Welcome to SAMSKRUTAM Studies
Sanskrit is the core of our Bhaaratiya (Indian) culture and knowledge. It has played
the major role in everything we have today as our knowledge, culture, and
values. All our major works like Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Shrimad
Bhagvad Gita, etc., are composed and written in Sanskrit. It is doubtless and
well accepted that all these teachings are unparalleled with any other teaching in the
world and will remain so.
Sanskrit language has been with us for over 10,000 years. It has been our spoken language
for thousands of years. This itself tells us how important is Sanskrit to our values and
how important it is for us to keep Sanskrit as one of
our main-stream language. Without the knowledge of Sanskrit, as a language, we will not
be able to truly appreciate and understand the literature we have. Let us bring Sanskrit back to our daily life. It is
possible only when we start speaking Sanskrit the way we speak any other language.
Our aim is to give a good starting point for learning and knowing Sanskrit. We have different sections on literature, grammar, book references,
stories, online dictionary, online test and crossword puzzles.
This will give a good start in learning and using Sanskrit and much more.
At the same time we are also trying to bring together existing important resources
on Sanskrit. In India and abroad many good initiatives for promoting Sanskrit are going on
by different organisations and institutes. But, the challenge is that most of them operate
independently (which has its merits). However, for anyone interested in Sanskrit
sometimes it becomes an impossible task to identify such initiatives and resources.
In this web site in the resources
section we have maintained well categorised details of different organisations,
schools, and universities promoting Sanskrit. A list of different Sanskrit authoring
tools, web sites and book publishers is also available. This will be a good
reference point for different Sanskrit initiatives.
The online collaborative features -
article journal, and
discussion forum - in the website are envisaged to be the platform
where all can come together, study Sanskrit & Indology subjects, as well as
share their knowledge in building the platform.
We are maintaining the contents in both English and Devnagari scripts. Some of the useful
English contents are available in Sanskrit
using Devnagri scripts. To read the Devnagari
version anytime click on the संस्कृत link
on the top, and you will be taken to the starting page of Devnagari contents.
Browser should automatically display the Devnagari script properly. However if it
does not, then to view Devnagari script contents, install Devnagari script on your
computer using Sanskrit2003
font. If your computer does not have the font please download it and install. You
will be able to read the Sanskrit contents. Help (?)
section has more details.
In some of the pages (dictionary, discussion forum etc) you can enter Sanskrit scripts.
For this you can use our
page to generate Devanagari script from ITRANS text input. Alternatively, you can install some editor software on your computer, through which you can type-in
Devnagri scripts. For our web site we use Akshramala.
A free version is available from code.google.com/p/aksharamala/
website of Akshramala. You can install it and start using it.