Sanskrit Language Facts

An inscription in Bramhi Script and Prakrit language
An inscription in Bramhi Script and Prakrit language

It was Never the Language of Common People

Recently my Marathi book on this subject has been published and I would like to translate some chapters of it in English to publish on hub.

Some Facts About Sanskrit Language

1. Sanskrit is not the oldest language of India, Tamil is. Check this in any standard GK book for competitive exams or any standard book of linguistics. Prakirt languages like Magadhi, Ardhamagadhi and Shourseni are much older than classical Sanskrit.

2. The oldest inscriptions in India are in Prakrit languages, not in Sanskrit. It is a fact that the none of the edicts of Emperor Ashok are in Sanskrit. If Sanskrit language existed at his time, some of his edicts were in this language, as his edicts are not only in Magadhi language, but also in other languages including Greek.

3. Bhagwan Mahavir and Goutam Buddha gave their sermons in Prakrit languages (Addhamagadhi and Magadhi, respectively) and they spoke nothing in Sanskrit. The real reason of this is that Sanskrit did not exist at their time. If Sanskrit existed that time, they would have spoken in Sanskrit at least with Kings like Shrenik Bimbisar or with their Bramhin disciples.

4. The so called Sanskrit of Vedas is different language from the Sanskrit of later period. The language of Vedas is Chhandas, and not Sanskrit. Chhandas is another form of Prakrit languages.

5. Later Jain Acharyas, who were of Bramhin origin used Sanskrit for writing Jain texts. They gave a Vedic touch to Jain philosophy in their writings. You can see it clearly in Acharya Jinsena's literature, who was a born Vedic Bramhin and who turned south Indian Jainism into ritualistic and Vedic like Jainism. Same thing happened in case of Buddhist literature.

6. Prakrit Jain literature is loyal with original Jain philosophy, Sanskrit Jain literature is not. Again check this by comparing Acharya Kundkundas Prakrit texts with Acharya Jinsena's literature.

7. Sanskrit language had no script for writings as they did not believe in writing. Later they adopted Brahmi, Nagari and other scripts. They also used regional language scripts for this language and today even Roman script is being used. Please have a look at: Sanskrit: a Language Without Script

8. Today's most of the Indian languages are of Prakrit origins. Sanskrit is also of Prakrit origin. So Sanskrit is not mother of languages like Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi etc, but she is just a sister of them. Sanskrit has no children.

9. Sanskrit was never a language of Masses. It was even not spoken by Brahmins. It was just a language rituals and Vedic literature of later time.

10. There are many similarities between Slavic & other European languages like Russian, German, Latin etc. and Sanskrit. But there are many distinctive features between Sanskrit and other Indian languages. This suggest that the people who created Sanskrit language by culturing Prakrut languages, were of European origin. You may like to read: European Origin of Sanskrit Language

11. Most of the stories in classical Sanskrit languages originally were written in Prakrit languages.Sanskrit translated the stories and destroyed the original sources. Plagiarism was base of Sanskrit language. See: Plagiarism by Sanskrit Authors

12. Great scholars of linguistics, Sanskrit, History and Sociology have given negative comments on Sanskrit languages. See a collection of their quotes at: What The Great Scholars Said About Sanskrit Language?

The final fact: Sanskrit is a dead language.


-Mahavir Sanglikar

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Comments 20 comments

Samraj19 4 years ago

Gautam, Your claim (enriched us) seems to be wrong based on the following facts,

1. The Vedic Hinduism & Sanskrit language taken all the credit of Buddhism and Prakrit - Jainismus Hub is an eye opener to every Indian who study wrong/fabricated winner stories/histories

2. Once India was united as Greater India (during Ashoka period) and ruled by a common language called Prakrit, religion Buddhism and later divided during Vedic Hinduism rulers period. Due to this divide, India was able to Invade by Muslim rulers and later by Christian rulers

3. The Vedic Hinduism divided the society(Varnas) and discriminated and people were treated as 'Slaves'. This is the reason Dr Ambethkar was claiming for a mass conversion to Buddhism

4. Today, most of the social issues what Indians are facing was due to Vedic Hinduism being followed post Buddhism period in India

Sanskrit has no children - I differ only on this with Jainismus

I believe, Hindi is a language born to Sanskrit Mother (scripts) and Urdu Father (words)


Gautam 4 years ago

Thanks to the Aryans who came to India and enriched us Vedic knowledge and morals and also led the development of Sanskrit language.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thanks Samraj for expressing your views.


Samraj 4 years ago

The Prakrit is definitely older than Sanskrit.

