What Is The Satta Number?
The state number is considered one of the most auspicious numbers in South India. This number has been traditionally associated with the Sri Lankan religion and the Sri Lankan Era of Good Peace. The numbers 1 to 11 are also satta numbers for Sri Lanka. The satta number system is believed to have started with the tenth century.
In India, the state number system was adopted by the Maharajas and the Jains. These two religions did not have much interaction with each other; however, they still retained their satta symbols. The Sri Lankan government declared that the Sri Lankan state was a national emblem and is the one that should be worn by all citizens.
Sri Lankan government declared the state as the official numeral for the month of November and the ninety-first state became the official numeral for the year 2021. The satta numbers also include twenty-two, seventy, and eighty. The twenty-two state numbers represent the past, present and the future. The seventy and eighty satta are significant for important moments in Sri Lankan history such as, for instance, the period prior to the foundation of Lanka and during the Sinhalese era.
The Sri Lankan state numbers also consist of twenty-one, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty and seventy. The twenty-one state is for the Sri Lankan government and the thirty satta symbolizes progress, fortification, and completion. The forty satta is for the civil society and the sixty satta is for the elite. The seventy satta number signifies power and fortune. The last satta number is for peace. The entire satta symbolizes strength, supremacy and completion.
Besides these numbers, there are also other satta symbols that are used in Sri Lankan culture. For instance, the black state coin which is believed to bring wealth and prosperity can be seen during celebrations like Onu Wed, Aseesha, Dankara and other important festivals. The satta beads are also a popular numeral that can be used both for good and evil purposes. During the civil war, the black satta beads were given to those soldiers who had been killed or wounded.
The satta number also has religious significance. According to myth, the god Buddha was once riding a tiger and was forced to leap into a hole created by worms. He was thus symbolized as the being in the form of a tiger, therefore the ‘satta’ is interpreted to mean “the tiger’s tail”. The other interpretation of data is that of reincarnation. This is why the name ‘sadhana’ means ‘reborn’.