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“Laghu Paniniyam”  is a brief introduction to classical Sanskrit grammar, on the lines of Panini. In this text the more important sutras of Ashtadhyayi are so arranged as to bring together the relevant sutras bearing on a particular topic. The author exaplainsin his preface, what motivated him to write this book – “it has always struck me, if it were possible to prepare an elementary grammar, in Sanskrit itself, on the basis of Panini’s unmatched aphorisms, simplifying his principles and interpreting them in accordance with modern tendencies so as to form an introduction to Panini, and to the ordinary classical literature generally, the attempt would be worth-making.”

The author, A R Rajaraja Varma (1863 -1918), is well known as Kerala Panini (the Panini of Kerala). He was given this title considering his contributions for systematising the grammar of Malayalam language.


16 Responses to “Laghu Paniniyam of A. R. Rajaraja Varma”

  1. madhav bharadwaj says:

    thank you for making available this valuable work

  2. Hiralal says:

    This is even better than laghuu siddhant kaumudi. Hats off for getting this.

  3. anil manavi says:

    excellent ! I was looking for such site .

  4. I am very interested in ancient Sanskrit books .
    You have provided amble books for me through my iPad .
    This is a funny way to those who are thirsty in reading .
    I am grateful to you truly and honestly .

  5. narayana says:


  6. Anand says:

    Thanks .

  7. Innamburan says:

    Enchanting is the word. I had kept and then gave away many editions of Bhandarkar. I can now get them and all the jewels in the Crown. I motivated to learn to type Devanagari Script. DhanyOsmi.

  8. k.sitaram says:


  9. Sorry to say but this book is not getting downloaded. It is showing following error.

    Invalid or Deleted File.
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    PLease give us another link !


  10. A much needed internet support for pg and post pg Malayalam students 2who are away from Kerala.

  11. Arun says:

    This is a more readable copy of the same book than provided in the above link. The copy in the link provided in the page above is of poor resolution where most the visargas and anusvaras are missing.


    Meanwhile, I used the Covid19 lockdown to type part of the book (Till sandhi prakaranam). I’m yet to proof-read it. If any of you can proof read the same and leave corrections as comments, will correct the same.


    Thank you.

    • bharateeya says:

      As you can guess, the good quality scan of laghupaniniya you pointed is a recent one and was not available at the time of this post in 2010. Now that Sanskrit community is aware of the vast collection of Sanskrit books at archive.org, it is not worth spending time in editing the download link. I believe this post has served its purpose.

      Saw the typed text of LP. I hope you may be aware of Google OCR using which you could have done OCR of the book and then proof-read it. You may post a request at Samskrita Google group or similar groups in FB for getting volunteers to help in proof-reading.

    • Karthik says:

      Arun mahodaya can you post it in GitHub or other place so that even i am interested in contributing to this.

  12. Usmangani Bagawan says:

    Laghu paniniyam if it can be
    Found in translation in English or Hindi. I would be happy to know.
    Thanking you

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