Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Vedic Maths : It's Math-a-magic.

In my school days, during most of my maths exams, I never used to finish my paper on time and even if I did, I didn't really fare very well. I guess it was because of three important reasons :-

Firstly, I hated maths.  

Secondly, The calculators weren't allowed during my time. Calculating took ages and most of the time it was wrong.

Thirdly, Cubes ; Squares were so very beyond me.

Lastly, I thought maths as a subject was very dull and boring unlike physics, chemistry and biology .(Most probably my math teachers made it look utterly confusing and difficult) 


But now that I have a son, I don't want him to hate maths. Surprisingly, I want him to excel in it. As a grown up individual I have realized the importance of maths in our day to day life. I am horrible with my finances and Banking matters.. all thanks to avoiding maths all through out my life. Math is prominent in all aspects of life.

Math is the most common subject in life besides English . Math is an everyday tool . It is helped for life because if not the "Real World" would be a big confusion . example ~ when you go to the store and the cashier gives you the wrong amount of change AND if you don't know math you would be stupid enough to go out of the store with the amount the cashier gave you .


Luckily, I found a solution to my concern. I met my sister and her son, who is an 8 yr old boy. To my amazement my nephew could calculate 12345 x 12345 in seconds and the answer was 152399025.

I was left stunned. Then she told me the secret to her son's newly achieved genius was VEDIC MATHS. 

The only question that popped in my head was What was Vedic Maths? 

Well Vedic maths was supposedly the super fast way of doing calculations, in which you could do  the most complex calculations in less than 5 seconds.

It is an ancient system of mathematics which was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 & 1918 by Shri Bharti Kishna Tirthaji (1884-1960). According to his research, all of Mathematics is based on 16 Sutras or Word Formulae. Guess what, Late. Shakuntala Devithe lady who performed maths calculations faster than a Computer, was a pro at vedic maths.


After hearing what Mr. Gaurav Tekriwal had to say. Now I have come to a conclusion that there are too many benefits of Vedic Maths to ignore it. It's a sad thing that lots of schools and colleges in US have adopted Vedic Maths but In India, where vedic maths was born, most of us are not even aware of it.

I did a little research on vedic maths after that...I tumbled upon a site totally dedicated to Vedic Maths. They pointed out few benefits of it.  

Benefits of Vedic Maths

  • Eliminates math-phobia.
  • Increases speed and accuracy.
  • More systematic, simplified, unified & faster than the conventional system.
  • Gives the student flexibility, fun and
    immense satisfaction
  • powerful checking tool.
  • Saves precious time in examinations.
  • Gives the student a competitive edge.
  • Develops Left & Right Sides of the brains
    by increasing visualization and
In India, we often confuse Vedic Maths with Abacus. I had visited a school, who advertised 
themselves as the pioneers of this art. But in reality they taught Abacus not vedic maths. There
 is a difference between the two :-

Vedic Maths
Based on VEDAS
Based on Chinese 
or Japanese or Malaysian Abacus
Can do Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, 
Division, Squares,
 Cubes, Square Roots,
 Cube Roots, Simultaneous Equation, 
Quadratic Equations, Factorization, 
Percentage Calculations,
 Trigonometry, Calculus, etc. 
Only Addition and Subtraction, 
Multiplication through conventional method,
 Division through Conventional system.
 Addition & 
Subtraction through Abacus
Removes Finger Counting &
 Silly Mistakes
Increases Finger counting
Improves marks in Maths &
Questionable delivery
You need to invest in 
your child for a year only.
You need to invest in your
 child for two and half years.
Courses available up to
 competitive examination levels
No course available
 above 7th standard
Covers all the topics of Maths
 including Trigonometry, 
Geometry, Calculus, etc.
Only elementary Maths

So guys, it's high time we stopped running after the stiff and conventional western methods
 of doing maths. Instead adopt the super cool desi way to make maths fun and enjoyable
 for kids. Afterall we come from the land where the concept of "0(Zero)" was born and 
so was PI (no not d pratoganist of Life of Pi) but Pi system

The above post is written for the The Idea Caravan contest powered by 
Franklin Templeton Investmentspartnered the TEDxGateway Mumbai in December 2012. and Indiblogger


  1. my elder one learns Abacus... Once he's done with it, his teacher has also asked me to enrol him for vedic maths..nice to know all these details...

  2. I was a big fan of Vedic Mathematics in school :)

  3. Hi,
    This one is great and is really a good post. I think it will help me a lot in the related stuff and is very much useful for me. Very well written I appreciate & must say good job.

    vedic maths

  4. Hey,
    Nice information shared ,,
    To learn fast and solve the problems in limited period of time vedic mathematics playes an important role. It can be applied in competitive exams
    and now its easy to lean vedic math online also one of the site i came across was http://www.wiziq.com/course/1507-vedic-mathematics-complete-certified-course . This vedic math online course may be helpful for all those who are scared of mathematics.

  5. This has been a problem with India at all times. We have forgotten our basics and invested in a far more lengthier method of learning than the home grown knowledge.