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Tuesday, April 01, 2014


प्राची प्रज्ञा, Prachi Prajna at https://sites.google.com/site/praachiprajnaa/ is a Monthly E-journal in Sanskrit for News, Information and creative writings, अन्तर्जालसंस्कृतवार्तापत्रिका. It has different categories of posting the news, namely सम्पादकीयम् and वार्ताः with subcategories विश्ववार्ताः, वाणिज्यवार्ताः, क्रीडावार्ताः, भारतवार्ता, संस्कृतवार्ता. The section काव्यधारा presents poems composed by many participants. It states its intention and ambitious coverage of topics "अस्यां पत्रिकायां शिक्षा-राजनीति-ऐतिह्य-संस्कृति-मनोरञ्जन-क्रीडा-पर्यावरण-विज्ञान-आध्यात्मिक-सामाजिकादिविभिन्नक्षेत्रेषु वार्ताः प्रकाश्यन्ते। संस्कृतक्षेत्रे नवाचार-नूतनप्रयोग-नवोन्मेष-नवसन्दर्भ-शोधप्रवृत्ति-गतिविधि-सूचनादीनामपि पत्रिकायामस्यां प्रकाश्यन्ते । नवसर्जना अपि काव्यधारायां प्रतिबिम्बिता भवन्ति।" The site allows forum discussion परिचर्चा among registered members. Editor in Chief Sugyan Kumar Mahanty of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan requests Sanskrit scholars, students, and enthusiasts to send news in Sanskrit to this site typed in Arial Unicode MS(Devanagari) to be emailed to prachiprajnaenb at gmail.com

Saturday, August 31, 2013

All India Muslim-Sanskrit Preservation and Oriental Research Foundation, अखिल भारतीय मुस्लिम‑संस्कृत संरक्षण एवं प्राच्य शोध संस्थान was established in 2004 in Varanasi, काशी. The motto has been विश्वबन्धुत्वविस्तारकं संस्कृतम् vishvabandhutvavistArakaM sa.nskR^itam Sanskrit that promotes/enhances universal brotherhood of all beings, (one of the objectives put forth by Kabir pantha). The group has initiated publications following one of many planned activities of compiling contribution of Muslims to the Sanskrit Sahitya. There are 35 volumes planned, only first couple of them are announced 1) Khanakhana Abdurrahim and Sanskrit, 2) Emperor Akbar and Sanskrit. Others are in planning stage. It also has published नवाबखानखानाचरितम्, सर्वदेशवृत्तान्त संग्रह or ‘अकबरनामः’, and अद्वैतामृतमञ्जरी (शतकत्रयी).
Contact 9415697016, E-Mail: pratnakirti@gmail.com Site : http://www.pratnakirti.com.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


An online portal (http://www.sanskritfromhome.in) for Sanskrit Learning has been launched by Ideas Software and Consulting Pvt Ltd (Bangalore) in association with Samskrti Foundation (Mysore). The portal, named vyoma-samskrta-pathashala, is intended to provide a collaborative platform for Sanskrit teachers and students.

Currently it offers an interactive self-learning course for Beginners in Sanskrit. It also contains a course for school students (studying 10th standard in Karnataka), and a course for Grammar paper of MA exam conducted by Karnataka State Open University (KSOU). Several other courses are targeted at different groups of learners. Please send your suggestions and feedback through email at sanskritfromhome@isacweb.com

From the same team at sanskritfromhome.in there is now a new venture vyomalabs.in to have online training course for CBSE X Sanskrit Students. Vyoma Labs is a non-profit organisation that brings together sanskrit and technology. They are probably the only private organisation in India working in the Sanskrit domain. The organisation is funded by a group of sanskrit enthusiasts. The CBSE 10th Standard gives students explanations at length regarding Sanskrit concepts - Reading in Sanskrit, Writing in Sanskrit, Concepts in Sanskrit Grammar, Sanskrit Prose and Sanskrit Poetry. Among other products are Flagship Product:- Samskruta Balamodini, Samskrit Sandhis for beginners, Ashtadhyayi, Shabda-Roopa-Sangrahah, and Shishugeetaani and more.


Sunday, July 28, 2013


Sanskrit Grammar, पाणिनीय-व्याकरणम्‌— नवीना दृष्टिः a new approach to learning grammar presented by students of Smt. Dr. Puspa Diiksita (called mAtA) with her unique approach, "techniques which Panini used to achieve the critical task of groupifying and organizing the elements", so called "a new approach." The process is broken in eight parts

1 - धातुगण-परिचयः dhAtugaNa parichayaH
2 - माहेश्वराणि सूत्राणि mAheshvarANi sUtrANi
3 - मातुः पाठस्य वैलक्षण्यम्‌ mAtuH pAThasya vailakShaNam
4 - धातुविज्ञानम्‌ dhAtuvijnAnam
5 - सार्वधातुकप्रकरणम्‌ (अदन्तम्‌ अङ्गम्‌) sArvadhAtukaprakaraNam (adantam)
6 - सार्वधातुकप्रकरणम्‌ (अनदन्तम्‌ अङ्गम्‌) sArvadhAtukaprakaraNam (anadantam)
7 - आर्धधातुकप्रकरणम्‌ ArdhadhAtuprakaraNam
8 - करपत्राणि, वर्गस्य क्रमे karapatrANi, vargasya krame

The lessons are all in Sanskrit and beginners are expected to learn through "Abhyasa-Pustakam" independently, with basic understanding of present-tense verbs and nouns up through i-kArAnta (muni), u-kArAnta (shishu), and R^i-kArAnta (kartR^i).

Thursday, May 30, 2013

संस्कृतसंवर्धनप्रतिष्ठानम्, Samskrit Promotion Foundation (SPF) at samskritpromotion.in has been actively pursuing various projects to improve the quality of Samskrit Education in Schools. One among them is the "Samskrit Tutorial" site. Visit the project website - samskrittutorial.in and explore the multimedia presentations. The foundation plans this to be a 'Samskrit Resource' website for Teachers and Students, and in general any one who wants to study Samskrit. The most important point of this direct approach is that Samskrit is taught through Samskrit only. All the resources can be downloaded by the teacher. The foundation also plans to add games, plays, and kits. संस्कृतपठनाय, संस्कृतश्रवणाय, अभ्यासाय, दृश्यश्रवण-उपकरणसहितं शिक्षणाय संस्कृतशिक्षणम् !

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The http://musicresearch.in site is involved with Music research and documentation. It hosts scanned Sanskrit granthas for the Indian Classical music, such as Abhinava-tala-manjari, Ashtottara-sata-tala-laksanam, Sangita-samaya-sara, Raga-vibodha, Raga-mala, Sangita-sastra,Raga-manjari et cetera. The site contents are available here. If you have any scanned books or related information, please let N. Ramanathan (musicologist) know by contacting at ramanathanhema at gmail.com

Friday, June 08, 2012

Explore the PHP/JAVA/Unicode based Online Sanskrit Tools at http://greenmesg.org ,   the site dedicated for "Green Message: The Evergreen Messages of Spirituality, Sanskrit and Nature."  Apart from inspirational quotes of Shri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Ramana Maharshi, the pages have Shlokas with meanings, information on Temples and Saints, a four-liner set of poems on Nature elements, along with extensive tools for learning Sanskrit, Tamil, and internet Tools.
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The Sanskrit portion of the site is an excellent must-use utility for a beginner as well as advanced students.  The categories of the tools are
  • 03.  Sanskrit English Pad: HTML code generation and formatting Sanskrit words within English sentences.
  • 04.  Sanskrit Noun Declension: Examples of Sanskrit Noun Declensions automatically generated based on the selection of noun and pronoun or based on word ending, gender, number, and case.  A table is generated instantly.
  • 05a.Sanskrit Sandhi Rules: Sanskrit Sandhi Rules with examples.  These are based on vowels, visarga, and consonants.
  • 05b.Sanskrit Sandhi Tool: Combine Sanskrit words with word inputs in Unicode or Kyoto transliteration.
  • 06.  Sanskrit Sentences: Examples of Sanskrit sentences with grammatical analysis
  • 07.  Sanskrit Sorting Tool: Sort Sanskrit words online with Devanagari unicode input.  The sorted words are listed as per Devanagari sequencing.
  • 08a.Sanskrit Verb Conjugation Rules: Verb Conjugation Rules with examples
  • 08b.Sanskrit Verb Conjugation Tables: Verb Conjugation Tables with operation summary
  • 09.  Sanskrit Word List: Sanskrit words under different categories,  The word list is sorted for beginners as for Animals, Colors, Fruits, Greetings, Nature, Numbers, Occupations, Relations, and Time.  On advanced level, the classification is done with Verb Roots (Dhatu), Indeclinables, Pronouns, Grammar Elements, and Grammar Terms further classified as alphabets, noun and verb numbers, persons, tenses, moods, classes, genders, and classes.  The selection is sorted with Devanagari sequence.
  • 10. S anskrit Writing Pad: Write Sanskrit using English.
The feedback contact is nature.and.poetry at gmail.com

Saturday, November 19, 2011

List of educational institutions which have Sanskrit phrases as their mottos. Also see, Sanskrit verses used by various Indian Organisations.

Friday, August 05, 2011

A Sanskrit Lyrical Ramayana Epic Poem, Gītarāmāyaṇam, composed by Svāmī Rāmabhadrācārya with Hindi meanings (2.57 MB) is available at http://jagadgururambhadracharya.org, or directly. He has also composed Bhāvārthabodhinī, Hindi (Rāmacaritamānasa commentary), Bhṛṅgadūtam, Sanskrit (Minor messenger poem), Arundhati , Hindi (Epic poem), and Śrībhārgavarāghavīyam, Sanskrit (Epic poem). In spite of loosing eyesight at infant age of two months, Swamiji has shown prodigal feats in memorizing complete Bhagvadgita and Ramacharitmanas at very young age. With exceptional grasp of devotional literature, intense education, and immense resolve, he has shown miraculous success in composing various large metrical poems. Listen to his lectures in Hindi on Ramayana at Videos gallery.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

View/listen Bhagvadgita recitation by Dr Balram S. Agnihotri, in multiple parts, posted by his daughter Leena Mehendale, in video format at http://www.youtube.com/user/sanstuti. Portion of it is sung by Suresh Wadkar. This is a presentation of kaushalamtrust.com. The trust is busy in presenting "Sanskritki Duniya," proposing a Sanskrit revival and rejuvenation for future generations through TV series and innovative methods and networking. The interesting videos have been posted Sanskrit TV. Also see FAQ and request for support for additional details. (With a background of being a director of National Institute of Naturopathy, Leena has also presented video clips in Hindi on the topics such as Water therapy, Eye care, Sun therapy, Fasting and Silence, et cetera at Sanstuti account on YouTube)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

संस्कृतवाणी Sanskrit Central, A Sanskrit Aggregator, Books and Everything Sanskrit at http://sanskritcentral.com/. This is an expanding (scroll down the page to see) blog list planned to cover all that is posted for Sanskrit. The list is also presented as categorized one with major headings. Sanskrit-central's own blog provides rationale behind the blog-list collection effort requesting "Sanskrit Lovers ! Let us work together." "संस्कृतसेवायां, संस्कृतव्याप्तौ च सर्वे समभागिनः भवेयुः इति मे प्रार्थना ।" The site is compiling stotras from various online sources in a page Stotra Ratnakara to be displayed in different scripts using utilities at http://eemaata.com. Sanskrit-central has built its own Sanskrit toolbar संस्कृतवाणी toolbar, perhaps displaying different aspects other than covered by one built by Dev at http://sanskrittools.ourtoolbar.com/ which itself is quite comprehensive.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

India in Classrooms at indiainclassrooms.org is a non-profit, voluntary, network based organization in US to promote a deeper understanding about India through its Teacher Support Program. It has prepared presentations, podcasts, videos to avoid misrepresentations and stereotypical information about Indian history, religion, and culture. Formed in year 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area, motivated by Mona Vijaykar, it has strived to form a grass-root organization and to provide broader cultural perspective to school children and educators. The site includes downloadable presentation modules, classroom worksheets, teachers' aids, useful links, and answers to FAQs in different categories. To expand its reachability beyond the bay area, contact the members for additional information.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Watch chanting of various Vedic mantras and Bhajans in a public performance by participants of Sound of Veda Fellowship in Zagreb, Croatia. The video clips include Ganapati Atharvashirsham, portion of Shri Rudram, Mantrapushpam, and Shivopasana mantra chanted in a methodic way. Vojko Kercan and Branimir Gonan, co-founders of Veda Union, conduct Shri Rudram classes regularly in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Veda Union seeks to unite all European Veda chanting groups. Veda Union has also prepared Rudram learning material for self learning and practicing purposes. See also Vedam Tutorials from Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust. The Rudram classes are held in Croatia, Germany, Hungary, and Slovenia under the Rudram 2012 project which one can join by contacting people listed here. Contact the group at email address info@vedaunion.org . One can also become a member of google group Veda Union.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Learn Sanskrit through Tamil at http://www.sangatham.com. This site provides book reviews, articles, humour, news, downloads, and links. In simple Sanskrit learning catagory, names of flowers and fruits with pictures, numbers, months and days, short stories are grouped. The lessons include spoken Sanskrit and topics related to grammar. Around the web "links" with pictures are carefully formatted.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Lyrical Thyagaraja Blog (http://www.lyricaltyagaraja.com or LTB or its blogspot mirror) has a refreshing and uncommon approach to understand the lyrics of Tyagaraja in proper context, to learn his sublime message, and enjoy the music fully. The site is meant to be for both "informed readers and readers new to Indian music and culture." Each rendition/Kriti is addressed with authentic translation with an eye towards the translation as an independent art form. Read the note about themes in the works of Tyagaraja. Each posting is tagged for easy categorization, and with particular Raga, Tala and well studied comments to get the insight. Audio files of most of the songs are not included for copyright purpose, and are available elsewhere and can be searched online. Although Tyagaraqja, regarded as Saint, wrote compositions and plays in Telugu, he wrote a few famous songs in Sanskrit which are also addressed on the blog. The reader is encouraged to explore the site, and post comments and suggestions online or over email at lyricaltyagarajablog@gmail.com. A PDF version of all posts is available upon request. This is a much larger undertaking, and only a few posts are made available to gauge the response and encouragement from readers like you. The author states that the message of this site is simply : "Music transcends all. Music is universal! Music is life!"

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Sulabha Sanskrit, The Easy Sanskrit Online Course is available at http://easysanskrit.chinfo.org. It is a high-tech course with flash-player and presentation driven contents built by Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF). The foundation is the academic front of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide and is Affiliated to Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi and recognised by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. The course is designed to be completed between 15-30 months and with the eligibility "an ardent desire and interest to learn Sanskrit." The online course fee is separated as for Residents of SAARC nations: (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan) and Residents of other nations. The foundation conducts online and postal correspondence courses for Sanskrit and Vedanta. The Sulabha Sanskrit course will allow students to study Sanskrit texts such as Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita independently. "The study of Sanskrit is indispensable for studying all aspects of Indian Knowledge - Yoga, Vedanta, Ayurveda, Itihasa (History), Purana and so on."

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi (Established under the Auspices of the Ministry of Human Resource Development Government Of India) is a premier institution for promoting Sanskrit studies in India and abroad. Among many notable activities, it is hosting 15th World Sanskrit Conference-2012(5th-10th Jan) (पञ्चदशतमं विश्वसंस्कृतसम्मेलनम्-2012, 5 -10 जनवरी). It is also preparing a data bank of Sanskrit Scholars (संस्कृत विदुषां कोशः) which is to be published in a book form and also uploaded on the website. Scholars, professors, and teachers are requested to send their information in a prepared form to [whosanskrit [[at]] gmail.com]. The Sansthan site has downloadable ebooks, scanned books from DLI, list of doctoral dissertations on Sanskrit, audio/video teaching material, newsletters (large files), and e-journals (संस्कृत विमर्श:) with interesting articles. The institution also conducts correspondence course for Sanskrit.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Satyaveda : All about the Veda site is built to provide "information and insights" about Vedic studies. There are informative articles, translations, and links related to Veda. The author, Satya Sarada Kandula (on which the site name is derived and who holds the copyrights of the contents), is a student of Veda, Vedanta, Vedartha, and Vedanga, and teaches Sanskrit online.

Satyaveda: All about the Veda, site is a collection of information and links related to Vedic literature and studies. The author Satya Sarada Kandula (from which the site name is derived)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Free Education for All at http://www.school4all.org/ provides help to students, "opening the doors of knowledge to all who demand and deserve." The site has many links and information categorized according to languages Marathi, Hindi, English, Sanskrit (मराठी, हिंदी, इंग्रजी, संस्कृत) and subjects Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Environment, Art, Music, Physical Education ( गणित विज्ञान इतिहास भूगोल पर्यावरण चित्रकला संगीत खेळ), Business Management and Information Technology. The site is maintained by Dnyanadeep Education and Research Foundation and is developed to help Education for all Project `सर्व शिक्षा अभियान' of Government of India. ज्ञानदीप एज्युकेशन अँण्ड रिसर्च फौंडेशन,१८, शिल्प चिंतामणी सोसायटी, विजयनगर, पोस्ट-वानलेसवाडी, सांगली - ४१६४१४. The foundation has undertaken several projects under the guidance of Dr. S. V. Ranade & Mrs. Shubhangi S. Ranade. The projects and activities are displayed on various websites : संस्कृत शिक्षणासाठी www.sanskritdeepika.org, विज्ञान शिक्षणासाठी www.vidnyan.net, मराठी साहित्य व संस्कृती जगभर पोहोचविण्यासाठी www.mymarathi.com, सांगली शहराची सर्व माहिती मराठीतून देणारी वेबसाईट www.mysangli.com, कोल्हापूर शहराची सर्व माहिती मराठीतून देणारी वेबसाईट www.mykolhapur.net, दूरस्थ शिक्षण व विविध शिक्षणसंस्थांना माहिती तंत्रज्ञानाच्या सुविधा पुरविण्यासाठी www.dnyandeep.net. The site appeals that "the idea is to search and provide useful and relevant free educational and informative links available on the internet. The success of this ambitious project depends on active participation of all who use internet for their work and study. Your contribution in content or otherwise shall help the foundation to enhance and enrich this website. "

Monday, July 05, 2010

Sanskrit Blogs : Listen to the podcast entries in Sanskrit at http://vaak.wordpress.com : संस्कृतभाषायाम् blog प्रयत्नः . "एतस्य उद्देशः अभ्यासः किञ्चित् चिन्तनं च । कीदृशः अभ्यासः इति चेत्, संस्कृतभाषायाः काव्यादिषु अभ्यासः वाङ्मयाभ्यासश्च । चिन्तनं नाम प्रासङ्गिकविचाराणाम् उपस्थापनं तेषां चर्चा च ।"

There is a growing list of "blogs" presented in Sanskrit or for Sanskrit study. Some of the mentionable ones are

Some others are listed in links of Sanskrit Subhashita, as well as in the above blogs.
(An active forum entry : Sanskrit-digest, speaksanskrit.org.)

Saturday, July 03, 2010

The Ancient Voice, "Eternal Voices from the past," website contains material related to Mahabharata text and research. It contains 7500 plus categorized pages dedicated to each noun in Mahabharata and bond-data (noun-to-noun affinity) of 30 plus most frequent nouns in Mahabharata. It contains videos episode of television serial of Dr. BR Chopra's Mahabahrata, images with digital paintings and artwork, Digital Maps (Epic India), Google maps (Epic India) and animations related to Mahabharata. There are many related articles, sections demystifying myths, characterized kingdoms, personalities, and plenty of research material which is the result of 20 plus years of research into Mahabharata. There is a discussion forum to post comments.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Sanskrit Primer is now available as an iPhone and Android application. It is developed by Krishna Varma (KV). Visit his blog, http://iphonesanskrit.blogspot.com/ or at http://sparshapps.com/, and provide your comments and suggestions. . KV also has iphonegita.blogspot.com Bhagvadgita for iPhone, and iphonevishnu.blogspot.com Vishnu Sahasranaama on the iPhone, and may set plans to add more depending on user's response and needs.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Pandanus is a biannual international journal in English on nature symbolism in Literature, Art, Myth, and Ritual. As an outcome of 12+ years of efforts of Prof. Jaroslav Vacek and others, the Pandanus project at Prague, Czech Republic has resulted in presenting Database of Plants and searchable collection of Sanskrit electronic texts. Indian Plants Database has more than 4000 plant names of almost 400+ species in 8 languages (Latin, Sanskrit, Prakrit, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, and English). Click on http://iu.ff.cuni.cz/pandanus/database/. Select Sanskrit tab to view plants with Sanskrit names. The searchable Sanskrit texts include 35+ of the large size documents available at etexts page, all transcribed and proofread by students of the Seminar of Indian Studies. (If a word is searched, and a verse selected for given text, clicking on the last line of the verse brings the next verse in line and so the entire text can be read but one line at a time.) The data for the project is jointly sponsored by Institute of South and Central Asian Studies, Philosophical Faculty, Charles University in Prague, Seminar of Indian Studies at Prague, Czech Republic.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

http://balsanskar.com is a Marathi site to impart understanding of Marathi tradition and culture to children. "सुसंस्कारित पिढी हेच देशाचे भवितव्य !" ह्या मूळापदावर, "`मुलांना केवळ माहिती देणे', असा या संकेतस्थळाचा मर्यादित उद्देश नसून खऱ्या अर्थाने व्यक्तिमत्व विकास होण्यासाठी विविध सदरे देण्यात आली आहेत. व्यक्तिमत्व विकास म्हणजे शारीरिक, मानसिक आणि बौद्धिक अशा स्तरांवर मर्यादित न ठेवता, त्याही पुढे जाऊन आध्यात्मिक स्तरावरही होणे गरजेचे आहे. यासाठी त्यातील अंगांची येथे मांडणी केली आहे." शिक्षण, परीक्षा, अभ्यासाचे महत्व, व्यायाम व सूर्यनमस्कार, स्फूर्तिगीते, संस्कृत सुभाषिते, स्तोत्रे, बोधप्रद गोष्टी, शिस्त व आत्मविश्वास इत्यादी विषयांवर मार्गदर्शन करण्याचा ह्या संकेतस्थळाचा हेतू कळून येतो. संकेतस्थळाला आपल्या सहभागाची अपेक्षा आहे. (संपर्क)

Navavani at http://www.navavani.org plans to undertake and show a "new journey of Sanskrit." It is an humble attempt of Sanskrit teachers and students of Irinjalakuda (इरिङ्गालक्कुटा) Educational District, in Thrissur District, Kerala to promote Sanskrit Language through day to day discourses using web media. There are several sections composed entirely by the highschool students (Holy Cross High School, Mapranam) that will help a reader understand and enjoy Sanskrit better.Show your appreciation to the team behind the project.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Sanskrit Sambhashana Sandesha is now available online at http://samskritam.in/. Copies since 1994 are posted in DjVu format. The Sandesha has "articles that unearth the hidden treasures in Samskritam texts." It contains articles, stories for children and advanced students, puzzles, news items, book reviews, jokes, crosswords et cetera, all complete in Sanskrit. Subscribe to the magazine to receive future copies of the colorful, nicely printed, archival monthly magazine. Support the Sanskrit Bharati support activities. (Bharat : Samskrita Bharathi, “Aksharam”, VIII cross, Girinagar II phase, Bangalore - 560 085). The details are also available at http://www.samskritabharati.org/.

SaMskRutaadhyayanam with Shripad L. Abhyankar. Many lessons are provided under the title "Learning Sanskrit in distance learning mode" in addition to help on speaking Sanskrit. Shri Abhyankar participates and guides students of Sanskrit literature in the learnsanskrit.wordpress.com along with Prof. Himanshu Pota. See also http://slezall.blogspot.com/

Message from Masters, at messagefrommasters.com has compiled inspirational stories, quotes, videos, biographies, and links to books by notable thinkers and teachers. They include Gautam Buddha, Osho also known as Bhagwan Rajneesh, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi, Shri Ramakrishna, Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching, Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Adi Shakaracharya, Meher Baba, Kahlil Gibran, Swami Vivekananda, and so on.

