Learn Sanskrit in India
Sanskrit Language - Sanskrit popularly called "Dev Bhasha" or "Devavani" (the language of the Gods) is a classical Indian language still widely used in religious ceremonies by Indians. The word Sanskrit, means "refined", "purified," or "cultured". This classical language of Hindus, is the oldest and the most systematic language in the world. Like Latin in Europe and elsewhere, Sanskrit has been used by the educated classes in India for literary and religious purposes for over two thousand years. This classical Indian language, is also a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and enjoys the status of the official language in India and Nepal as well. Sanskrit is classical literary language of India and all ancient Indian philosophical, religious and yogic scriptures were written in Sanskrit. Hence, the knowledge of the Sanskrit language helps to unleash countless secrets hidden in a myriad of these scriptures.
Sanskrit is an Indo-European language belonging to the Indo-Aryan subfamily. This ancient language has developed through different stages. The earliest recognized phase of Sanskrit language is called Vedic Sanskrit, dating back to 1700 BC. This stage is known as Vedic Sanskrit stage because the most ancient scriptures of Hinduism, the Vedas were written in this language. The oldest known text in Sanskrit is the Rigveda which was composed during the 2nd millennium BC and contains over a thousand Hindu hymns. The second stage known as Classical Sanskrit, developed from Vedic Sanskrit and was in use around c.400 B.C. as a standard court language. It became the literary vehicle of Hindu culture and as such was employed until c.A.D.1100.In modern days, Sanskrit is mostly used as a ceremonial language in Hindu religious rituals in the forms of hymns and mantras but it widely taught in schools and households throughout India, as a second language.
Efforts are also being made to revive Sanskrit as an everyday spoken language.An Indian village of Mattur near Shimoga in Karnataka is adopting Sanskrit as everyday language. Indian constitution has also recognized Sanskrit as one of the official languages of the country because of its association with the religion and literature of India. Sanskrit is not only rich in literature but also it has rich and vast vocabulary. The vastness and the versatility, and power of expression of this language can be measured by the fact that it has nearly 65 words to describe various forms of earth, 67 words for water, and over 250 words to describe rainfall. Sanskrit is commonly written in Devnagari script though other scripts are also used like, Brahmi, Kharosthi, Sharda, Siddham and Bengali and Latin as well. The most commonly used system of writing Sanskrit is the International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration (IAST), which was been the standard for academic work since 1912.
Sanskrit enjoys almost similar status in India as Latin or Greek holds in western practice. All the major scientific discoveries and developments of India have acquired their names from Sanskrit. The Indian guided missile program, commenced in 1983 by DRDO has named its five missiles as Prithvi, Agni, Akash, Nag and Trishul. India's first modern fighter aircraft is also named Tejas means fire or light in Sanskrit. The Indian Space Research Organization ISRO also named all of its propulsion rockets after mythological characters of Sanskrit literature. Sanskrit is also used as background chorus in films, television advertisements and as slogans for corporate organizations. Recently, Sanskrit has also marked its appearance in Western pop music with two recordings by famous singer Madonna. Her album "Ray of Light" released in 1998 had one Sanskrit number named "Shanti/Ashtangi," and the second album, "Cyber-raga," released in 2000 had "Music" that is a Sanskrit-language ode of devotion to a higher power and a wish for peace on earth.
We, at Indo Vacations have designed a special course in Sanskrit Language Course that helps you to learn this classical language.
While designing this course we have taken greatest care of the fact, that this course is intended for people or students whose belong to foreign countries and not familiar with Sanskrit or Indian languages. This course has planned in association with experienced instructors, who have expertise in teaching foreign students. This course has planned with enough flexibility in terms of duration that mainly depends on the interest of student and the availability of trainer. This course is an individual course, means you will get lessons by a personal trainer. You are free to ask questions, take your time at the exercises and practice the sentences as long as you and your teachers are satisfied with the pronunciation. Normally these classes run five days in a week with daily sessions of 5 hours. The daily classes are divided in two sessions pre lunch and post lunch session. However, the timing can be rearranged by your trainer with your consent.
Our language program is an inclusive program that includes your accommodation also. We normally arrange your accommodation within 10 minute reaching time to your teacher. This will facilitate better coordination between you and your trainer and safe your time and money as well. For accommodation, we provide you the different options; stay with an Indian family or choose a guesthouse or pain guest accommodation. We generally suggest you to stay with Indian family so that you get better environment for learning the language and also get a chance to experience the rich Indian culture and Indian way of living. During your stay, you will be provided a personal room with bath and WC, round the clock cold & warm water, meals including breakfast, Lunch and dinner as well as Tea & coffee, facilities for laundry, internet etc.
Our Sanskrit Language Course is available in all the major cities of India. We would arrange your transfer from nearby international Airport, if wished so, on nominal charges. We could also plan tours for any destination in India and assist you for every other travel tour services needed by you. For any further information regarding Sanskrit Language Course or travel tour services, do write us and give us a pleasure to assist you.