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Sanskrit is an Indo-Aryan language which was spoken in the Indian subcontinent in ancient times, and continues to be widely used for liturgical purposes.


Sanskrit is today written mainly in the Devanagari script, but has historically been written in a number of different scripts. Most early inscriptions and some early manuscripts are in a form of either the Brahmi or Kharoshti scripts. Amongst the many scripts used in later manuscripts, the most important are the Nagari (an earlier form of the modern Devanagari), the Grantha, the Sarada, and the Modi.

Modern scripts[edit]

The phrase "May Śiva bless those who take delight in the language of the gods" written in Sanskrit, in a variety of modern Indian scripts

The grantha script[edit]

Grantha consonants.