Aryabhatta Images

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We all know that Aryabhatta (or Aryabhata) was from Bihar and one of the greatest mathematician and astronomer the world has ever known. But he remains an enigma and continues to intrigue us to this day. There are lots of things that we don’t know about this great person. For instance, we don’t know who his parents where, his name is also a topic of discussion, was he a Brahman, or was he a Buddhist, was he from Bihar or was he from Kerala, what did he look like. There are too many questions than answers.

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Aryabhatta pondering over scraps looking for answers. 
Aryabhatta deep in thought with Nalanda University behind him. From the Life and Works of Aryabhata Book
We do know that he was supposed to be the head of the maths and astronomy department of university at Nalanda (Bihar). We do not what he looked like but here are some images of Aryabhatta that we think that he might have looked like. Remember these images of Aryabhatta are just a representation. We do not know if he wore a “janau” of if he wore dhoti, its mere speculation.
If you like to submit images of Aryabhatta that you might have or might have drawn then please do send it to youbihar@gmail.com. If you think that these Aryabhatta images do not represent him or have any suggestions then please leave a message below and I will get back to you.

Actual Nalanda University in Bihar where he taught mathematics and astronomy
Statue of Aryabhata on the grounds of IUCAA Pune
Statue of Aryabhata on the grounds of IUCAA in Pune

Here are some resources and further reading on Aryabhatta:

Aryabhatta the Indian mathematician
Aryabhatta.Net
Video on the life of Aryabhatta
Books on Aryabhatta:
Life and Works of Aryabhata (USA)
Life and Works of Aryabhata (India)


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