A language said to be spoken by Gods in Hinduism, Sanskrit is a fascinating language. It is one of the most ancient languages in the world but that’s not all that is to Sanskrit.
There are some unknown, yet amazing facts about Sanskrit the language that everyone should know about.
1. The oldest language in the world
With a recorded history going back to 3,500 years, Sanskrit is believed to be one of the oldest languages in the world still in existence.
The Vedas, oldest extant texts in any language, were written in Sanskrit. The earliest form of Sanskrit language was Vedic Sanskrit that came approximately around 1500B.C, a period when knowledge was imparted orally through generations.
2. Best language for algorithms and computers
An old, yet, a highly technical, systematic language of the world. Following
It is considered to be very efficient in making algorithms.
3. A highly versatile language
You can say something in least amount of words in Sanskrit in comparison to the most modern languages of the world.
One of the reasons is also that Sanskrit has the largest number of synonyms for each word each with specific meaning. For instance, a simple word like the elephant has about a hundred synonyms. English has only one word for love, Sanskrit has 96.
Sanskrit has an amazing treasure of words and their synonyms to give great versatility. It has in fact over 70 words for water where English has just got one. Amazingly the Sanskrit language has over 122 words for the action to go each with the specific meaning
4. A language of future not past
A total of 17 countries including the US have Universities that are dedicated completely to Sanskrit and their sole purpose is research on the subject.
There is a separate department in NASA as well to conduct research on the language of Sanskrit. With all that research, Sanskrit might really be the future.
5. Phonetically accurate
Sanskrit is perhaps the most accurate language phonetically and otherwise.
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.
6. The only clear language in the world
According to NASA, Sanskrit is the only unambiguous language in the world. It means that it is the only language that is not open to more than one interpretation of something.
In every other language the same sentence can be interpreted in many different ways.
The context, way you speak and body language
7. The Mother of all languages in the world
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.
8. Increases brain power
Sanskrit has also been proven to help in speech therapy. Research suggests that learning the language improves brain functioning and students improve academically.
hey get better marks in subjects like Mathematics and Science which some people find difficult. It is because Sanskrit enhances memory power and concentration.
9. A British School Makes Sanskrit Compulsory
James Junior School in London has made Sanskrit compulsory. Students of this school are among the toppers in various fields and worldwide exams year after year.
Some schools in Ireland also have made Sanskrit compulsory.
10. Sanskrit speaking villages
We all know how ancient the language of Sanskrit is. However, there are still many villages in India where Sanskrit is still the primary language of communication.
The villagers also insist the visitors converse in Sanskrit with them. Banter, greetings, quarrels on the streets, teaching – it’s all in Sanskrit here.
11. Official language of Uttarakhand State of India
Sanskrit is the 2nd official language of Uttarakhand despite the fact that not even 1% of population can speak the language.
12. Sanskrit Newspapers and Radios
Not many people know this interesting fact that Sanskrit daily news and newspapers exist even today.
It is the language of more than 90 weeklies, fortnightlies, and quarterlies published across India.
Gujarat started publishing Vartman Patram and Vishwasya Vrittantam five years back and an all India Radio has been broadcasting daily news in Sanskrit once a day since the year 1974.
‘Sudharma’, the newspaper is published out of Mysore, a historic city in Karnataka, India.
It has been running since 1970 and is now available online as an e-paper. You can read the Sanskrit
13. The Language of the Gods
Sanskrit was considered as ‘DEV BHASHA’ or ‘DEVAVANI’, the Language of the Gods by ancient Indians. The script is called DEVNAGARI which means used in the cities of the Gods.
It was believed to have been generated by the god Brahma who passed it to the Rishis (sages) living in celestial abodes, who then communicated the same to their earthly disciples from where it spread on earth.
14. Decline of Sanskrit
The decline of Sanskrit started around 13th-century.This coincides with the beginning of Islamic invasions of the Indian subcontinent to create, thereafter expand the Muslim rule in the form of Sultanates and later the Mughal Empire.
With the fall of Kashmir around the 13th-century, a premier center of Sanskrit literary creativity, Sanskrit literature there disappeared, perhaps in the “fires that periodically engulfed the capital of Kashmir” or the “Mongol invasion of 1320”.
15. First language of only a few
In the 2011 census, 24,821 Indians said that Sanskrit was their primary language, which is less than 0.01 per cent of the entire Indian population.