The sudoku puzzle is very popular today, but it first appeared in newspapers in the 19th century. Employing a 9 x 9 grid with nine 3 x 3 sub-grids, its form is, nevertheless, similar to ancient games and what are known as magic squares. News Minute has reported that archaeologists have found a magic square puzzle in India, and it has a striking similarity to modern Sudoku.
Palani Hill top Temple (Photo: Thejas Panarkandy)
They made their discovery while repairing a pillar in a 13th century temple located in the foothills of Palani, a town in the Tamil Nadu Indian state. The numbers in the squares of the inscription on the pillar add up to 15, and this is the sacred number linked with Lord Muruga, the deity of the temple. The numbers had been hidden under a coating of limestone. Archaeologist Narayanamoorthy said that the inscription is an example of a 3×3 magic square.