Prakrit was flourishing all over greater India till 3rd century during Ashoka period. After his period, Prakrit & Buddhism was started flourishing in the in do-china bordering countries through Khemer, Champa kingdoms

The Sanskrit was started flourishing from Gupta period and India was started ruled by many regional rulers which has created many regional languages in India (between 3rd to 13th century) which are mix of Prakrit, Sanskrit and Localization of dialects and scripts

Hindi started flourishing from Moghals period starting from 13th century which is a mix of Sanskrit script and Urdu words

As a script, Prakrit would have been older than Tamil but as a spoken Language Tamil could be predated. Even, Ashoka have not rules the Tamil region though he ruled the entire Greater India (including modern days Srilanka, Afghan,Pakistan and Bangladesh)


Kirti 4 years ago

This blog seems to have been started by a Sanskrit hater and religious snob.

I am a Tamilian but I think Prakrit is much older than Tamil because both Hanuman and sage Agasthya are said to have been conversing in Prakrit. Mahabharat was written firsthand by Hanuman in Prakrit, sitting on Arjun's chariot flag.

Who cares which is the oldest language ? Tamil? Prakrit? Damn ...

If you can replace your hatred for a religion and a language into love for nature, you would become a human being. Think about it.


Kiran 5 years ago

Sanskrit is a derivative of South Languages - Telugu, Tamil, Kannada & Malayalam. Sanskrit did not have a script & was codified by Panini in Bhrami - however this codification is totally different from the Vediv Hymns. Just chant the hymns or listen to one, - read the one below - does it sound closer to south languages or north ?

Shuklaambara Dharam Vishnum, Shashi Varnam Chatur Bhujam

Prasanna Vadanam Dhyaayet, Sarva Vighna Upashaanthaye


rahul yadav 5 years ago

pali a prakrit (natural)language of india.the so called sanskrit was developed during the regime of king shunga who became a king after 500 years of their mahaparinirvana.Patanjali the inventor of yoga was born after Siddhatta Gotama (not siddhartha gautama which we know in sanskrit)pinnana the inventor of sanskrit language was born 400 years after Siddhatta Gotama The Buddha


Shaun  5 years ago

Gibberish Is obviously the oldest language, since a lot on here are clearly fluent in it. "my religion and language is the best and oldest" "No mine is" "yours is shit mines the best" Oh please, religion has become to lot the definition of hatred, war, genocide, theft, racism, murder, homophobia, sexism, arrogance, insanity. A bunch of self satisfied delusional nut-cases.

Our own mind created all these things, concentrate on that. Be bright like the sun, that shines on everyone it don't care who or what you are.


Vaaron89 6 years ago

hi dudz, im not tryin to be rude but you cant even understand the topic how can u follow ur own religions "code and conducts" or teaching??i doubt it..too much talking but where is the thinking.

think as a human not as somthng else.

regarding this topic, its about facts of sanskrit..

not debate on sanskrit

if u have xtra info, give comment.otherwise dont cause conflict.

Why cause havoc. does it matter which religion comes 1st?

which language comes first?

from which or where does holy books comes or adapted from?

languages and religion can never be greater than morality which is action.

religions are man made just like languages.

it starts with some concept and tradition in society then it develops and spreads from there, soon when people discovered there are other religion,some people sprinkle some new stuffs and laws hence it becomes a religion.

from a concept to a religion.

and you cant insult other religion or telling one's religion is the best.

i registered myself as a hindu but im also a muslim, christian jew etc.

i believe that all gods are one.

i went to temple, church and mosque.

i dont eat pork, beef nor consume alcohol hence my friends from different religions can mingle with me instantly.

i even fast with my muslim frends for ramadhan (few days)

indeed, some teased me (teenagers) but my parents and lecturers support me.

im not telling you should do all this, just that why wanna compare this stuffs.

u may say ur mamma and papa is the best, but i would say mine is the best in the world.

although many religions present, cases such as rape,theft,terrorism,murder etc increasing alarmingly??

i even have friends who talk like saints today and acting like

animal(multiple sex partners, being damn rude to thier mother, even slapped them) the next day, i seen it with my own eyes.

why it happens?are they even considered to be in their religion, even HUMAN???

greatest "religion" for me is humanism.

be a human, now people kill each other due to conflicts in religion.

im not saying im pure or a saint, i do make sin etc but theres a limit.

im only 21yo but my experience in this stuff is a lot.

people from different religion had and still insult me,humiliate me.isolate me,take advantage of me, tried to convert me although im in all religion.even said i pray to genies??? (if yes i would have been damn rich by now)

they try to humiliate(or CREATE a defect) other religion so that their religion can look better.

but till now i still love all the religions.im proud to be in all religions.i respect and love the truth.

its all bout spiritual essence (peace) in all religion, i focus primarily on that.the teachings etc..

thanks and please bear this on ur mind..


