Wondering if there are any/all of these online somewhere in a copyleft format (free / open source / public domain, or something similar to that), in the original Devanagari script in Sanskrit, in Unicode/text format (aka not in a PDF), such that you can download the entire thing. If there are none to be found in Unicode/text format, then a PDF would work as an alternative, but text would be best.

I have found the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata and Ramayana, but not sure if there are better versions online somewhere.

Specifically looking for these. I'm only familiar with the Vedas, not the others, but would like to find them.

  • Rig Veda
  • Yajurveda
  • Samaveda
  • Atharvaveda
  • Puranas
  • Sutras
  • Shastras (I'm not too familiar with the texts here)

This website seems to suggest it has the Vedas, but I'm not sure if they have the Sanskrit versions in Devanagari (it says Hindi instead of Sanskrit, which I'm not sure if it's the exact same).

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And I am also uncertain what Kand, Sukta and the rest mean, and if this is the actual text just one verse at a time.

Looking for text format in Sanskrit/Devanagari of these resources. Unfortunately this resource has made the text into an image <canvas> so it cannot be copied/downloaded.

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This seems to be a copy of the Samaveda in Hindi, but the quality is not very good and it is a PDF rather than plain text.


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Your enquiry is about scriptures of hinduism (Vedas , Upanishads ,Puranas ) in text format which you can download or Copy-Paste. Yes some of the works are available in Sanskrit versions in Devanagari script.


Wikisource is the best website for Puranas in Devnagari. Here we can find sanskrit verses of all 18 puranas plus some upapuranas , which we can either copy-paste or simply can download.


Upanishad mantras in Devanagari are also available over the website developed by IIT Kanpur . Interestingly you will here fins the english translation of the upanishads also with commentaries. Here we can find 11 principal upanishads.


There are lots of Sutras in Hinduism scripture , I am here just providing links for two i.e.Yoga-Sutras by Maharshi Patanjali and Brahma-Sutras by Shree Veda Vyasa. Here is Patanjali Yoga-Sutras in Devanagari. Here Sutras are denoted by numbers like 1..1 etc. and below is the sanskrit commentary.


on Sanskrit Documents web site we can find Rig-Veda Samhita (core texts) and Sama-Veda Samhita (Kauthuma Shakha i.e. Kauthuma branch ) in Devanagari script , the content of which we can copy-paste.

Regarding your enquiry about the Kand, Sukta . In Sanskrit sukta means "well said", "well told. the vedic hymns are called "sukta" . There are various Suktas (Hymns) like Purusha-Sukta , Shree-Sukta etc.

Kanda literally means Chapter and is sanskrit word of the same.

Dharma-Shastras (धर्मशास्त्र, dharma-shastra) is a category of Hindu literature containing important instructions regarding religious law, ethics, economics, jurisprudence and more. It is categorised as smṛti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

Shastras means science , but the word Shastras is not only limited to Dharma-Shastras. The word Shastras is general word used for all scriptures of hinduism i.e. Shastras= common word for all scriptures of Hinduism.

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    Awesome, that puranas link will be great! Unfortunately the sanskritdocuments.org website has the copyright restriction that they are only for personal use :/
    – Lance
    Oct 26, 2018 at 3:33
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    @LancePollard -Thank you also for your enquiry. All the users who want sanskrit verses of scriptures will get them at one place here in this answer. Users also can add links in answer to make it more and more comprehensive. Oct 26, 2018 at 3:37
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    @LancePollard Yes I will try to find such a place or else i will update the answer by adding individual links later because of vastness of sutra literature. Oct 26, 2018 at 3:42
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    I think all these links are present in the linked duplicate question. Vedas, Puranas, smritis all.. if not, we can edit that answer. Answering duplicate question is not a good way. Oct 26, 2018 at 3:42
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    @Sarvabhouma Yes , OP specifically wanted the links of scriptures in text format which he can download. So this will be a separate answer just for this purpose and also as a database. :-) Oct 26, 2018 at 3:46

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