Bijjaraji, Bhaskara's hometown

Bijjaraji, Bhaskara's hometown

Bijjaragi is said to have been the last border village of his kingdom. Bhaskaracharya popularly known as Bhaskara, the famous mathematician and astronomer of ancient India, lived in Bijjaragi village.

The saint Siddheshwar swami, who is often referred to as the ‘Walking God of North Karnataka’ was born and brought up in Bijjaragi. The famed child mathematician Biradar, who made news as a ‘human computer’ in the Eighties, is also from Bijjaragi. Now, however, not many remember Bhaskara or his contribution to Indian astronomy. Barring Gururaj Acharya Herkal of Bijapur.

He has formed the Jyotirvijnana Samsthe in Bijapur and feels that state government needs to do something to keep Bhaskara’s legacy alive. Bhaskara represented the peak of mathematical knowledge in the 12th century and was head of the astronomical observatory at Ujjain, the leading mathematical centre of ancient India.

Bhaskara was the first to introduce the concept of infinity, that if any number is divided by zero, the result is infinity. Also the fact that if any finite number is added to infinity, then the sum is infinity.  The astronomer was born in a Brahmin family of the Shandilya gotra. Although there are no records of his genealogy anywhere, Jyotirvijnana Samsthe of Bijapur has sought to take up research on the astronomer.

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