Vaaron89 6 years ago

hi dudz, im not tryin to be rude but you cant even understand the topic how can u follow ur own religions "code and conducts" or teaching??i doubt it..too much talking but where is the thinking.

think as a human not as somthng else.

regarding this topic, its about facts of sanskrit..

not debate on sanskrit

if u have xtra info, give comment.otherwise don't cause conflict.

Why cause havoc. does it matter which religion comes 1st?

which language comes first?

from which or where does holy books comes or adapted from?

languages and religion can never be greater than morality which is action.

religions are man made just like languages.

it starts with some concept and tradition in society then it develops and spreads from there, soon when people discovered there are other religion,some people sprinkle some new stuffs and laws hence it becomes a religion.

from a concept to a religion.

and you cant insult other religion or telling one's religion is the best.

i registered myself as a hindu but im also a muslim, christian jew etc.

i believe that all gods are one.

i went to temple, church and mosque.

i don't eat pork, beef nor consume alcohol hence my friends from different religions can mingle with me instantly.

i even fast with my muslim frends for ramadhan (few days)

indeed, some teased me (teenagers) but my parents and lecturers support me.

im not telling you should do all this, just that why wanna compare this stuffs.

u may say ur mamma and papa is the best, but i would say mine is the best in the world.

although many religions present, cases such as rape,theft,terrorism,murder etc increasing alarmingly??

i even have friends who talk like saints today and acting like

animal(multiple sex partners, being damn rude to their mother, even slapped them) the next day, i seen it with my own eyes.

why it happens?are they even considered to be in their religion, even HUMAN???

greatest "religion" for me is humanism.

be a human, now people kill each other due to conflicts in religion.

im not saying im pure or a saint, i do make sin etc but theres a limit.

im only 21yo but my experience in this stuff is a lot.

people from different religion had and still insult me,humiliate me.isolate me,take advantage of me, tried to convert me although im in all religion.even said i pray to genies??? (if yes i would have been damn rich by now)

they try to humiliate(or CREATE a defect) other religion so that their religion can look better.

but till now i still love all the religions.im proud to be in all religions.i respect and love the truth.

its all bout spiritual essence (peace) in all religion, i focus primarily on that.the teachings etc..

thanks and please bear this on ur mind..


sandy 6 years ago

Sanskrit is not in practise currently, so no point for this discussion.

however it's been called as hindu dev bhasha (god's own language). All key chants of hindus are in sanskrit only.

Brahmin's (prechers) ofhinduism only use sanskrit for manta's and rituals.

surprisingly it's not in practise ingeneral talks from more than 200 years.


Divna 6 years ago

Slavic languages are the oldest and Sanskrit/Avestan borrowed many of its words because they had contact with each other in upper Asia


Raunak 6 years ago

After reading of al ur comments..

some facts : (No Disrespect to ny religion, every Religion is equal to me)

1.Hinduism is way of life, not a religion .(SC Judgment is jst an example). y am i sayin that ? Ther are many gods : Shivji, Ramji, Krishanji, Hanumanji, Durga Mata, Ganeshji, etc . the religion is not hindu right? Collections of dharams ie Vaishnav Dharam n all is collectively Hinduism. Hindu word was basically coined to differentiate b/w muslims .in ny veda, scripture where do u find the word "hindu" ????

2.Tell me ny religion in this world where u dnt hav to do a little somethin to be called someone of that religion .. ie in sikhs u hav to do some 7 things to be called as a sikh (sry coz i dunnno abt d 7 things n al..no disrespect) , a hindu : hav to do some rituals to be called a hindu (eg : a white thread in bhrahmins), christianity (hav to get baptized), Jew ( The bar ritual), Muslim ( i need not tell) . whereas in Jainism ther is no such ritual . U were born a jain and u will die a jain.

3.Abt the prakrit and sanskrit, Sanskrit means "refined" and prakrit means "nature/original" . enough has been discussed abt it so am nt commenting abt it.

4.Abt vegetarianism : no religion tells to hav non-veg . every religion preaches peace .

5.Abt War : No religion preaches violence. but still ... In every religion , the kings had war..have u ever heard a jain king or war between jain people ??

6.Who eva has taken human form will die one day...no one can live forever (science, common sense, logic) but still people say the ones who have become god , they never died .

7.Someone who said Jainism is dirtiest religion..er...No religion promotes hatred..i guess u belong to no religion . The above facts are an answer to ur comment .

8.People say that every religion preaches that ther is no one above god. But every scripture says whatever u do , whatever u believe , ur responsible for ur own actions n not gods . I personally believe no one is greater thn their own karam (actions) .

