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Sanskrit Siddham Script

see Siddham script

see also Ranjana Script - Kutila Script - Lantsa Script

see also: Sanskrit, Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit, Brahmi Script

Siddham script Siddham Origin

The Siddham script is a descendent of the Brahmi script and an ancestor of the Devanagari script. The name Siddham comes from Sanskrit and means “accomplished or perfected” The Siddham script is mainly used by Shingon Buddhists in Japan to write out mantra and sutras in Sanskrit. It was introduced to Japan by Kukai in 806 AD after he had studied Sanskrit and Mantrayana Buddhism in China. In Japan the Siddham script is known as 梵字 (bonji).

Notable features

   Type of writing system: syllabic alphabet
   Writing direction: left to right in horizontal lines.
   Used to write: Sanskrit

Siddham script Vowels

Siddham vowels Vowel diacritics with ka

Siddham diacritics with ka Consonants

Siddham consonants Sample text in Sanskrit in the Siddham alphabet

Sample text in Sanskrit in the Siddham alphabet Transliteration

Sarve mānavāḥ svatantratāḥ samutpannāḥ vartante api cha, gauravadr̥śā adhikāradr̥śā ca samānāḥ eva vartante. Ete sarve cetanā-tarka-śaktibhyāṁ susampannāḥ santi. Api ca, sarve’pi bandhutva-bhāvanayā parasparaṁ vyavaharantu.

Source: Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) Links

Information about the Siddham script (in Japanese, except the first two)

Free fonts which include Siddham letters Writing system used to write Sanskrit

Brāhmi, Devanāgari, Grantha, Kharoṣṭhi, Śāradā, Siddham, Thai, Tibetan

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