World Sanskrit Day or Sanskrit Diwas is also identified as Viswa Samskrita Dinam. It is marked on Shraavana Poornima, which is the Poornima day on the whole moon day during the month of Shravana as per the Hindu calendar.
This year Sanskrit Day comes on Sunday, 22 August. In 2020 it was celebrated on 3 August.
Sanskrit was listed as the second official language of Uttarakhand. The language has the most extensive vocabulary of around 102 Arab 78 crores 50 lakh words.
Sanskrit Diwas/World Sanskrit Day history
Sanskrit Diwas was first celebrated in 1969. It is honoured to spread awareness, promote and restore the ancient India Language. It connects the vibrant culture of India.
Sanskrit Diwas includes various events and full-day seminars discussing the value of the Sanskrit language, its impact, and developing this wonderful language.
In Hindu culture, puja and mantras are recited in Sanskrit, and the language is thought to have begun in India about 3500 years ago.
The Sanskrit is also termed Dev Vani, which means God’s Language. The language is determined back to the 2nd millennium BCE when the Rig Veda, a hymns set, is believed to have been composed.
Sanskrit Diwas significance
The day typically speaks of the value of learning and understanding it. Sanskrit is the mother of all Indian languages and the greatest among the early languages spoken in India. Sanskrit is the most computer-familiar language.
- There are fifty letters in the language, of which the initial 16 are vowels, and the rest 34 are consonants.
- Sanskrit has an arranged grammatical structure. Even the consonants and vowels are provided in a scientific pattern. It is stated that a person can express themselves in Sanskrit in one word only.
- In Karnataka, there is a village where all talks are in Sanskrit. The name of the hamlet is Mattur in the Shimoga area.
- Sanskrit is declared an official language of Uttarakhand.
- In classical music – that is in Hindustani and Carnatic – Sanskrit is used.
- A Sudharma Sanskrit daily, which has an online version also, is issued from Karnataka.
Sanskrit Diwas is celebrated throughout the nation in all the colleges and schools that work from the national to the state and district levels.
During this event, celebrations of Sanskrit Kavi Sammelan, the speech of students, writer’s seminar, and recitation competition, etc., are arranged.
The scholars of Sanskrit are invited, and students acquire knowledge of the Vedic Language. Numerous cultural programs, workshops, and seminars are organized on this occasion.
Various students write “Sanskrit quotes of the day” and share them with others to admire them.
List of Sanskrit Universities in India
- Sampurnanand University (Varanasi)
- Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University (Darbhanga)
- Shri Jagannath Sanskrit University (Puri)
- Tirupati National (Tirupati)
- Shri Lal Ahir Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth (Delhi)
- Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University (Ramtarak)
- Jagguru Ramanandacharya Rajasthan Sanskrit University National Institute, New Delhi
- Karnataka Sanskrit University (Bangalore)
- Sri Somnath Sanskrit University (Junagarh)
- Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University (Faizabad)
- Gurukul Kang University (Haridwar)
- Kumar Bhaskar Varma Sanskrit and Archaic University
There was a period when Sanskrit was the most spoken language in the country, and now merely 1% of Indians practice the language in puja and slokas, etc.
Not only this, Vedas, ancient texts, Puranas, etc were written in Sanskrit itself. Today, the language that used to be named the mother of each language is counted among the least spoken.
While multiple languages were born in Sanskrit, we began learning another language with the help of this. Today, the value of the same language means nothing to us.