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Thoughts for upcoming Pi Day . . . 3/14
Madhava (c. 1360-1420), an Empranitiri Brahman living in India, calculated and expressed  using the bhutasankhya system of words denoting objects that are taken in reverse order.  Here is a literal translation of his Sanskrit:

Gods [33], eyes [2], elephants [8], snakes [8], fires [3], three [3], qualities [3], Vedas [4], naksatras [27], elephants [8], and arms [2].  The wise say that this is the measure of the circuference when the diameter of a circle is nine hundred billion.