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This 2 volume set is an introductory text to Sanskrit grammar & literature. The author has included the cream of Sanskrit literature in every lesson so as to elevate the mind of the students to a high plane of morality and devotion and inspire it with a spirit of respect and reverence for all that […]

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English translation of Swapnavasavadattam (The dream of Vasavadatta), a Sanskrit drama of six acts written by the ancient Indian poet Bhasa (3rd Century BCE). It is based on the Brihatakatha of Gunadhya and is referred to in the Mahabharata. Bhasa stands preeminent for the boldness of his conception, insight into character and for his homely […]

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Niti-Sara is a collection of Subhashitas from Sanskrit literature. The Subhashitas are Sanskrit verses that are full of wit and wisdom. Neeti or Niti is art of doing the right action at right time and place. This booklet is an English translation of a small booklet in Malayalam which has been in use in Kerala […]

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Yaksha Prasna is an episode taken from Mahabharata. It is a dialogue between Yudhishthira and Yama, the lord of Death who disguises as a Yaksha. In this Yudhishthira gives amazing and enlightening answers to very difficult questions asked by Yama. During the time when the Pandavas were living in the forest, a deer took away […]

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A Primer of Sanskrit Conversation authored by Swami Dayananda Saraswati (1824-’83), the founder of Aryasamaj, with a view to popularise Sanskrit. The author has provided simple sentences in Sanskrit which can be used by the students in various situations in life. For instance, there are sets of sentences meant to be used at home, school, […]

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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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