Sanskrit Diwas.

Sanskrit Diwas(day)  was first observed  in the year 1969.

The day is celebrated to spread awareness  about the

mother of all Indian  languages and the first of the

ancient languages spoken in India. It is annually

observed on the  Shravana Purnima day (fullmoon day

in the month of Shravana as per Hindu calendar). The

main objective of  the observance of Sanskrit day is to

promote Sanskrit and to educate the  general public about

the importance of  Sanskrit. Sanskrit is a beautiful language.

It has enriched our society from time immemorial. Sanskrit

embodies the rich Indian  cultural heritage. It is the real key

to our past and helps  unravel the  myriad mysteries in our

ancient texts and of our religious-cultural traditions.Some of the

most valuable and instructive materials in the history of humans

are treasured up in the classical dialect of India, Sanskrit. Study of

Sanskrit, particularly  vedic Sanskrit is able to enlighten us and

illuminate the darkest passages in the history of human mind.

In recent studies, it has been found that  Sanskrit is the best

option for our computer programming. We cannot ignore the

contributions of  foreigners  in introducing the wealth of

informations  contained in Sanskrit literature into the world.

Sir William Jones arrived  in India, in September 1783,

as a judge of  the British Supreme Court of Judicature,

in Calcutta. He was an English philologist, scholar in

Sanskrit  and founder of Asian Society. He translated

”Abhijnana Shakuntala” and ”Ritu Samhara” ( dramas

written by  Sanskrit poet Kalidasa ) and ”Gita Govinda”

(written by poet Jayadeva) into English. He also translated

”Manusmriti”(laws of Manu) into English. Another scholar

Sir Charles Wilkins translated Bhagavadgita into English in

1785. Max Muller,  a German philologist and Orientalist,

translated Hitopadesha, a collection of Indian fables into

German.He  translated his name into Sanskrit as ”Moksha

(liberation) Muller Bhat(surname).It was to express his

veneration for Sanskrit and did not mean change of real

name or religion. He translated ”Meghaduta”(Kalidasa’s

drama, in Sanskrit) into German under the title of ”The Fatal Ring.”

”The Sacred Books of the East” is a monumental 50 volume set

of Asian religious writings, translated by various oriental scholars,

edited by Max Muller and published by the Oxford University Press

between 1879 and 1884.

Sanskrit not only deals with veda and upanishad . There was

full awareness of the Navagrahas(9 planets) including Rahu

and Ketu and Dhooma ketu (comet).They were also aware of concepts

such as planetary afflictions, medicine(Ayurveda) , surgery and

vimaana(flying objects).Maharshi Bharadhwaja wrote ”Yantra

Sarvaswa” and ”Vaimaanika shaastra”.Sushruta wrote ”Sushruta

Samhita” which discusses surgical techniques  such as incisions,

probing, extraction of foreign bodies etc.Sage Garga in his text

”Gargahora” has described astrology.Vedas contain the

names of the Nakshatras(stars), months and seasons.

Names of all the navagrahas(9 planets) find mention in

vedic corpus.



34 thoughts on “Sanskrit Diwas.

  1. Sanskrit Day today. So Sanskrit Day wishes to all of you very much. And keep saving your mother tongue.

    Because all languages ​​are created from Sanskrit, and the Sanskrit language will not. So the whole language will be over. And the languages ​​will not. What would the world of Dumb.

    Think about it.

  2. What is the name of this very day ? Is it National Sanskrit Day, or World Sanskrit Day, or simply, Sanskrit Day ? Where can I find the Central Govt. Order of 1969 regarding celebration of Sanskrit Day ?

    • Dear Sukhamoy Maji,Sanskrit Diwas was first celebrated in the year 1969
      on the day of Shravan Poornima. The Central Government recognized this day
      and notified the State Governments about its celebration.Please refer
      ‘In School-The Statesman’.The N.D.A. Government of Vajapayee ordered the
      celebration of Sanskrit Week in 2001 in the first week of August every year.
      Also refer”August 29 is celebrated as World Sanskrit Day-The Hindu”.
      Government of India established R S K S(Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan) in 1970,
      as an autonomous organization registered under the Societies Act for propagation
      and preservation of Sanskrit language and literatures and traditional shastras
      and to encourage the learning of Sanskrit all over the country and abroad.
      The sansthan is fully financed by Government of India and works as a vital
      agency of the central government of India in all policy matters related to
      Sanskrit language and culture.

  3. Thanks a lot for the valuable information.We celebrate it every year..We have received such an useful input.We shall incorporate these gems in our celebration

  4. सरला सरसा संस्कृत वाणी।
    जयति मंगला कल्याणी।।

  5. The language Sanskrit is famous for sankaara for which term in English renovation or re orientation about the old system to get some new thins as per the needs of time.Hence on this this day we all human being should try to accept Sanskrit for for self renovation so that we can be able to grasp the what is real and what is unreal.Because in this contemporary age it us a big challenge before the Human mind
    How to gain reality and without this knowledge the same is suffering time to time .

  6. Sanskrit is not a language but a movement itself. Keep informing us on this . Thanks a lot Hegde maam

    • Dear Dhananjay, I agree that Sanskrit is not a language but a movement.
      I have made an attempt in my article of the same name to inform the
      steps undertaken by the Indian Government to develop Sanskrit,
      since it’s foundation in 1947.

  7. As we known about our ancient language sanskrit. I’m telling you all that it’s name sanskrit has changed in SAMSKRIT.

    • Dear Govind,the language referred to as Samskrta was the cultural language
      used for religious and learned discourse in ancient India, in contrast to
      the language spoken by the people–prakrta-original, natural, normal and artless.

  8. sanskrita diwas mahotsav subhakankshaah aacharye! aham etat na janaami yat shravana poornima diwase eva kim ? iti.

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