Top Four Websites to Learn Sanskrit Online (2021)

Sanskrit is one of the ancient languages of the world and a classical language of South Asia. It is the language of the Vedas, the oldest text of Hinduism. Sanskrit literature is often regarded as an ocean that contains several pearls of wisdom as it has been the source of various philosophical and literary books. It’s not just an ancient language but contemporary importance too. Research has shown that Sanskrit is one of the most scientific languages and arguably is the most suitable language to develop computer programming. If you are interested in learning this language, then continue reading the blog.   

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Sanskrit manuscript on palm leaves / Wikimedia Commons

Are you now wondering how to learn Sanskrit in the midst of a global pandemic? Don’t worry, we have got you covered! You no longer need to visit India to learn Sanskrit. It can be learnt at the very comfort of your home. The old traditional ways of learning have gone, and the advent of the Internet has made way for new innovative ways of learning languages. Learning through websites is one of the ways and the best thing about them is that they are usually self-paced and interactive. Here are the top four websites to check out just for you:

  1. Chinmaya Mission

Chinmaya Mission is one of the most popular websites to learn Sanskrit. They have two types of courses- easy Sanskrit and advanced Sanskrit. The best part of these courses is that they not only teach you the language but also several interesting aspects of Indian culture, tradition, and philosophy. They use both audio and visual illustrations. However, the course is slightly expensive than other websites, costing INR 4000.

Open Pathshala is great for all ages, and they have divided the course into three sections- basic, intermediate, and advanced. It seems to have interesting and interactive videos, costing only INR 499. Other benefits of using this website are that learning is self-paced and it is very easy to enrol.

VidyaSubramanian has a fantastic online course that is best for beginners. The best thing about this website is that it is very user-friendly. They also offer a free online trial class, and it is encouraged to take advantage of it to see if you are interested and to schedule your future classes. All classes are held through Skype and are taught by scholars and teachers. Their fee structure, however, is not mentioned on the website.   

Are you completely new to Sanskrit? Then, you should check out Arsha Kulam. They have ample sources for beginners and their course is divided into two parts. The first part introduces the alphabets and simple vocabulary. The second part details grammar rules. In this course, you can download two handbooks along with several audio links to listen to the lectures. However, as the website is still being developed the courses are very general and basic.

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Shuchi Athreya

India Correspondent
Shuchi is in her final semester of studying History at Curtin University. She loves volunteering and is actively involved with Curtin Volunteers and as Appeal Ambassador at Curtin University. Shuchi is originally from India and is extremely interested in South Asian history. She believes that the alongside India's rapid growth, their contributions to the world will only increase and thus wants to be a part of ensuring Australia engages with India at every opportunity.

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