Sanskrit is said to be originated from "Drums of Lord Shiva". There's a famous story of Panini composing grammar of Sanskrit from sounds (Maheswara Sutras) of lord Shiva's Damaru.

Panini was a student at a Gurukula (a system of education in the 4th century BC). He was a dull student, and was often teased by many of his friends. So, worried about his situation, the Gurumata (the wife of the Guru) advised him to go to the Himalayas to do tapas. So he went to the Himalayas and started meditating on Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva, pleased with Panini's strong tapas, came and danced before him . While dancing, the sound from his Damaru (the small drum like musical instrument that Shiva plays) was heard by Panini as the Maheshwara Sutrani. Thus, Panini wrote the Maheshwara Sutras and formed the Sanskrit grammar.

Sanskrit was composed initially in Brahmi Script and later Devanagari Script was used. Sanskrit is also believed to have no script.

We all know, Sacred syllable OM, the Pranava, the Sabdha Brahman, is written as ॐ in Devanagari Script or lipi. But how is "OM" or "AUM" or ॐ written in Brahmi Script? This Image says how ॐ was developed.

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As "O" is written as enter image description here in Brahmi as mentioned in above link, Is ॐ written as enter image description here or something else ?

  • This website here gives letter of Brahmi script.. After seeing writing style of Kam Gam... I also think one dot is placed at side of O...
    – Tezz
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 9:50
  • When was Panini born...?
    – Tezz
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 9:53
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    @Tezz But my doubt is why OM as Brahmi script is not popular like Devanagari ॐ. Also, i doubt whether Brahmi was precursor to Devanagari. If Devanagari follows Brahmi, how ॐ Parvat can exist before invention of Devanagari script?
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 10:43
  • @Tezz Wiki says he lived during 4th century BC. May be rewrote Sanskrit grammar with help of Shiva.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 10:45
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    @Tezz The association of the Om symbol with Ganesha is a really recent development, perhaps within the last hundred years or less. Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 13:04

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ॐ (OM)(ओ३म्) can be written in Brahmi script as:

OM in Brahmi

Further, there is book Brahmi-Rediscovering the lost script written by Ankita Roy. This book contains many information about Brahmi script (Lipi). Below is the image how ॐ described in the book.

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  • Please correct OM is written in TULU script not hindi Tulu script was used to write sanskrit mantras
    – user7610
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 16:32

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