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Śāradā script

 

Śāradā script

Śāradā
Kashmiri Shaivaite manuscript (17th or 18th century)
Type
Languages Sanskrit, Kashmiri
Time period
c. 800 CE–present (almost extinct)
Parent systems
Child systems
Gurmukhī
Takri
Landa
Sister systems
Nāgarī
Siddhaṃ
ISO 15924 Shrd, 319
Direction Left-to-right
Unicode alias
Sharada
U+11180–U+111DF
[a] The Semitic origin of the Brahmic scripts is not universally agreed upon.

The Śāradā, or Sharada, script (शारदा) is an abugida writing system of the Brahmic family of scripts, developed around the 8th century. It was used for writing Sanskrit and Kashmiri. The Gurmukhī script was developed from Śāradā. Originally more widespread, its use became later restricted to Kashmir, and it is now rarely used except by the Kashmiri Pandit community for ceremonial purposes. Śāradā is another name for Saraswati, the goddess of learning.

Contents

  • Letters 1
    • Vowels 1.1
    • Consonants 1.2
  • Unicode 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Letters

Vowels

Consonants

Unicode

Śāradā script was added to the Unicode Standard in January, 2012 with the release of version 6.1.

The Unicode block for Śāradā script, called Sharada, is U+11180–U+111DF:

Sharada[1][2]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+1118x
U+1119x
U+111Ax
U+111Bx
U+111Cx      
U+111Dx
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 8.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points

See also

References

External links

  • ancientscripts.com
  • Prevalence of the Śāradā Script in Afghanistan
  • Akṣara List of the Manuscript of Abhidharmadīpa , ca. the 11th Century, Collection of Sanskrit Mss. Formerly Preserved in the China Ethnic Library
  • Modern Kashmiri Dictionary: Android based electronic Kashmiri Dictionary
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