By : Neha Dhyani
Updated : Jan 12, 2022, 16:52
Sanskrit is an ancient sacred language in India. Several books like the Rigveda were written in this language. It is said that the language belongs to the Indo Germanic or Indo-Aryan family of languages that are around 3500 years old. Panini, a Sanskrit linguist, wrote a grammar guide named the Ashtadhyayi (eight chapters). He was a beacon for the world in understanding spoken Sanskrit. The language is known to have no start and no end, making it divine and everlasting. It is also known as Dev Vani or the “language of Gods”.
World Sanskrit Day, Sanskrit Diwas, or Viswa-Samskrita- Dinam is celebrated on every full moon day of the Shraavana month as per the Hindu calendar. It was celebrated in 1969 for the first time, and the Education Government of India provided the directives for celebrating the day at the State and National levels. In 2021, World Sanskrit Day was celebrated on 22nd August.
Even though Sanskrit is India's most sacred and ancient language, it is not widely spoken. This has linked the language to the fear of extinction. World Sanskrit Day is celebrated to spread awareness and respect for India's most ancient language. It also aims to promote the revitalization of the language. In 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized popularizing and promoting the language by celebrating the day with a week-long celebration from 19th August to 25th August.
The Sanskrit language surely deserves a day for its celebration and promotion. The use of Sanskrit as a spoken language is declining, however, India is trying to revive it by celebrating World Sanskrit Day. Several other initiatives are underway to promote and revive the best language in the world.
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World Sanskrit Day is celebrated on every full moon of the Shraavana month of the Hindu calendar.
The village of Mattur in Karnataka speaks only in Sanskrit.
Panini, a Sanskrit linguist, wrote the Sanskrit grammar guide named the Ashtadhyayi (eight chapters).