"A Million Books for a Billion People," projects of Arvind Gupta and his team, "Engineers helping those who must live on the ground." Visit and explore http://arvindguptatoys.com for a refreshing journey in to day to day scientific experiements, entertainment, toys, and much more.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

A Jain eLibrary comprises of a vast collection of literature on Jain principles. The project involves an online, ever-growing, well-coordinated collection of scriptures, manuscripts, dictionary, encyclopedia, articles, magazines, and ancient and contemporary books in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Sanskrit, and other languages related to Jainism. It contains ancient and modern literature representing all aspects of Jainism. Catalogues of Jain manuscripts of various Jain libraries add to the diversity of this collection. A 4 DVD Set containing 2000 Jainism eBooks in various languages and Catalogue is available for purchase. This is a collective effort by Jain Education International Organization and various Jain organizations.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

There are many sites that support transliteration for generation of display in many Indian scripts with Unicode format. Depending on one's preference and interest, these provide free, instant or online/off-line processing help in encoding. Some of these are listed here for reference (opens in new window): Web Interface/webitrans, Itranslator, Baraha/Direct, Sanscript (learnsankrit.org), Aksharamukha, HiTrans, Girgit, Shabdakosh, Mudgala-ime, Gumpad, Google Indic Transliteration and IME, Microsoft ILIT, akSharamAlA, quillpad, IITMadras Multilingual, HindiTypePad, UniNagari, maayboli, Pramukhpad, sarasvati, gujaratilexicon, Itrans2IAST, WebDunia, LexiLogos, WriteKA, Wordpress MonuSoft, UtopianVision, Kavitype, HindiIni, and perhaps many more unaccounted (!). With commonality provided by Unicode worldwide, most of these utilities cover typing and display of Devanagari (Sanskrit/Hindi/Marathi/Nepali), Gujarati, Punjabi/Gurumukhi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Oriya scripts. Wikipedia pages 1 and 2 provide a comprehensive list of such Indic support sites. Conversion utilities for to-and-from other fonts-based display are available at Mangla, Technical-Hindi-Group, Pratibhaas, Granthamandira, UPenn.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Jahnavi, a new Quarterly Sanskrit e-journal is edited by Bipin Kumar Jha (see sanskritam.ning.com below). "अस्याः संस्कृत पत्रिकायाः उद्देश्यं संस्कृतसंवर्द्धनं, संस्कृतस्यान्तर्गतज्ञान-विज्ञानवैशिष्ट्यस्य प्रकटीकरणञ्च विद्यते। मूलरूपेण अस्यां संस्कृतभाषायां निबद्धरचनानां संग्रहो भविष्यति। "

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Esamskriti.com is an online encyclopedia of Indian culture and traditions, education in India, history, Indian leaders, festivals of India, languages, Ayurveda, book reviews & many more. It has carefully selected or well studied essays/articles on various topics. The site is well presented with many sharp photographs for places in States of India and around the world, and categorized albums with subjects including travelogues. It is a "platform to share knowledge and insights," and "to reconnect with Indian heritage." The contents of the site portray, in essence, the quote that "it is out of this past that the future has to be molded".

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

http://sanskritam.ning.com/ is a site developed by Bipin Kumar Jha. He writes "इदं जालपुटं संस्कृत-प्रेमिभि: संस्कृत-प्रेम्णा संस्कृत-प्रेमिणां कृते निर्मितम् । संस्कृत-गीतानि, संस्कृत-नाटकानि, संस्कृत-साहित्यं, चर्चा:,संस्कृत-लेखनं, पठनं, तथा च यद् यद् वयं चिन्तयितुं शक्नुम: तत् तद् अत्र मिलित्वा कर्तुं शक्येत इति एव अस्माकं दृष्टि: अस्ति । सर्वेऽपि अस्य जालपुटस्य माध्यमेन सोत्साहं संस्कृत-संवर्धनाय कार्यरता: भविष्यन्ति इति विश्वासेन इदम् आव्हानम् -
कार्य का उद्देश्य सभी संस्कृत जिज्ञासुओं को एक मंच प्रस्तुत करना है जो अपने विचारों के माध्यम से जनभाषा के रूप में संस्कृत का संवर्धन कर सकें। इसका उद्देश्य जनसामान्य की भाषा के रूप में संस्कृत को प्रतिष्ठापित करना, संस्कृत जिज्ञासुओं को अभिव्यक्ति हेतु उत्साहित करना है ताकि संस्कृत निरन्तर प्रवाहमयी धारा सदृश रहे "
The site includes a long list of downloadable files and links (महत्वपूर्णानि जालपुटानि), pictures indicating activities of members, discussion forum, videos, and audio feeds/songs related to Sanskrit. A membership is needed to participate in the activities and contribute material such as articles, photos, videos, to the collection.

शत-प्रतिशत संस्कृतभाषायां
important links, महत्वपूर्णानि जालपुटानि

Download and install a unique utility, Sanskrit Toolbar for common web browsers, that adds to the collection of links for Sanskrit study. Apart from common utilities such as search engine, time of the day, current temperature and weather, email notifier, it has Sanskrit and Hindi links presented in several categories. The links include Sanskrit news, books, read/write tools, chatting utility, dictionaries, scriptures and literature, scrolling news items from BBC and other Hindi dailies, games, cricket news, stock market analysis and many tools. "इस टूलबार में हैं संस्कृत -हिंदी के सभी जरूरी लिंक, समाचारों की फीड, रेडियो चैनल, वीडियो क्लिप, गेम्स तथा और भी बहुत कुछ। for IE, Firefox(Mozilla) and Safari etc. for Windows, Linux & Mac." It is safe to install. Contact Dev at sanskrittools@gmail.com for suggestions/improvements.

Monday, October 05, 2009

The Computational Linguistics R&D, a Special Center for Sanskrit Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (J.N.U), New Delhi supports research in several areas of language technology for Sanskrit and other Indian languages. The center is supported by TDIL, a Government of India undertaking. The center has developed various unique tools to help students learn Sanskrit as a language as well as the source of the ancient literature. Some of the tools are : Online-Offline Sanskrit Multimedia & e-learning, Sandhi Generator, Subanta Generator, Online Multilingual Amarakosha, Mahabharata Search, Morphological Analyzer, Vowel Sandhi Splitter, Hindi Homonym Marker et cetera. There is a long list of Sanskrit prose articles as reading excercises. Some student projects such as indices of Ayurveda Herbs, Mahabhaata characters, Arthashastra, Panchatantra Named Entities, Subhashita, Sanskrit Grammar, Karma-kanda, Brahma-sutra and dictionaries/kosha of Sanskrit-Assamese-Bangla, Sanskrit-Hindi, Halayudh-Kosha et cetera will also be very interesting. The index searching comes up with a pad for click-selection/Itrans typing. (Make sure to use viraama/halanta on third row first symbol for a joDAkShara). A few of these are downloadable as perl scripts. Many of the projects at the center are supervised by Dr. Girish Nath Jha.

Visit Shashikant Joshi's atha Sanskritam practicalsanskrit.blogspot.com, which strives to "expound the joy of the wealth of sanskrit literature, wisdom for the modern times," "for those who want to learn something from the great minds of the ages, simple sanskrit, great ideas!" Along with subhAShitas and commentaries, the site lists some of the handy links, such as, How to Read/Write Sanskrit?, how to study ancient works (of sanskrit)?, Sanskrit noun and verb generators, and dictionaries.

