This is a Unicode conversion of IIT Madras' sanskrit interactive online lessons.

Last updated 2005-09-24.

My main motivation in making the conversion was to practice typing Devanagari, whilst completing the online lessons.

Sanskrit Online Lessons
  1. Introduction
  2. Short vowels
  3. Long vowels
  4. Support vowels
  5. Generic form of a consonant
  6. Gutterals
  7. Palatals
  8. Cerebrals
  9. Dentals
  10. Labials
  11. Semi-vowels, sibilants, etc.
  12. Consonant-vowel combinations
  13. Conjunct characters
  14. Writing methods for conjuncts
  15. Conjuncts with 'ra'
  16. Summary
  17. Exercise

Instead of Windows' IME, I prefer to use the Takhti software for input.  It has a different keyboard layout to the Windows IME, and has a handy 'show keyboard' feature which cuts down time spent hunting for keys.  However, if you wish to set up Devanagari input for Windows 2000, follow these steps...

Go to Control Panel, click 'Keyboard', 'Input Locales' then 'Add'. A dialog box will appear. Select 'Hindi' for 'Input locale', and 'Hindi Traditional' for 'Keyboard Layout/IME'. You can now select Hindi using the icon in the system tray (bottom right-hand corner, next to your Windows clock). Note that Hindi will not work in many applications - Microsoft Word and Unipad are two known to work. Sometimes you can copy from these applications in to others where input doesn't work (eg: Mozilla Composer).  Once you get Unicode input working, check out the unicode chatroom - it's quite buggy, but at least it works!

If you use Unix, have a look at ANU's Sanskrit Unicode Text Processing page. has dictionaries, corpora and additional tutorials.

Site maintained by Walter Stanish.

Hosted at pratyeka (पर्त्येका in Sanskrit - thanks to svaksha for this!)