25 Amazing Facts About Sanskrit

  1. Sanskrit is the oldest language known to humanity. It is the oldest, most technical, systematic language in the world.
  2. Sanskrit was the speaking language of ancient India and has amazingly survived ages and is still in original form.
  3. The word “Sanskrit’ is a combination of two words – “Sanskar’ and “Krit’; “Krit’ meaning “Inculcating’ and “Sanskar’ meaning “Essence of Moral Values’. Thus Sanskrit means a language that has the capacity to indoctrinate higher values in an individual.
  4. The Sanskrit vocabulary uses 49 sounds, generated from five distinct areas of the mouth, allowing phonetic accuracy. Amazingly every Sanskrit letter has a precise sound in any word it is used in, all the time.
  5. Fact is Sanskrit is known to be the mother of all languages of the world. Nearly(97%) of all languages have been directly or indirectly influenced by this language.
  6. As early as the sixth century B.C. Panini wrote his famous  grammar on the Sanskrit language amazingly followed as a standard authority even today.
  7. Amazing fact is Sanskrit language has never had any dialect and in every age it has always remained the same.
  8. Sanskrit has the perfection of the pronunciation and the uniqueness of the grammar that has remained the same in all the ages . It is the most perfect language of the world.
  9. Sanskrit is the best language for use in the computers.
  10. Sanskrit has an amazing wealth of words and synonyms to give a great versatility . It has in fact over 70 words for water while English has just got one. Even elephant has amazing 100 names in Sanskrit each with specific meaning.
  11. Amazingly Sanskrit language has over 122 words for the action to go each with specific  meaning.
  12. NASA contains over 60,000 manuscripts of palm leaf with them written in Sanskrit under research and study for the various underlying ancient technologies in it.
  13. Sanskrit language and literature is the greatest treasure and finest heritage from India.
  14. It is the best language available in the world for translation purpose.
  15. There is a report given by a Nasa scientist which says that USA is creating the 6th and 7th generation Super Computers based on the samskrit language for the 6th and 7 th generation computers.
  16. 17 countries in the world have a University or more to study about Sanskrit but amazinglythere is not a single university dedicated to samskrit for its real study in India.
  17. Sanskrit is the scholarly language of 3 major World religions – Hinduism, Buddhism (along with Pali) and Jainism .
  18. The Indian state of Uttarakhand in fact uses Sanskrit as their official language.
  19. Sanskrit is the most scientific and most matured language which has been refined and sculpted to perfection.
  20. The world’s greatest ancient creations Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagwad Geeta, AyurVeda, Purana, Mahabharat, and Ramayan , all are in Sanskrit. The oldest texts in Sanskrit (the Vedas) are among the oldest in the world.
  21. Sanskritic culture had an amazing reluctance towards writing  and these were orally preserved for generations in unchanged  form years before they appeared in written form. It is believed that Vedas were composed around 1500 BC but they were not set down in writing until probably the Gupta period ( 5th century A.D.) which makes some 2000 years.
  22. Despite the initial reluctance to writing, the proliferation of works continued on a very diverse range of topics  with the result that there are an estimated over 30 million Sanskrit manuscripts today with a conservative estimate of 7 million in India itself. Infact there are more manuscripts in Sanskrit than in Latin and Greek put together many times.
  23. Sanskrit did not have a “default” script (like Devanagari- Hindi) until very recently  ( < 200 years ). It was written by everyone in the regional script of their region, in over two dozen scripts. This may make it the language that has been written in the most number of scripts.
  24. There exist many villages in India where everyone speaks Sanskrit. Mathur/Mattur, a village 10 kms from Shimoga speaks Sanskrit on daily basis.
  25. Amazing fact is that even a Sanskrit daily newspaper exists!  Sudharma, published out of Mysore India , has been running since 1970 and is now available online as an e-paper (sudharma.epapertoday.com)!