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English Prose Translation of Dasakkumara Charitam (The Adventures of Ten Princes) authored by renowned Sanskrit poet Dandi. The Daśakumāracarita relates the adventures of ten princes in their pursuit of love and royal power. It contains stories of common life and reflects a faithful picture of Indian society during the period couched in the colourful style […]

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Regarded as one of the earliest Indian plays written in Sanskrit, Mricchakatika (The Little Clay Cart) is a Sanskrit play written by Shudraka in the 2nd century BCE. The main story is about a young man named Charudatta of Pataliputra (Patna), and his love for Vasantasena, a rich courtesan or nagarvadhu. The love affair is […]

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English Prose Translation of Malavikagnimitram, the first play composed by the great poet Kalidasa. Often it is called Kalidasa Malavikagnimitram, as an honor to Kalidasa. This beautiful play of intrigue grips its readers and keeps them glued till the very end. The plot of the play is cleverly constructed and it revolves around the King […]

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English Prose Translation of “Abhijnaana Saakuntalam of Kalidasa” by Sir Monier Williams (1819–1899). The term Shakuntala means one who is brought up by birds (Shakun). There are references stating that Shakuntala was found by Rishi Kanva in forest as a baby surrounded by or as some believe being fed by birds, after being left by […]

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A complete English translation of Panchatantra – A vivid retelling of India’s most famous collection of fables. According to Indian tradition, the Panchatantra was written around 200 BCE by Pandit Vishnu Sarma, a sage. However, based as it is on older oral traditions, its antecedents among storytellers probably hark back to the origins of language. […]

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The Vedic Literature Collection at Maharshi University of Management site is perhaps the largest collection of Hindu scriptures available on the world wide web. This collection comprises of more than 300 Hindu scriptures with original Sanskrit texts (there is no translation) in pdf format. Since almost all the texts are digitized, the whole collection is […]

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A Complete introduction to Panini Sutras for the use of beginners. Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi is a text in which Panini Sutras are so rearranged as to bring together the relevant sutras bearing on a particular topic. The present book is an English translation of Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi together with comments, references and index. The book […]

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A 405-page reader with 106 pages of Devanagari text from Vedic, epic, didactic and story literature, and from works on ritual and law. Although flawed by its orientalist lack of both sympathy for, and intimate knowledge of, the culture which gave rise to these texts, it is currently the only Sanskrit reader of its caliber. […]

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Complete introduction to Sanskrit Grammar in 33 lessons in English as well as Hindi. The author of this book, JR Ballantyne, was an eminent indologist who has authored books on Sanskrit Grammar, Sanskrit Literature and various schools of Indian Philosophy. This book is bound to cater to the need of wider range of readers since […]

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A Sanskrit Primer by ED Perry, first published in 1885, provides a complete introduction to the Sanskrit language and is tailored specifically for the use of English-speaking students. Its lessons include explanations of the Devanagari alphabet, the Sanskrit sound system, spelling and pronunciation rules, declension, parts of speech, conjugations and syntactical rules. A full glossary […]

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