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Sanskrit — the Language of the Gods

In ancient India, one language arose before all others. With it, the Rishis first wrote down the beautiful poetry and profound knowledge of the Vedas, capturing the wisdom created along with the universe. The language they used was Sanskrit. People have been speaking and writing in Sanskrit for 3,500 years at least, and it is the chief liturgical language of Hinduism. It survives today, providing a powerful connection to the past and the best way for seekers to understand the full scope of India’s wisdom traditions.


The myth of its origins is an important way to understand just how important Sanskrit is, and why it has such a special place in the hearts of billions around the world. Lord Shiva, while in his dance and playing his damaru drum, created the letters of the Sanskrit alphabet. Each letter emerged with a beat of the drum, arriving fully formed into this world. This is in part why Sanskrit is also known as devavani, or language of the gods.


There is another reason why many Hindus believe Sanskrit to be not from human creation: the language is deeply systematic and survives in an impeccably unchanged form compared to our earliest known written records of it. The grammarian Pāṇini wrote down the rules and ways of this magnificent language about 2,500 years ago, and the sutras he composed remain relevant and accurate to this day.


For these reasons, not to mention the inherent beauty and poetry available through the language, people on every continent continue to study Sanskrit today. Many devout Hindus wish to read the Vedas and the wisdom of the mantra seers in the language they were composed in, not in translation.


That is why Exotic India makes available this impressive collection of books in Sanskrit. Here, you can begin to build your library of texts in the language of the gods.