If you want to see the Sanskrit pages on this site in your browser correctly,
then please follow the underneath instructions to download and use the Sanskrit fonts
If these instructions do not work for you, or if you would simply prefer it, then please follow the instructions on the Devanagari help pages at Wikipedia.
If you would prefer a different Sanskrit font from the one we have recommended, please select from amongst the many listed on this page (hosted by WAZU Japan).
Almost all modern browsers are fully Unicode and allow Sanskrit and its diacritics (special marks used to show differences in letters) to be properly represented. Transcribing and transliteration, on this site, is done using the "IAST" or "International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration" system.
The Sanskrit texts we feature on this site use a much larger set of ligatures, and more complex forms, than is required for the modern vernaculars. If you would like to see proper Sanskrit characters, then you will now need to install the appropriate fonts: Sanskrit 2003 and Gentium Plus. (Also remember that if you want to print anything out, you can use the pdf files provided). All pages are written using the UTF-8 character set. Since Sanskrit 2003 and Gentium are both fully Unicode, they show all Sanskrit letters and transliteration diacritics correctly. If neither is installed, the browser and operating system will then do their best using whatever your Operating System uses as its default for the Devanāgarī script, if it has one. If you are reading this on a 'closed system' such as an Ipad or an Android that does not allow fonts to be easily installed, you will have to make do with the defaults.
(If you have an old browser, or for some reason insist on using the old fonts, you can do so by going here … but we strongly recommend that you update your browser and then download and install the above two fonts which are far more versatile and better-looking).
The Sanskrit 2003 font is provided free of charge to the World Community by Swami Omkarananda and the kind people at the Omkarananda Ashram in Uttaranchal, India, within sight of the Himalayas and the Ganges. Thanks and acknowledgement are hereby given for their generosity in allowing the free use and distribution of this font for the dissemination of Sanskrit.
The Gentium Plus font is also provided free of charge, under the Open Fonts Licence, by the Summer Institute of Linguistics International Inc. a ‘faith-based nonprofit organization committed to serving language communities worldwide as they build capacity for sustainable language development’. The SIL supports language development and dissemination worldwide, does not proselytise, establish churches, or publish scriptures. and has developed a variety of fonts and other tools to help preserve the world's languages.
Installing the fonts is a simple operation: of (1) downloading; (2) decompressing; (3) installing; (4) testing; and then possibly (5) selecting an appropriate browser. Use the menu immediately underneath to take you to the instructions appropriate to your operating system: