Sanskrit popularly called "Dev Bhasha" or "Devavani"
(the language of the Gods) is a classical Indian language
still widely used in religious ceremonies by Indians. The
word Sanskrit, means "refined", "purified," or “cultured”.
This classical language of Hindus, is the oldest and the
most systematic language in the world. Like Latin in
Europe and elsewhere, Sanskrit has been used by the
educated classes in India for literary and
religious purposes for over two thousand years. This classical
Indian language, is also a liturgical language of Hinduism,
Buddhism, and Jainism, and enjoys the status of the official
language in India and Nepal as well. Sanskrit is classical
literary language of India and all ancient Indian
philosophical, religious and yogic scriptures were written in
Sanskrit. Hence, the knowledge of the Sanskrit language helps
to unleash countless secrets hidden in a myriad of these
Sanskrit is an Indo-European language belonging to the
Indo-Aryan subfamily. This ancient language has developed
through different stages. The earliest recognized phase of
Sanskrit language is called Vedic Sanskrit, dating back to
1700 BC. This stage is known as Vedic Sanskrit stage because
the most ancient scriptures of Hinduism, the Vedas were
written in this language.
The oldest known text in Sanskrit is the Rigveda which was
composed during the 2nd millennium BC and contains over a
thousand Hindu hymns.
The second stage known as Classical Sanskrit, developed from
Vedic Sanskrit and was in use around c.400 B.C. as a standard
court language. It became the literary vehicle of Hindu
culture and as such was employed until c.A.D.1100.In modern
days, Sanskrit is mostly used as a ceremonial language in
Hindu religious rituals in the forms of hymns and mantras but
it widely taught in schools and households throughout India,
as a second language.
Efforts are also being made to revive Sanskrit as an
everyday spoken language. An Indian village of Mattur near Shimoga in
Karnataka is adopting Sanskrit as everyday language.
Indian constitution has also recognized Sanskrit as one of the
official languages of the country because of its association
with the religion and literature of India.
Sanskrit is not only rich in literature but also it has rich
and vast vocabulary. The vastness and the versatility, and
power of expression of this language can be measured by the
fact that it has nearly 65 words to describe various forms of
earth, 67 words for water, and over 250 words to describe
rainfall. Saanskrit is commonly written in Devnagari script
though other scripts are also used like, Brahmi, Kharosthi,
Sharda, Siddham and Bengali and Latin as well. The most
commonly used system of writing Sanskrit is the International
Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration (IAST), which was been
the standard for academic work since 1912
Usage of Sanskrit :
Sanskrit enjoys almost similar status in India as Latin or
Greek holds in western practice. All the major scientific
discoveries and developments of India have acquired their
names from Sanskrit. The Indian guided missile program,
commenced in 1983 by DRDO has named its five missiles as
Prithvi, Agni, Akash, Nag and Trishul. India's first modern
fighter aircraft is also named Tejas means fire or light in
Sanskrit. The Indian Space Research Organization ISRO also
named all of its propulsion rockets after mythological
characters of Sanskrit literature. Sanskrit is also used as
background chorus in films, television advertisements and as
slogans for corporate organizations. Recently, Sanskrit has also marked its appearance in Western
pop music with two recordings by famous singer Madonna. Her
album "Ray of Light” released in 1998 had one Sanskrit number
named "Shanti/Ashtangi," and the second album, "Cyber-raga,"
released in 2000 had "Music" that is a Sanskrit-language ode
of devotion to a higher power and a wish for peace on earth.
Our Sanskrit Language Course:
We, at Indo Vacations have designed a special
course in Sanskrit Language Course that helps you to
learn this classical language.
While designing this course we have taken greatest care of the
fact, that this course is intended for people or students
whose belong to foreign countries and not familiar with
Sanskrit or Indian languages. This course has planned in
association with experienced instructors, who have expertise
in teaching foreign students. This course has planned with
enough flexibility in terms of duration that mainly depends on
the interest of student and the availability of trainer. This
course is an individual course, means you will get lessons by
a personal trainer. You are free to ask questions, take your
time at the exercises and practice the sentences as long as
you and your teachers are satisfied with the pronunciation.
Normally these classes run five days in a week with daily
sessions of 5 hours. The daily classes are divided in two
sessions pre lunch and post lunch session. However, the timing
can be rearranged by your trainer with your consent. Our
language program is an inclusive program that includes your
accommodation also. We normally arrange your accommodation
within 10 minute reaching time to your teacher. This will
facilitate better coordination between you and your trainer
and safe your time and money as well. For accommodation, we
provide you the different options; stay with an Indian family
or choose a guesthouse or pain guest accommodation. We
generally suggest you to stay with Indian family so that you
get better environment for learning the language and also get
a chance to experience the rich Indian culture and Indian way
of living. During your stay, you will be provided a personal
room with bath and WC, round the clock cold & warm water,
meals including breakfast, Lunch and dinner as well as Tea &
coffee, facilities for laundry, internet etc.
Our Sanskrit Language Course is available in all the major
cities of India. We would arrange your transfer from nearby
international Airport, if wished so, on nominal charges. We
could also plan tours for any destination in India and assist
you for every other travel tour services needed by you. For
any further information regarding Sanskrit Language Course or
travel tour services, do write us and give us a pleasure to
Language Courses - some additional Information !
We are offering
private language courses and normally these courses
are done by the hobby students from different countries.
There is no school and collage certificate is issued for
these short term language courses. Courses for the beginners
and advance learners are also organized. However you will
get a teaching certificate from your teacher about the
language lessons you have taken from her.
accommodate you with a small Indian family and you would be
provided a private room with batch and WC. The Room will be
air- cooled. We need to have some details about you with a
recent photograph to forward to the host family.
You will be
taught by an experienced private female teacher and
the classes will take only 10 min. from the place where you
will be staying. Classes are normally for five days in two
parts in total for five hours.
you will be taken care of by your teacher as well as by the
family you would stay with and we do not expect you be out
of the house in the late hours unless informed to the host
As this is a
private organized course you have the option of choosing
the time you would like to be here and we would check with
the teacher and confirm this by return to you.
Please also note
that most of the host families cook only vegetarian food in
India so only vegetarian food will be served during the
You would be
given the tel. numbers of the house as well as mobile of the
host family so that you can be reached by your family any
For any further
information Team of Indo Vacations will be glad to assist you.