In Parentheses site at http://www.yorku.ca/inpar/Sanskrit.htm presents Sanskrit Series with following free downloadable PDF files.
* Bhasa, Carudatta in Poverty, tr. A.C.Woolner and Lakshman Sarup (152K PDF)
* Bhasa, The Minister's Vows, tr. A.C.Woolner and Lakshman Sarup (180K PDF)
* Bhasa, The Vision of Vasavadatta, tr. A.C.Woolner and Lakshman Sarup (180K PDF)
* Harsha, Nagananda, tr. Palmer Boyd (192K PDF)
* Harsha, Priyadarsika, tr. G.K. Nariman, A.V.W. Jackson, C.J. Ogden, and G.C.O. Haas (180K PDF)
* Kalidasa, Shakuntala, tr. Arthur W. Ryder (256K PDF)
* Mahâbhârata, Karna Parva, tr. Kesari Mohan Ganguli (788K PDF)
* Mahâbhârata, Salya Parva, tr. Kesari Mohan Ganguli (532K PDF)
* Mahâbhârata, Sauptika Parva, tr. Kesari Mohan Ganguli (164K PDF)
* Mahâbhârata, Stree Parva, tr. Kesari Mohan Ganguli (168K PDF)
* Mahâbhârata, Strîparva ou Livre des Femmes, tr. L. Ballin (208K PDF)
* Mahâbhârata, Mausala Parva, tr. Kesari Mohan Ganguli (72K PDF)
* Mahâbhârata, Mahaprasthanika Parva, tr. Kesari Mohan Ganguli (48K PDF)
* Mahâbhârata, Swargarohanika Parva, tr. Kesari Mohan Ganguli (84K PDF)
Of Related Interest:
* Basic Sanskrit Flash Cards (transliterated and in Devanagari) 100 words (80K PDF)
* Sanskrit Flash Cards (transliterated and in Devanagari) 3200 words (744K PDF)
* Devanâgarî Flash Cards (72K PDF)
* Devanâgarî Orthography Manual (152K PDF)
* Devanâgarî Transliteration Practice (72K PDF)
Although well prepared, it seems, the flash cards have many serious errors and needs to be double checked with other sources before trusting the words. The words are also in apparent random order and are not useful as a dictionary. The roots are given without mention of गण and thus are hard to use!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

There is a well developed, scholarly site on the topic of Ancient Sanskrit, "an oldest known form of Sanskrit" that is distinguished from the presently known "Classical" Sanskrit that is believed to be developed around 400 BC. The topic is presented by Karen Thomson and Jonathan Slocum of the Linguistics Research center at University of Texas, Austin, and covers various lessons providing observation of distinct grammar style.

Visit http://sanskritebooks.org for downloadable links to Sanskrit books listed under various categories such as Dictionaries, Grammar (व्याकरणं), Learn Sanskrit, Plays (नाटकानि), Stories, Subhashitas et cetera. Most of these books are scanned printed books posted on internet for free download.

vadatu samskritam !
At putindiafirst.blogspot.com, read the benefits of Sanskrit learning and get tips to perform it with ease, but with determination! Here are some benefits identified :
  1. Samskrit Is Brain Development Tonic ! : Cognitive Capacity, Creativity, Competitiveness
  2. Most Scientific Language On Earth
  3. Samskrit Works On You ! (Even if you may not understand Samskrit)
  4. Your True Friend Through Your Journey
  5. It Helps To Purify Mind
  6. It's Heaven of Scientific Wealth
  7. Samskrit is Timeless Source of Human Values
  8. Foundation For India's Glorious Future
  9. Samskrit Makes The World A Livable And Lovable Place
  10. Samskrit Is Much Easier To Learn


  11. and to motivate you further
  12. Reasons That Have Deprived You From Learning Samskrit
  13. Samskrit Resources - Friend called 'Samskrita Bharati'
Looks like the presentation is going to lead to "All you Need to Know about Learning Sanskrit!"

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Download or subscribe and read Prabuddha Bharat or Awakened India, the official journal of the Ramakrishna Order started by Swami Vivekananda in 1896. The Advaita Ashram, with branches in Mayavati-Uttarakhand and Kolkata, through publications, weekly classes, and study circles provides a forum for discussion on various topics related to Advaita Vedanta with emphasis on teachings by the trio, ,Shri Ramakrishna Sharada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda. The site also has downloadable audio lectures. Write for the journal, subscribe, and advertise your business an projeccts in the journal. Also read an appeal for its support.

News article in hindimedia.in : इन गाँवों में संस्कृत बोलते हैं लोग. In these villages, majority of people speak Sanskrit कर्नाटक का मुत्तुरु, उत्तर प्रदेश के बागपत जिले का बावली ग्राम, मध्य प्रदेश के नरसिंहपुर जिले का मोहद, मध्य प्रदेश के राजगढ़ जिले का झिरी, राजस्थान के बाँसवाड़ा जिले का गनोडा. Participate in similar efforts personally.

The Arsha Vidya Vahini has formatted Sanskrit texts of "prasthAna trayI," three pillars of Vedantic scriptures. In his MP3 audio talks clips, the founder Acharya Sri Prem Siddharth has addressed many topics such as Significance of Human Birth, Benefits of Meditation, Art Of Parenting, Bhaja Govindam, Upadesha Saaram, Jeeva Yatra, Sadhana Panchakam, Shiva Aparadha Kshamapana Stotram et cetera. There are some refreshing statements by Siddharthji in the questions-answers' sections :

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Alejandro Gutman from Buenos Aires, Argentina has developed El Portal de la India Antigua, dedicated to diffuse the achievements of the ancient Indian civilization in the Spanish speaking world. (English translation using Babelfish.yahoo.com.) The site provides many links to books (about 300) and articles (150, and more coming) related to ancient India and those freely available on the web, commented briefly in order to orient people in an increasingly confusing forest of publications. Alejandro has written a few articles on the topics such as cosmogony and eschatology in the Rigveda and translation of several complete hymns. One section intends to be a step by step Sanskrit course based on his own experiences and difficulties with the language. An extensive number of lessons, downloadable in pdf format, are planned and will be presented soon.

Other site related to teaching Sanskrit online through Spanish, English, and Portugese is Gabriel Pradīpaka & Andrés Muni's A Sun of Sanskrit Knowledge http://www.sanskrit-sanscrito.com.ar/

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sanskrit lessons, exercises, and solutions built by Alois Payer with help from Margarete. (The original German site is at http://www.payer.de/skrtlink.htm and the link here is translated through babelfish). The collection includes i) Indian history with information on inscriptions, coins, inheritances, and sources from Chinese, Tibetan, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, European records; ii) Sixty detailed Sanskrit lessons with exercises and solutions; iii) Notes on sandhi, roots, tenses, upasarga, suffixes etc.; iv) Apte's student's guide to Sanskrit compositions; v) Selected translations of charakasaMhitA, kAmasUtra, kauTilIya arthashAstra, dharmashAstra, manusmriti, nAradasmriti, shaivagamaparibhAShAmanjarI, and somadeva's kathAsaritasAgara; and vi) compilation of notes on Carnatic music. The individual pages in HTML format are made more interesting with excellent photographs and information interspersed throughout. The collection is part of department of Sanskrit of Tüpfli's global Village Library that addresses other topics. They offer it as "Free information for free citizens."

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Font converters for Indic scripts

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Veda Adhyayana Kendra is a non-profit organization located in Bangalore, India that aims at promoting India’s Vedic Heritage. This website presents information regarding the history, activites, membership and publications (a newsletter and a collection of articles on various topics) of the Kendra. The publications of Vedaganga and VedanAdasarit since 2004 are available online. Dr. C. L. Prabhakar, Prof. and HOD of the Department of Sanskrit (Retd.), National College, Jayanagar, founded the Kendra in 1994. He is assisted by a dedicated but small team of volunteers. The groups are separated in departments of Veda, Nada (Music), Jyotish (Astrology), and Yoga. The Kendra is also home of the “World Association for Vedic Studies” (WAVES) Organization’s Bangalore Chapter. (linked by Prasad Calyam)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A thousand Sitarists and other musicians played on one platform for the first time in the world, in the Brahma Naad concert for world peace. To make so many people sit in one place for practice & rehearsal is unimaginable. This was held in New Delhi on 21st Nov 2008. Sitar players of various age group, ranging from 6 to 70 years, from different parts of the world - India, Australia, USA, France and Abu Dhabi - performed in this grand celebration of peace and harmony. These included child prodigies, budding artists from renowned schools of classical music, senior practitioners and those who are visually challenged, among others. Click on the links below to enjoy the spectacular performance (with specified Raga).
Symphony 1 (gArA), Symphony 2 (bAgeshrI), and Symphony 3 (ha.nsadhvanI.)
This superlative performance conducted by the Art of Living is expected to find its way in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bhagwadgomandal at http://www.bhagvadgomandal.com/ is the most prolific work in Gujarati that was derived after 26 years of scientific and detailed work. This encyclopedic dictionary of Gujarati language is available online, in searchable unicode format, with keypad entry and is free. ‘ભગવદ્ગોમંડલ’ જેવા અદ્વિતીય જ્ઞાનકોશ. Try searhing for સંસ્કૃત (use સ with virAma ્ to join with k).

