World Sanskrit Day 2022 Theme, Quotes, Photos, Wishes, Celebrated on:
World Sanskrit Day, also known as Vishva-samskrita-dinam, is an annual event focused around the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit that incorporates lectures about the language and is aimed to promote its revival and maintenance. It is celebrated on Shraavana poornima, that is the full moon day of the Shraavana month in the Hindu calendar. The Sanskrit organisation Samskrita Bharati is involved in promoting the day.In the year 2022, this day is celebrated on August 22.
Sanskrit is the mother of all languages. It is the most ancient language. Historians say that the ancient Aryans transacted in this language, and tradition maintains that it is the language of Gods. The words Geervani Bharati in verse refers to this. The works composed in Sanskrit are all beautiful and many of the religious and literary works of India, like the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, Vedas, and Upanishads, are composed in Sanskrit. Many great poets like Kalidasa, Magha, Bhavabhuti, Dandi, etc. all wrote in Sanskrit and enriched our cultural heritage. These books bring out the scope of emotional joy.
Every year, Sanskrit Diwas, also known as ‘Vishvasamskritadinam’ is celebrated around this time of the year. According to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the poornima (full moon) of the ‘Shravana‘ month. The day promotes the revival of this ancient Indian language. This year, it is being celebrated today, August 3.
The organisation Samskrita Bharati — a non-profit organisation — is believed to be working on its revival. Sanskrit used to be a pan-Indian language in the Vedic period. It lost somehow, to modern derivations and regional dialects. Most languages in the country have branched out of Sanskrit. In fact, it is even believed that what one can express in Sanskrit in one word, an English-speaker would generally need four to six, or even more words, to express the same. It is a known fact that a lot of words in the English language have their origins in Sanskrit. For instance, mosquito from ‘mashaka’, bangle from ‘bangri’, sugar from ‘sakara’, camphor from ‘karpura’, cash from ‘karsha’, to name a few.
In 1786, English Philologist William Jones, suggested in his book ‘The Sanscrit Language‘ that Greek and Latin were related to Sanskrit, and perhaps Gothic, Celtic and Persian languages, too! The language, however, is not entirely dead. A village in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, called Mattur, is believed to have preserved the language. From shopkeepers to children and street vendors, everyone in the village speaks in the ancient classical language of Sanskrit.