Mātrācchandas (Mattācchandas) Tables

Summary

In what follows:

= guru, which is 2 mātrā

= laghu, which is 1 mātrā

The rules for drawing up the Mātrācchandas tables are similar to those for the samavtta tables:

1. Write the first line which is all guru-s, or if the number is odd then the first syllable should be laghu.
2. Working from the left, under the first guru write a laghu.
3. Copy the signs that are written to the right on the first line into the second line.
4. To make up the number of Mātrā required add sufficient guru-s at the beginning of the line, but if the quantity required is odd, then first write a laghu, then whatever guru-s that are needed.
5. Repeat instuctions 2 - 4 until a line with all laghu-s is reached. Then the table is complete.

When there are 4 mātrā there are 5 possible shapes
When there are 5 mātrā there are 8 possible shapes
When there are 6 mātrā there are 13 possible shapes
When there are 7 mātrā there are 21 possible shapes
When there are 8 mātrā there are 34 possible shapes
When there are 9 mātrā there are 55 possible shapes
When there are 10 mātrā there are 89 possible shapes
When there are 11 mātrā there are 144 possible shapes
When there are 12 mātrā there are 233 possible shapes
When there are 13 mātrā there are 377 possible shapes
When there are 14 mātrā there are 610 possible shapes
When there are 15 mātrā there are 987 possible shapes
When there are 16 mātrā there are 1597 possible shapes