Monday, February 09, 2009

The totalbhakti.com provides satsang and teachings of hundreds of Indian teachers in video format. The site includes thousands of bhajans/spiritual songs in over 15 Indian languages, mantras, shlokas, Gita, Ramayana, religious wallpapers, e-greetings, and many more. The website is dedicated to the world of spiritualism, through the internet, to promote daily practice of Yoga, Hinduism, and to provide all related religious & cultural information.

Lists of वर्णाः colors, दिशः directions, मासाः months, वासराः week days, कालः time periods, शरीरस्य भागाः body parts, मृगाः animals, and खगाः birds in Sanskrit are available at 2indya.com. Vivek Kumar is a freelance writer, motivated to perform सेवा sevA with Satya Sai Baba's guidance. एको गुणः खलु निहन्ति समस्तदोषान्।।

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Enjoy a different approach to Sanskrit words' etymology. Read the articles on Sanskrit Puns by Richard Stoney of Orleans, CA. Some articles include "Gulliver's Travels and its Sanskrit Puns," "Sources of the Word Yahoo," "English Words derived from Sanskrit," "Hindu Linguistical Influence in Northern Europe: 1200-1600," "Etymology and Ethnobotany," "The Crucible" and Sanskrit, and more are forthcoming!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Satsangs offers an online company of learned and teachings through talks and question-answers, "to get a better perception of life and make our priorities clearer." The site is a voluntary offerings from Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, "a center for learning the knowledge imparted by the Rishis," in Saylorsburg, PA, US. It was founded by Shri Swami Dayananda. Many audio-mp3 and text-PDF files of the scholarly speeches on varied topics by Gurukulam Swamis (Dayananda, Viditatmananda, Tattvavidananda, Pratyagbodhananda) are available. The files are categorized by speakers, topics, dates with details on the duration/length and file size. The topics include, just to list a few among many, Alertness, Detachment, Devotion, Hindu Dharma, Intelligent Living, Karma Yoga, Knowledge, Love, Purpose Of Life, Self Acceptance, Vairagya, Values, Vedanta, Yoga, and scriptural texts such as Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita, Bhaja Govindam, Brahmasutra, Durga Suktam, Ksetrajna Bhashyam, Uddhava Gita, Vedanta Dindima et cetera.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

"Just be Happy, मौज में रहो ", Swami Anubhavananda is busy "spreading wisdom that unites and integrates people of the world" through his talks, meetings, and the site behappyinc.org. Read his A-Z "Just be happy" mantra. For example, "Xpect nothing if you want to be happy, You have to be happy, none can make you happy." Small sample Audio clips of some of his talks in Hindi and English, available on the site, areSome video clips are also presented.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Bhaktivedanta VedaBase Network at vedabase.net covers wide variety of scriptures related to Vaishnav bhakti. Each book has original text in Sanskrit, word meaning/synopsis, translation, and detailed commentary mostly by the well-known A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swāmī Śrīla Prabhupāda,
These and other books are available in print format from Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Krishnastore.com.

Articles related to Sanskrit

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sanskrit Language Software tools and fonts are now available at the web based Indian Language Data Centre (ILDC) site through Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) Programme. It has the objective to develop information processing tools to facilitate human machine interaction in Indian languages and to develop technologies to access multilingual knowledge resources. कार्यक्रमस्य ध्येयम् अस्ति – मानवयन्त्रयोर्मध्ये भाषावरोधेन विना अन्योन्यक्रियासौकर्याय सूचना प्रक्रियाकरणोपकरणानां प्रविधीनां च विकसनम्। This activity is being executed in close coordination with CDAC, Gist, Pune.
The software tools for Windows 95/98/XP/2003 and newer and for Linux, include

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gita Foundation, Miraj, Maharashtra has published a special Diwali Magazine dharmayaj~na 2008 (धर्मयज्ञ दिवाळी अंक २००८) in Marathi. "नैतिकतेच्या अतिरेकास उत्तर देण्याचा नैतिकतेस प्रवृत्त करणारा यज्ञ म्हणजे धर्मयज्ञ॰" The trust is formed by Mr. Dilip V. Apte and a few friends. The special issue is available in PDF format on the site and includes referencee articles by notable individuals.
Subscription to the foundation includes this issue (128 pages) with an audio CD of Gita and portion of Bhagavat, and a monthly newsletter of approximately 40 pages. All proceeds go to needy Children's Education foundation.


Also read following online Diwali Anka


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New All-Sanskrit Vishvani Issue at speaksanskrit.org from umd_samskritam yahoo group.
Nov 10, 2008 : "तुलसीपूजायाः उत्थानद्वादश्याः च शुभाशयाः । अस्मिन् शुभावसरे विश्ववाण्याः नूतना सञ्चिका प्रकाशिता अस्ति । पत्रिकाम् अत्र प्राप्तुं शक्यते : http://www.speaksanskrit.org/vishvavani यथापूर्वम् अस्मिन् अङ्के अपि पदबन्धः प्रहेलिका विविधलेखनानि च सन्ति : अलम् अधिकप्रचारेण, यत्स्वल्पमपि तद्बहु, सङ्गणकेषु देवनागर्या कथं लिख्यते ?, पदबन्धः - ३, सुभाषितम्, प्रहेलिका, मुद्रिकारहस्यम्, परिसरप्रेमी, नरेन्द्रात् विवेकानन्दः,प्रहेलिकायाः उत्तरम्, चातुर्मास्यकथा, सूक्तिः, इत्यादि | पदबन्धस्य उत्तरं डिसेम्बर्-मासान्त्यात् पूर्वं यैः प्रेष्यते, तेषां नामानि अग्रिमाङ्के प्रकाशिष्यन्ते । पत्रिकां पठित्वा भवतां प्रतिस्पन्दान् vishvavani [[at]speaksanskrit.org प्रति प्रेषयन्तु । लेखनानि शीघ्रमेव http://vishvavani.blogspot.com इत्यत्र अपि उपलब्धानि भवन्ति ।"

Monday, November 10, 2008

Read the poetic presentation Significance of pancha-bhootas and the exchanges by Kavitha Kalyan at Indian Temples and Iconography site.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Banglapedia, National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh, has an historical overview of Sanskrit from ancient times to the present. The article is written by Narayan Chandra Biswas and highlights contribution of notable Bengali speakers to the advancement of Sanskrit literature and learning. A project for collecting and developing manuscripts, storing them in microfilms format, accompanied by short descriptions, was conducted from 1984-1988 under the supervision of Dhaka University Library. It has resulted in multivolume collection.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The translation of yogasutras of Patanjali (YSP), its commentaries, and links are available in various languages such as Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Sanskrit, Slovakian, Spanish, and Swedish, at the YSP site

There is another in Hindi by Surinder Shanker Anand at http://sites.google.com/site/shankyandy/Patanjal-Yog that is well documented with word meanings, translation, and commentary. The site has the entire book in PDF format along with many English articles on Adhyatma (Spiritualism) and lessons in Jyotish (Astrology). See the downloads section. It also has texts of Aditya Hridayam Stotra, Essence of Gita, Mind, Likes and dislikes, Vedic Sandhya etc. Author's basic motive behind "this effort is to spread the teachings of Maharshi Patanjali amongst the true seekers. But at the same time, it was the fervent desire to help needy and poor students in their education. Therefore, all the profit earned from the sale of this book will be utilized for this noble cause."

