We remember the days in school from 5th to 8th grade when this language as subject and we all dreaded it. It was difficult as well as useless, is what we all thought. But in reality, Sanskrit is pretty interesting and important. Don’t believe me? Keep on reading and you will.
So, Sanskrit is a language of ancient India with a documented history of nearly 3,500 years. It is currently Natively spoken by about 15 thousand people, it is the primary liturgical language of Hinduism; the predominant language of most works of Hindu philosophy as well as some of the principal texts of Buddhism and Jainism. In the early 1st millennium CE, along with Buddhism and Hinduism, Sanskrit migrated to Southeast Asia. parts of East Asia and Central Asia, emerging as a language of high culture and of local ruling elites in these regions. The writing system of the language is Brahmi Script and it is currently the official language of Uttarakhand.
Ever wondered if it is the oldest language ever, it can be. We can’t say for sure. But we know that Sanskrit, meaning ‘perfected’ or ‘refined’, is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, of of all attested human languages. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European family. The oldest form of Sanskrit is Vedic Sanskrit that dates back to the 2nd millennium BCE. Pretty old. Pretty ancient!
Well if you are wondering if Adam and eve spoke it? then you will be disappointed. They spoke Hebrew not Sanskrit, as per research. But, Sanskrit is a classical language, which is still used as a religious and ceremonial language, and as a spoken language to some extent.
If this wasn’t enough motivation to learn the language… then these fun facts will surely elicit some curiosity.
- Sanskrit is utilised for improving speech therapy. It boosts concentration in the areas of mathematics and English.
- Sanskrit is the most computer friendly language according to Forbes.
- 1.4 universities in Germany offer Sanskrit as a language. Germany is struggling to cope up with high demand for the langauge.
Readers, lets go ahead and make it mother of language is known language. Because it is part of the rich heritage and culture we Indians are blessed with and it should not let it go in waste.