Geometry in the Vedic period

Shrikrishna Gopalrao Dani

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai & Indian Institute of Technology di Mumbai (India)

The performance of yajnas (fire worship) in the Vedic period involved construction of large altars in various intricate shapes. The Sulvasutras which are compositions aimed at transmitting the knowledge in this respect provide various geometric constructions and also exposition of various geometric principles. In this talk we will discuss the geometry involved, placing it in a broader context.