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sanskrit Dina at Pittsburgh, USA.
The विश्वसंस्कृतदिनं World Sanskrit Day was celebrated on October 18th in Pittsburgh. Many children participated in the event with their dances, shloka chanting, a skit, and songs. The अमृतवाणी Amritavani and त्रिवेणी Tiveni Sanskrit groups meet regularly to learn and converse in Sanskrit. The event was organized by Sanskrit Bharati, Pittsburgh with the help of other local groups. Click for program brochure and contact Shruthi Vembar for more details.

The Sudharma, Sanskrit Daily from Mysore is now online at http://sudharma.epapertoday.com. This newspaper is being published by K.V.Sampath Kumar from Mysore. It has been in print for the last 39 years. Contact sudharma.sanskritdaily@gmail.com, Phone : 0821-2442835 / 4287835 . Paypal donation is accepted.

संस्कृत भारती, कोंकण प्रदेश संस्कृत सम्मेलनं
Sanskrit Bharati, Konkan Pradesh Sanskrit Sammelanam
Dates - Nov-1 & 2 (coming Sat and Sun) 2008.
Time - from 9am on Nov 1 to 6pm on Nov 2.
Venue - Pendharkar college, MIDC area, Dombivali (east)
Fee - Rs.100 (with food and stay)
Lectures and programs-
- Nov 1. A formal inauguration of the संस्कृत विज्ञान प्रदर्शिनी Sanskrit-Vigyaan Pradarshini (charts and working models prepared on bases of ancient sanskrit texts)
- A formal inauguration of the Sammelanam by Shri Ramesh Jadhav (hon.Mayor) and key note address by the Sammelana-Adhyaksha Dr.Gauri Mahulikar (HOD Univ of Mum Dept of Sanskrit)
- A lecture by Shri Chandragupta Varnekar on Science in Sanskrit presided by Dr.Vijay Bedekar.
- A lecture on various efforts being made by various institutions all over the world for popularizing Sanskrit by Shri Chinmay Amshekar (Konkan Pranta Samyojaka- Samskrita Bharati)
- A Sanskrit drama को न याति वशं लोके "ko na yaati vashaM loke"
- Shobha yatra
- A special address by Shri Prabhaakar Panshekar (a famous personality in marathi theater)
- A special address by Shri Dinesh Kaamat (all india organisational head of SamskritaBharati)
- संस्कृत क्रीडोत्सव Samskrita Kreeda-utsav - simple games with running commentry in Sanskrit by Dr.Malhra Kulkarni (Prof. of Sanskrit at IIT Mumbai)
- An analysis of condition of Samskrita and its relevance in modern world
- कार्याभियान मास Kaarya-Abhiyana-Maasa - an interactive session about what each one of us can do for Sanskrit.
- Publication and Sale of new Samskrita-books
Click for invitation

For registration and details contact Sanskrit Bhasha, sanskritbhasha@gmail.com Neeraj Dandekar- 9820256996

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sanskrit Snehasammelan at Mulund (Mumbai) held on 29th September, 2008
Maharashtra Seva Sangh, Mulund held its second Sanskrit Shehasammelanam with 500 delegates attending. It was a day long program, extremely well organized. Following were the highlights:
a. Inauguration at the hands of Jyotirbhaskar Jayantrao Salgaoncar and Shri Prabhakarpant Panshikar
b. Upanishad recital
c. Dialogue with experts (Q&A from participants) from a variety of fields related to Sanskrit.
d Sanskrit Orchestra, presented by Sanskrit Bhasha Sanstha founded by Ga. Vaa. Karandikar.
e. Sanskrit Prashnottari (Quiz), presented by Sanskrit Bhasha Sanstha founded by Ga. Vaa. Karandikar.
f. Two Sanskrit One-act plays: Aksha Eva Jayate by Mrs. Manjoosha Gokhale and Mukta (Aatoon Kirtan Varun Tamasha) written by Prabhakar Bhatkhande, the prime mover for last 23 years for Sanskrit speaking programs in the region.
g. Geet Dattatreyam (based on compositions of Sanskrit Shahir Nanivadekarji)
h. Sanskrit Antakshari conducted by Dr. Tanmay Almadi & Sau. Surekha Joshi entirely in Sanskrit preceded by their rendering of Sanskrit songs brilliantly. Dr. Tanmay Almadi's Sanskrit translation of "Mana udhaan varyachhe" which he himself sang, received a great acclaim.

Contact for Sanskrit Bhasha Sanstha (founded by Ga. Vaa. Karandikar, now 85)
A 402, Shanti Apartment,
Mahakali Nagar, Vidyalaya Marg,
Mulund (E), Mumbai 400 081 Tel 2563 2253

There were many stalls for selling Sanskrit books / CDs including Amarakosha recitations based on the spardhaa organized by Tarangini Khot, daughter of Prabhakar Panshikar.

Listen and download Marathi kirtan mostly by संत श्री बाबा महाराज सातारकर in MP3 format. The audio clips are produced and the section moderated by Haridas Badwe, who also maintains collection of BhagvadGeeta, Dnyaneshwari, and Marathi/Hindi Bhajans.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

॥ वृत्तेन आर्यो भवति ॥ "vR^ittena Aryo bhavati" is the guiding principle for a new site SuSanskrit.org. संस्कृत के बिना भारत की भव्य संस्कृति, नीतिमूल्यों, और जीवनमूल्यों को यथास्वरुप समझना संभव नहीं । It is developed to promote Sanskrit and Sanskriti for layman as a non-profit initiative. The site is displayed in Devanagari Unicode with Hindi translation. (set your browser for UTF8 encoding everytime). It contains subhAshita-s by subject, suktis (one liners), useful articles in Hindi, Gita chapters and more. You can contribute with your entries. विद्यार्थीयों की संस्कृत में रुचि और भाषासमागम बढाने के यज्ञ में सम्मिलित होने की भावना भी यहाँ ज़रुर रही है । It also facilitates searching, sorting, and Devanagari/Hindi (and other scripts) typing using Pramukh Pad developed by Vishal Monpara.

Friday, July 04, 2008

A newly launched Sanskrit Voice Digest has a compilation of summary and links of blogs by different internet Sanskrit blog-authors. It makes it easy for readers to access many online Sanskrit related articles in one place. A well-meant theme is that "the effort has been initiated to educate people, especially the youth, about the wisdom conveyed in the ancient texts, and revive Sanskrit for the modern age." A similar Sanskrit newsfeeds and podcasts are brought together at Sanskrit In The News.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Summer Camps Revive India's Ancient Sanskrit, an article in washingtonpost.com by Rama Lakshmi covering aspects of the debate over importance of learning Sanskrit and its implementation. Apart from portraying commonly fashionable "Hindu-bashing" stance, there are some important statements in the news report that need personal attention, such as : "It is critical to understand Sanskrit in order to study ancient Indian civilization and knowledge"; "We are nothing without Sanskrit"; "Sanskrit is a beleaguered language in India today, caught in a web of widespread apathy and questions about its utility"; "In the name of so-called secularism, it has become fashionable to attack any attempt to promote Sanskrit"; "To talk about Sanskrit is very political in India today, that is the plight of the language." "When I learn any language, I learn about its history and its literature, but when I study Sanskrit, I learn who I am. It is my identity."
For the contents of the profound literature, can Sanskrit be taken closer to one's heart and learned for personal enrichment?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Gospel of Matthew in Sanskrit is newly added on Ulrich Stiehl's sanskritweb.net. The file includes Devanagari text, Roman transliteration, and English translation. It was translated two hundred years ago into Sanskrit by William Carey, who also spoke Bengali and numerous other languages.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Key to the Vedas : Integral Hermeneutics by M. I. Mikhailov and N. S. Mikhailov. A detailed summary is available at itved.com along with other books by Mikhailovs. Authors warn that "Contrary to popular belief, one of the biggest problems facing Vedic and Sanskrit start-up scholars is NOT lack of information... It's INFORMATION OVERLOAD... False promises... Usual pitfalls of colonial, naturalistic, nationalistic and religious ideology..." Authors are founders and supporters of the Online International Academy of Vedic Programming.

http://www.vedicsciences.net/ has a collection of articles with studied photographs and well formatted presentations on the various topics of Vedic literature and its scientific implications. The topics include Vedic Mathematics, The Vedic Paradigm's approach to knowledge, Consciousness Within Science?, Oriental Seeds in Occidental Soil, Sanskrit — Language of Enlightenment, and Sanskrit and Artificial Intelligence.

