Sanskrit Day

Sanskrit day is also called as Sanskrit Diwas, Sanskrit Diwas 2020 is celebrated on 3rd of August.

Sanskrit Day 2020 and Its Celebration

  • Sanskrit day is Observed on the Poornima Tithi, which starts from 09:28 PM on Aug 02, 2020, and continues till 09:28 PM on Aug 03, 2020.  Still, it is mainly celebrated on the 3rd of August.
  • With the introduction of latest Education Policy, the University Grants Commission, UGC has asked the affiliated universities and institutes to arrange Sanskrit Day events to celebrate World Sanskrit Day 2020 and organize appropriate activities. World Sanskrit Day is widely known on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan per year.
  • From July 31 to August 6 , 2020, the ‘World Sanskrit Day 2020’ would be celebrated by the Consortium of Sanskrit Universities by organizing ‘Sanskrit Week Celebration”.

Why we celebrate Sanskrit Day?

  • To share the greatness and importance of this language World Sanskrit day is organized.
  • It needs an existence outside the boundaries of worship and rituals.
  • Our next-generation should know about Sanskrit as the foundations for the languages we use today.
  • Sanskrit day as a part of Our India- Our Pride events from Himalai we want to create an awareness to enrich Sanskrit as the root of all Indian languages.

History of Sanskrit Day

  • National Sanskrit day was first seen in the year of 1969 and is celebrated every year on the full moon day or Poornima day of the holy month of Shravana.
  • This is based on Hindu lunar calendar and as per the date in the normal calendar, it keeps on varying every year.
  • On Sanskrit day speech, lectures, seminars, workshop and other events are organized to promote the usage of this language and to incorporate in academics and in day to day life.

What is Sanskrit?

  • Sanskrit in its original form is ‘Samskruth’ which literally means well prepared or polished language.
  • Sanskrit language has a history of 3500 years and is one of the oldest scripts.
  • Vedic Sanskrit can be dated back to 2nd millennium BCE with Rig-Veda as the written evidence.
  • This Vedic Sanskrit evolved to form classic Sanskrit which is used in many of Hindu Sanskrit Shlok and scriptures.

Importance of Sanskrit:

It is the philosophical language for many religions like Hinduism, Jainism etc., Great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata were originally written in classic Sanskrit. It also has a vast influence on many other languages.

Sanskrit can be called the mother of all Indian languages. Our national language Hindi is Incarnation from Sanskrit. Many other Indian languages directly use Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary as the base. It is even said some of English words are derived from Sanskrit.

Sanskrit Language Extinction:

The Sanskrit language is at the verge of extinction, only 1% of Indians are using this language and that to as Sanskrit Shlokas and Pooja Vidhi.  It was eminently used in ancient India but it has become a protected schedule language. It is rarely spoken for common conversations. A language which was used all around the country is now an official language for a single state, Uttarakhand.