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संस्कृतम् saṃskṛtam
The word Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) written in Sanskrit. Displayed in the Sarai font for Devanagari.
The word Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) written in Devanagari.
Region Greater India
Native speakers 14,000[1]  (2001)
Language family
Writing system No native script.[2]
Written in Devanagari, various Brāhmī-based alphabets, Thai in vocabularies, and Latin script
Official status
Official language in  India, Uttarakhand
one of the 22 scheduled languages of India
Language codes
ISO 639-1 sa
ISO 639-2 san
ISO 639-3 san
A Sanskrit script

Sanskrit is an ancient Indian language. It is the sacred language of Hinduism and Buddhism. Today, about 14,000 people in India use it as their daily language.[1] It is one of the 22 official languages of India,[3] and is an official language of the state of Uttarakhand.[4]

Sanscrit is a standardized dialect of Old Indo-Aryan. Its linguistic ancestry can be traced back to Proto-Indo-European. Today it is listed as one of the 22 scheduled languages of India. The main script used to write Sanskrit is Devanāgarī.