...
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If Aryabhata invented zero in Kaliyuga, how could Hindus of earlier yugas describe Ravana as having 10 heads and Kauravas were 100 in number?

I think they wrote zata(in Harvard-Kyoto transliteration) in Sanskrit which means hundred and they did not use Roman numerals. They knew the counting but they denoted it differently.
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If Aryabhata invented zero in Kaliyuga, how could Hindus of earlier yugas describe Ravana as having 10 heads and Kauravas were 100 in number?

So, does this mean we need 0 to count to 100 and beyond ?. I think we can count indefinitely without ever using 0. 0 is a symbol, a convenience and a convention, not a mathematical priori. That's ...
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If Aryabhata invented zero in Kaliyuga, how could Hindus of earlier yugas describe Ravana as having 10 heads and Kauravas were 100 in number?

Mahabharatha gives a quantitative description of the number of army contingents (Akshauhnees), their individual strengths, commander's rank for which strength of army (Athiradha, Maharatha etc) etc....
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What is the exact birthdate of Kalki avatar going to be?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalki In this it is stated that Kalki can only be the one whose Birthday/Tithi falls on Dvadasi of Sukla Paksha. This amounts to just 12 days per any given year ...
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What are Subha muhurtam/Durmuhurtham?

Muhurtham: Muhurtham is an auspicious time selected for starting or performing an important event/action in life. Muhurtham is a Hindu unit of measurement for time in the Hindu calendar. A Muhurtham ...
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Why is Janmashtami always celebrated in the evening?

The festivals are associated with some event(s). And the main puuja is done in the same time in which the event happened. For example, On Ganesha Chaturthi, main Pujaa is done during Madhyahna Kaala ...
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How to find the lunar day for Pitru Paksha Shraddha?

There are many tools for that, for example: Navigate to https://www.drikpanchang.com/panchang/day-panchang.html => Enter city name => Enter Date This will give you Thithi of that date.
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What is duration of tithi according to Hindu panchang?

From Vedic Astrology: An Integrated Approach by P.V.R Narsimha Rao In lunar calendar, one day stands for one tithi. Tithi or lunar day is a period in which the difference between the longitudes ...
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According to Hinduism, when does a day start?

It is generally considered by Hindus now-a-days that the day begins with the sun rise. But in Vedic period the day began with dawn (Usha kal) exactly when redness appear in the sky indicating the ...
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How is the first choghadiya decided?

Here is a link which refers to the timings of choghadiya: Choghadiya Calculation : - First know your local time of Sunset and Sunrise. Make hours for days Choghdiya and nights Choghdiya. Then ...
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How is the first choghadiya decided?

The order is decided by the day of the week. Day Choghadiya +-------+-------+---------+-------+-------+-------+-------+ | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | +-------+-------+--...
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Why is Janmashtami always celebrated in the evening?

I think this will solve the issue About Two Krishna Janmashtami Dates Most of the time, Krishna Janmashtami is listed on two consecutive days. The first one is for Smarta Sampradaya and the other one ...
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Should we celebrate Uttarayana on December 21?

Yes. The word Ayana means a path and the suffix Uttara and Dakśiṇa are North and South Direction respectively. So Uttara-Ayana means the northward journey of the Sun. This starts around Dec21/22 when ...
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How to celebrate birthdays as per Panchanga if births had taken place in Adhika Masa?

Can celebrate birth day in respective Nija masa (moon month). No need to wait for adhika masa in next coming years. Same thing applies to birth day on february 29. make a note of the tithi and masa (...
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