Precise Sanskrit translations
Sanskrit is an umbrella term denoting various old Indian languages. The oldest written form of Sanskrit is in the Vedas, the holy book of Hinduism. These texts were created more than 1,000 years before Christ.
Sanskrit is the language of the Brahmin, the highest caste group in the Indian caste system. It was mostly written using Devanagari script, the common Indian alphabetic script.
Classical Sanskrit contains 48 different phonemes, while the older Vedic Sanskrit has 49. Some Indian people still speak Sanskrit as their mother tongue to this day. In India, church services, wedding ceremonies, and funerals are still held in Sanskrit. This language holds the key to the culture and society of the South Asian region.
Sanskrit in modern India
The importance of Sanskrit to religious Indian people can be compared to that of Latin to the European theologians or Hebrew to Jewish rabbis. India's most important religious, scientific, and philosophical texts are written in Sanskrit.
Although Sanskrit is hardly spoken in modern India, 6,000 of the country’s people named it as their native language in a survey conducted at the end of the 20th century. Nearly 200,000 Indian people still speak Sanskrit as a second language.
Efforts are being made in India to keep the language alive. There are Sanskrit language newspapers and radio stations. In many schools, Sanskrit is at least taught as a third language after Hindi and English.
The history of Sanskrit
Sanskrit is the oldest variant of the Indo-Aryan languages. All modern languages spoken on the Indian subcontinent developed it. These modern spinoffs include Romani, Hindi-Urdu, Kashmiri, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, and Nepalese.
In contrast to the colloquial Prakrit, Sanskrit has always been considered a purer and holier language. At first, many Sanskrit texts were passed down orally with centuries passing before it even partially began to be written down.
The first Sanskrit grammar was recorded at some point in the 5th century B.C. by Panini.
The relationship of Sanskrit to other languages
Sanskrit is related to all languages of the Indo-European language family. Relationships also exist with Latin and Greek. For example, the Latin word for God, "deus," corresponds to the Sanskrit word for God, which is "deva."
The noticeable similarity between Sanskrit, Latin, and Greek was first discovered during the colonization of India after incoming Europeans began to translate classical Indian literature.
Sanskrit derived loanwords can also be found in the English language. Examples include: avatar, guru, jungle, karma, mantra, and yoga.
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