See also
Sanskrit Voice for additional articles and an interface to McDonnel's Sanskrit dictionary.


Sunday, May 04, 2008

The blogger.com engine now allows "Blog in your native Indic script, Convert English characters to Indic script as you type! This may increase the number of sites that use Devanagari/Sanskrit display.

Daniel Salas has been involved with Sanskrit Decipherment of the Indus Valley Script. See various links of Daniel's bold discoveries with diagrams and graphs for Metal and Writing in the Bronze Age Indus Valley; 'Metal' Teacher of the Planets; Guru Jyotis; MahAdeva "City of Buddha," Evolution from the Indus Script; Sumerian to Indus translitation; and pages on Vira-bhadra, Gandharva.

Chetan has created Sanskrit utilities that cover Ajax-Based Online Interface to Monier Williams Sanskrit Dictionary using a Java-J2EE Backend, Transliterator to generate display in Devanagari using multiple transliteration schemes (Itrans, Kyoto, and single key map), a Sandhi engine that joins two words and displays them in Devanagari, and a Pratyahara-Decoder based on the Shiva sutra of Panini. The Java based sandhi project software is available for download. An article "Introduction to the Technique of Paninian Grammar" supplements the utilities. The dictionary allows Copy to ClipBoard function for the Devanagari/eLatin Output and makes it more User-Friendly.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Visit Sanskrit Literature blog site at http://venetiaansell.wordpress.com and participate. The site objective is "Bringing Sanskrit literature to a wider global audience." The site is maintained by Venetia Ansel, "hoping to start a Sanskrit literature forum which would generate fresh interest in Sanskrit literature around the world by promoting texts, translations, literary criticism and artistic interpretations," and to "bring together Sanskritists, literature fans, readers and audiences." The site is grouped in different categories such as art, books, film and television, theatre and dance, and verses, quotes, excerpts with links to other relevant blogs, Sanskrit resources and organizations. Read the motivation behind the site and get involved in Sanskrit studies.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

  • Listen to the MP3 audio files of English translation of Bhagavadgita. It includes all the chapters with summary read by Michael Scherer of americanaphonic.com. The publication is "Srimad Bhagavad Gita : The Scripture of Mankind," by Swami Tapasyananda. The book is available at Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, India. If you listen to any of it and like it, please let Mike know.

  • Ramayana Sites in Sri Lanka – Visit places of Lankapura such as Ashok Vatika, Sita Kotuwa and Seetha Eliya. Watch a You-tube video on the places visited under Ramayana tours. The site is built by Dream vacations for travel promotion to Sri Lanka.

    Monday, April 21, 2008

    Visit BhashaIndia.com, a community site, sponsored by Microsoft, related to Languages of India for their technological enhancement and world-wide outreach. It provides resources for end-users as well as developers. Resources include IMEs in different scripts (Hindi Tamil Kannada Gujarati Marathi Telugu Bengali Malayalam Punjabi Konkani Oriya Sanskrit Nepali), Tri-Lingual Dictionary, Keyboard Layout Creator, sample interviews in regional languages and some minor texts.

    Sunday, March 02, 2008

    "To London, to Learn Sanskrit", Hindustan Times news item by Aditya Ghosh. Also included is a short interview of Dr. Warwick Jessup, Sanskrit teacher, by Sumana Ramanan, "An exquisitely refined language." St. James Independent School of London, founded in 1975 by Leon Maclaren, teaches Sanskrit as a required language. Have children attending the school benefited by learning Sanskrit?

    Tuesday, January 01, 2008

    The Tamil classic, Thirukkural (Sacred Couplets), attributed to Thiruvalluvar(2nd or 3rd century A.D.) has been translated into many major languages of the world. A project is underway by N.V.K. Ashraf at http://nvkashraf.co.cc (also linked from http://www.geocities.com/nvkashraf) to gather, decode, and present it in many languages. The available translations are grouped in Indian, Asian, and European languages : Gujarati, Burmese, Dutch, Hindi, Chinese, English, Kannada, Fiji, Finnish, Konkani, Japanese, French, Malayalam, Korean, German, Marathi, Malay, Hungarian, Oriya, Sinhalese, Italian, Punjabi, Urdu, Latin, Rajasthani, Norwegian, Sanskrit, Polish, Saurashtra, Russian, Tamil, Spanish, Telugu, Swedish, and more. Many of these are already uploaded on the site.

    Monday, December 24, 2007

    Read the ongoing translation of yogavAsiShTha online at google newsgroup yoga-vasishtha. It is being translated by Jiva Das, a long term yoga practitioner. He warns in his preface that the "central teaching of this Masterpiece of Philosophical Literature has mainly this to say: 'This Universe in which you take so much stock,--it never was, it is not now, and it will never be. And if you are ripe for such lunacy, then you should settle down for a seven-year journey." Some of the difficult Sanskrit words are explained in a separate file. Author's favorite verse from Yogavasishtha is
    santoShaH paramo lAbhaH satsa~NgaH paramA gatiH |
    vichAraH paramaM j~nAnaM shamo hi paramaM sukham ||
    सन्तोषः परमो लाभः सत्सङ्गः परमा गतिः ।
    विचारः परमं ज्ञानं शमो हि परमं सुखम् ॥
    Contentment is the highest gain, Good Company the highest course, Enquiry the highest wisdom, and Peace the highest enjoyment.

    The Atma Jyoti Ashram is a spiritual center in Cedar Crest, New Mexico and is also dedicated to promoting and living the traditional Hindu monastic life in US. The well developed site provides many articles, audio/video clippings, high resolution photographs, well-written blogs by Swami Nirmalananda Giri and details of Om Yoga Meditation, and inspiring tips to spiritual seekers. It maintains a Sanskrit glossary which could be modified to promote correct pronunciation of Sanskrit words.

    Sunday, December 23, 2007

    Streaming realplayer audio of Sanskrit stotras at spiritual-happiness.com and bhajans/devotional songs devotionalsinging.com chanted/sung by Kumuda, aka Sharon Janis.

    Indolipi, a software for indologists and linguists developed by Elmar Kniprath at the Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany. It is a multipurpose tool box dealing with Unicode Open Type fonts of various scripts.

    Friday, December 21, 2007

    The site http://www.geocities.com/yajur.veda
    hosts many documents from Krishna Yajur Veda with vedic svaras with display in Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Grantha-Tamil scripts. The texts include Rudram, Pancha Suktam, Yajur Veda Suktas, Mahanyasam, Taittiriya Aranyaka, Brahamanam, and Samhita, and upanishads. It is built by K. Narasimha Rao .

    Tuesday, December 18, 2007

    The Kootastha Veda Shastra Poshaka Sangha in Bangalore is established to promote the study of the Vedas and the Shastras. The http://www.kootastha.org site has audio and video clips of suprabhatams, rudra, and suuktas for download. Most of the meanings are in Kannada.

    Saturday, November 17, 2007

    Information on the Unicode for Vedic Sanskrit are available at TDIL (directly at Vedica.pdf), Omkarananda Ashram site, and separate Mailing list forum. Sites request participation and feedback.

    Friday, November 16, 2007

    Kalidas Festival in Ujjain. उज्जैन में कालिदास समारोह, स्वर्ण जयंती आयोजन | कालिदास समारोह का शुभारंभ भारतीय पंचांग के अनुसार कार्तिक मास की देवप्रबोधिनी एकादशी को होता है | कालिदास व्याख्यानमाला, 21 स्थानों पर संस्कृत संभाषण शिविरोंका आयोजन, सात दिन तक संस्कृत नाटकों और शास्त्रीय नृत्य का प्रदर्शन, संस्कृत वाद विवाद प्रतियोगिता |

    Visit Kalidas Academy website http://kalidasaakademi.nic.in/ for project information.


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