Is Sanskrit considered divine language to those of the hindu faith? If so why?

I am not Hindu, but I am interested in this topic.

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    One of the reason Sanskrit is considered divine because Sanskrit sounds emanated from Lord Shiva's Damru. Another is Sanskrit sounds have one to one correspondence with the Tattvas (thatness or elements in loose terms) which take part in course of creation. On esoteric level both the reasons are same on different level. You can read about it in details [here][1] [1]: hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/19827/… Aug 7, 2017 at 14:25
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    It is a divine language even if one is not of Hindu faith. Non-hindus are yet to discover the truths that Hindus have millennia ago. That is the only difference.
    – user1195
    Aug 8, 2017 at 2:37

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Yes it is considered divine and is referred to as Dev-bhasha or the 'Language of the Gods'. The following verses from Mahabharat Shanti Parva महाभारते १२.२३१.५६ and महाभारत १२.२३२.२४ clearly declare its divine status:

अनादिनिधना ह्येषा वागुत्सृष्टा स्वयम्भुवा ।

आदौ वेदमयी दिव्या यतस्सर्वाः प्रसूतयः ॥

English Translation -

Beginning-less and endless is this vāk manifested on its own,

First as Veda the celestial and from that everything else born.

Hindi Translation -

आदि-रहिता एवं अन्त-रहिता यह वेदमयी दिव्या विद्यावाणी स्वयम्भू है

एवं यही प्रथम वेद के रूप में एवं तदनन्तर सर्व वस्तुज्ञान को प्रसवित करती है

This is the confirmation of the belief that the language is of a non-human or divine origin.


Yes, Sanskrit is a divine language. As commented by Rohit, Sanskrit is considered divine because Sanskrit sounds emanated from Lord Shiva's Damru.

Sanskrit is written in devanagari script. The word devanagari can be divided into deva and nagari where deva means immortal beings and nagari means city. So, devanagari means city of immortals. In Sanskrit, there are no capital letters. Each letter represents one, and only one, sound. In English, the letter 'a' for example, may indicate many sounds (e.g. fat,fare, far), but not so in Sanskrit.

Sanskrit is the oldest language living till today. If you will listen to Sanskrit especially the mantras then you might be able to feel the vibration caused by it. Sanskrit is the language spoken by gods. Our Scriptures have been written in Sanskrit language.

In most languages you will find words that represent particular objects. For e.g. tree represents an object. In Sanskrit words represent properties of an object. So, there is no translation of a tree in Sanskrit. Now ofcourse people might argue that tree in Sanskrit is called as वृक्ष (Briksha). For those, I suggest to read the following article: Features of Sanskrit that make it an extra-ordinary language.

  • +1 Bro for that link. That suggest Sanskrit can still be used in daily life! Aug 7, 2017 at 18:03
  • Writing Sanskrit in Devanagari is a modern method.There were other scripts in the past too.One example is Brahmi script. Devanagari ≠ Sanskrit. Also it is Deva nAgari. नागरी is not a city. नगरी is a city.Sanskrit was written in different scripts before Devanagari is invented. Not only Sanskrit, many Indian languages don't have capital letters. In fact,capital letters in all languages came later.Script has capital letters,language doesn't. वृक्ष is not Briksha. It is pronounced as vRRikSha.Using b is a regional difference. It is the language of characteristics but there are translations too. Aug 8, 2017 at 6:14
  • This link should be added. There are translations for lock too. बन्धन, ताल, निषेध are words. The article you have quoted doesn't have any thing about वृक्ष. It has about mouth. Aug 8, 2017 at 6:17
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    – Pandya
    Feb 19, 2018 at 14:10

Sanskrit is among best languages, the world has to offer.

Language is never a barrier to communicate with lord in my locality at least.

You can say it sacred in sense, in todays world, since it is no more used commonly but used to read scriptures for god only.

Otherwise, It is a good language, easily communicable and expressible to god, but sacred, nothing like that in sense you think.

We read Hindi translated version, we believe expression matters more than words.

Reading something incomprehensible is worthless, just express, you dont need words often for that.

A language is a tool. It cannot be any sacred entity.

Sanskrit does not have any abusive words, but still, that just make it highly respectable and not sacred.

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    May 3, 2019 at 1:09
  • @Pandya Found nothing in help center, why do I have to mention scriptures when Hinduism is a belief of Hindus, there is no boundation to books, If I wrote anything wrong you cant agree then that calls for shastrarth. May 6, 2019 at 21:56
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