On World Sanskrit Day, here are some facts about this ancient Indian language you should share with your child.
By Jasmine Kaur
"The very sound of the Sanskrit is musical" - Swami Vivekananda
Often known as the ‘language of Gods’, Sanskrit is inseparable from Indian culture and history. The word Sanskrit comes from samskrtam, which means ‘put together’ or ‘perfected’. Sanskrit Day, also known as Sanskrit Diwas, has been celebrated since 1969. It is celebrated every year on shraavana purnima, which is the full moon night of the fifth month of the Hindu calendar, shraavana. This year, the World Sanskrit Day will be celebrated on 26 August.
Sanskrit Diwas is commemorated to revive the interest of the world in Sanskrit and make everyone aware of it's historical significance. However, outside religious and academic circles, the use of Sanskrit as a medium of communication or study has seen a rapid decline over the years.
To help your children understand and connect with their rich cultural heritage and revive their interest in this ancient language, share with them these interesting facts about Sanskrit:
Sanskrit has been a significant part of India's rich cultural and linguistic history. It is the foundation on which many Indian languages are based and is used for all Hindu religious ceremonies, even today. Share these interesting facts about Sanskrit with your child and help her understand why learning this language is important today.
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