Sanskrit texts and resources

Monier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary, 2008 revision. Must-have!

!!! Excited by this Russian site – I was googling use of the voactive and came across this site dedicated to Aurobindo and The Mother specifically this link – once back at the home page I could not navigate my way back to it again – please let me know if you can unravel the pathway!

It has PDF files and Audio of the Bhagavad Gita (Devanagari, transliteration and translation to English) and Rig Veda in the Materials section.

I shall explore some more! :)

Sanskrit Dictionary – Spoken Sanskrit (Germany)

Spoken Sanskrit - Germany
dictionary, transliteration tools and sandhi tools

This site has some handy tools for the learner

  • A Devanagari Trainer that allows the user to form sanskrit words from the thre supported roman text formats it supports. Good training indeed!
  • Sandhi Trainer  that teaches and reinforces the combination of sounds in sanskrit (written and spoken) – an essential.

The whole 18 Chapters of the Bhagavad Gita, verse by verse.  A very useful resource as it has:

  • the Sanskrit text (in Devanagari script),
  • a transliteration of the script – the words rendered as they sound in Sanskrit, in roman alphabet
  • a glossary of words in the verse and their meaning
  • a translation of the verse

Following are ‘purports’ or explanations of the meaning of each verse, by the Acaryas in this line of diciplic succession.

Freely downloadable, carefully edited Vedic Sanskrit texts including the Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda. Other Sanskrit documents (Reverse Dictionaries, etc.), Sanskrit Fonts – Transliteration and Devanagari Fonts for Sanskrit, Fonts and Technical Manuals for Itranslator.

Sanskrit Documents in Devanagari text and transliterated into roman (English) equivalent.  Also on this site:

  • Online Sanskrit Dictionary;
  • Sanskrit Tutorials;
  • Sanskrit pronunciation guides;
  • Software for learning Sanskrit;
  • Software for creating documents in Devanagari & Roman formats; and
  • A web-interface which enables you to generate display in Devanagari script.

  • This site contains a wide variety of Sanskrit texts and stotras in printable .pdf format
  • Most of the texts are in Devanagari script, some with English translation.
  • Some texts are also encoded in roman alphabet transliteration

  • A complete wikisource of the original work by William Dwight Whitney. It dates from 1879, quite recent compared with the Indian Grammars!
  • This is the Grammar I originally learnt from. Quite thorough!

  • Translations of the major and most influential Hindu Sriptures at Sacred Texts.
    well worth looking at.
    Note: Many (most) of these translations date to the 19th Century, so the language may have a stilted or over-exaggerated and old-fashioned feel. This may be due to European cultural expectations and the scholars being grounded in ancient Greek and Latin.
  • Sanskrit is a very deep and complex language. Vedic Sanskrit can be extrodinarily active and virile in expression. I think it should be expressed as simply and directly as possible, where possible! :)

The Mother India Web Site

The Mother India

Sanskrit is alive and well at The Mother India site! Daily blogs about sanskrit, Sanskrit tidbits, lessons, resources. Reporting Present, Reviving Past and Nurturing Future is their mission – Sanskrit learning foremost! Sign up, sign in and check the forums for some excellent learning – verse by verse.

Sanskrit at St James – London, UK

Sanskrit at St James Schools, London, UK

For School age students in UK Sanskrit at St James Schools

One of the founding principles of the St James Schools was that the teaching of language was to be based on Sanskrit, which serves as a medium by which the cultures of East and West are shared and explored. Sanskrit is taught to all Junior School pupils. In the Senior Schools many pupils take the option of continuing with Sanskrit up to GCSE, AS and A Level, following which some students pursue the subject at university.

Ancient Sanskrit Online at the University of Texas

I don’t yet know what to think of this resource – Produced by personnel (students?) at the Linguistics Research Centre, University of Texas.

I rather wished they had referred to their subject matter as Vedic Sanskrit.  A nice body of lessons and reference materials, but it seems the authors of this resource were working in intellectual isolation from other Sanskrit scholars. Nevertheless, a worthwhile effort. A good start perhaps for a student with some knowledge of Classical sanskrit who wants to extend their skills and expand their mind with Vedic literature.

And not to forget Wikipedia! There are loose ends – there always will be! But this body of Knowledge is very comprehensive and concise, where possible. :)

Sanskrit at Wikipedia

I invite you to contribute resources to this list – please contact me by leaving a comment below.



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