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Photographer's Note

There was probably a Hindu temple on this site as early as the ninth century CE. The current form of the temple may well date from the 16th century and the establishment of the Bundela dynasty at Orchha. We find here the first occurrence of special glyphs for depiction of decimal digits, and the indubitable appearance for the digit zero. A small circle appears on a stone inscription found at this temple and dated 876 CE.

Zero (0) has a number of significant characteristics: (1) It is an integer; (2) It is an even number, divisible by (2); (3) It is neither positive nor negative; and (4) It is a natural number and the only natural number not to be positive.

I may add that this is NOT the setting for Shakespeare's play "Much Ado About Nothing". :-)

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