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Vaman Sivaram Apte (1858-1892) is an author well known to Sanskrit students. In spite of the short span of his life, i. e. 34 years, Apte’s scholarly output was remarkable. His Guide to Sanskrit Composition (1881) and his Sanskrit Dictionaries for use in schools and colleges hold the foremost place among books of their kind, even after the lapse of close upon 125 years and claim the respect of every student of Sanskrit, by their monumental wealth of learning.

His works: –

1. The Practical Sanskrit-English Dictionary (1890).
2. The Students’ English-Sanskrit Dictionary (1884).
3. The Students’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary.
4. The Students’ Guide to Sanskrit Composition (1881).
5. The Students’ Hand-Book of Progressive Exercises, Part I and, II.
6. Kusuma-mala (1891).

The ‘Guide To Sanskrit Composition’ had become very popular and Apte himself revised the third edition of the book in 1890. Since then many more editions have been out. A short biographical sketch of VS Apte is available here.


Students Guide To Sanskrit Composition (English)

Samskrit Nibandh Path Pradarsak (Hindi)

39 Responses to “Students Guide To Sanskrit Composition (English & Hindi) – VS Apte”

  1. ramu says:

    Thanks a million.


  2. It is helpful for students

  3. Chandu says:

    By any chance – do you have the answer keys to the exercises? They would be very helpful.


  4. Suren says:


    I am not able to download it from the Mediafire link. Can you give me a rapidshare or hotfile link to download this?


  5. Murali says:

    I think there is a newer edition of Apte’s Sanskrit Composition. It is available at Digital Library of India.

    • bharateeya says:


      This too is from DLI only. I hope you are aware of copy right restrictions. Though a book is free from copyright restrictions, you cannot use its later editions (last 60 years) in the public domain. That is why I am sticking to older editions – before 1950.

      Anyway, thanks a lot for suggestions for improvement. Suggestions and criticisms from friends are invaluable and are always welcome.

      • Gagan Gupta says:

        I am so happy that you are consciously adhering to copyrights. Now I can freely download books from your website. Thank you!

  6. S says:

    Minor nitpick: the date is wrong. VS Apte was born in 1858, not 1848. (Also 1892-34=1858.)

  7. Parshuram Gokhale says:

    from where i can download the hindi version of Apte’s Students’ Guide to Sanskrit Composition

    • bharateeya says:


      You may download it from the 3rd link below the post. Hindi version of Apte’s Students’ Guide to Sanskrit Composition is titled “Samskrit Nibandh Path Pradarsak”.

  8. Satheesh Kumar says:

    Dear friends,
    would any one guide me a good point of start to learn Sanskrit. Please assume that i have Zero knowledge means i want to start from very basic level


  9. rajendra says:

    .pl help me 2 learn Sanskrit.thanks

  10. Mahendra Sapre says:

    Just as Sathish says, consider me zero. My mother tongue is Marathi but at the same time I know English well. In view of this please advise books to start self study of Sanskrut Language. Next target after learning the language is to read up Vedas and Puranas.

  11. aarti says:

    thanks , the best work to make others understanding the doubts.

  12. SATYASWAMY says:

    my honourable salute (namaskar) to respected author

  13. manoj kumar purohit says:

    bharateeya ji,
    please link the sanskrit alankar with hindi translate in pdf

  14. Ashutosh says:

    Hi, the scanning of ‘Sanskrit nibandh path pradarshak’ is not good, I have taken out prints of the whole book but reading it is very difficult. Can u please direct me as to where can I find a new edition of that book(ebook of hardcopy)..

    • bharateeya says:


      I have not come across a better quality scan of this book, nor do I have any idea about the availability of it in print.

  15. Ashutosh says:

    Typo, its ebook oR hardcopy …

  16. anantraj says:

    good for students as well as teacher

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  18. E.S. Jagadeeshwar says:

    Thank you for your valuble links. I asked my friends to share these with other friends to promote Sanskrit.

  19. Bhanu Pratap says:

    Bharateeya Ji, I can’t download the file from Download link 1 ans the Hindi Nibandh. If you have any other link, please forward.

    • bharateeya says:

      Bhanu Pratap, Links 1 is same as link 2. There is no need to download both. Anyway, I have removed the first link which was not working. I have added a new link for the Hindi version of Apte’s Guide to Sanskrit Composition.

  20. M.PERIASWAMI says:


  21. SNEHA says:

    THANKS A LOTS for your helps .

  22. Naga Rama Brahmayya says:

    I want to learn Sanskrit through telugu. Any free e books

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  24. K R Rajeswar.Rao says:

    Where do I get the books of vs apte

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