I know the blog is abt the sanskrit and prakrit language but aftr reading al ur comments i felt the need to clear somethings. i neva meant to disrespect ny1/nythin . Forgive me if i hurt the sentiments of ny rational person ...


Linda 6 years ago

Sanskrit Lovers,

Since because u love this language,it does nt mean it's the ancient one.This sanskrit did not have written script on it's own.it borrowed script from various languages like devanagiri,tamil, urdu etc.thats y most of the ancient leterature works are in these languages.Hence it doesn't mean it was sansrit.Improve u'r knowledge if u some brains !


kailash 6 years ago

Hi guys! The oldest and mother of all languages is SILENCE. Think about it.


Aly Philippe Sindhian 6 years ago

The oldest language is Burushaski,...la raiba fih


Rajandas 6 years ago

sanskrit is a dead language although many including many indian governments have tried to revive it. When you compare the antiquity of a language it will take into consideration if it is still spoken. A man who lived up to 60 years of age, 200 years ago, he's not 260 years old today. So much so, the dead language sanskrit is not very old; there're very many languages much older than it, and some of them like Hebrew, Greek, Tamil are still alive and kicking!


Darius 6 years ago

Please,guys! All religions are Man Made. To control the masses and to bring order to society.At the same time collect tolls from the masses.That's why the Vatican is by far the richest Entity of them all.And their funds managed by Jews.What an irony!!!

Religions have also created enough wars to sustain all economies, through the manufacture and research of all forms of weaponry.

One fact that no one can deny is that the world's most intelligent people were and are jews.By a mile.That's because they were the first to be educated and the most unified of the lot.Their closest rivals were the Persians beter known as Aryans.

Sumeria and Persia were at odds for thousands of years and they have continued till today.Now they're known as Isreal and Iran.

Jesus and his followers are jews.But jews are forbidden to be christains as the whole world,at that time and even later, were killing jews.After Constantine converted to Xtianity in 330 AD, jews were left alone and the whole world took it out on the christians, who were mainly romas, slavs and the rus people of europe.

Christianity is the biggest hoax on earth.It was created by the Jewish Hierachy of Rome. To save their people.They succeeded for a long time, till a certain Hitler came around.The Bible was written in Hebrew.And yet no jew can be a christian? Go figure this out

Please think about History.And by the way, the Aryans gave us the Vedas, just as the jews gave us the Torah.

It's all about control of the mind and MONEY!


Infoseeker 7 years ago

Let us not deviate from the main topic, the origin of the languages. I will say that the take aways are

1. Sanskrit and Prakrit languages are related and has very close links.

2. The meaning of Sanskrit is Refined / Purified whereas Prakrit means unrefined / Original.

This is a clear indication that the Prakrit language should be predating the Sanskrit language.

3. Sanskrit is not the oldest language, Prakrit writings exist before the oldest Sanskrit inscriptions.

4. Sanskrit may be derived from Prakrit or both of them may have a common origin, which is some times wrongly called Sanskrit.

5. Sanskrit is not mother of other indian languages like Hindi, Bengali etc, but these languages were derived from Prakrit. This seems logical since Sanskrit was never language of the masses.

6. Tamil is a very old language that developed independently but did not have a script.

7. The Devanagari script was invented byNagvanshi people of Shramanic tradition and later Sanskrit adopted it.


Daedalus 8 years ago

Whether this content is valid or not, it is important to remember that the oldest religion is Judaism and that Christ came and changed it to Christainity. Making the God of Christainity ( YHWH and Jesus) the Only True God. Hebrew in itself has tremendous power. Sanskrit has no power. It only has power by word of mouth and people being patriotic to India. HEBREW has true power. By simply saying the first letter (Aleph) many mystical happenings can take place. The kabbalah, for example, has methods for Alchemy, turning one element into another (uranium into plutonium etc.), you can gain boundless wealth and unfathomable power if you know how to use the HEBREW language. There are methods to kill a person with a single glance (called the HA KARA). These are just 2 of the powers that the Hebrew language. There are endless and many have been utilised by the Knights Templar, the Cult of Freemasonry etc. Put a little research into it and you'd find that a single man, or family, owns the wealth of the entire USA (the Rothschild Family); deeply intertwined with the Illuminati, Skull and Bones Cult, Scroll and Key Cult etc. All of these are exceedingly wealthy and powerful because they have utilised the power of Hebrew. However these practises are utter Satanic and Luciferian, like Bhuddism, Hinduism, all Esoteric Cults and those from the Orient. The only way to God is through Jesus Christ = I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, No man cometh unto the Father but through me (Gospel of John 14:6).

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