The Nagari Alphabet

Today we have a guest post by Marcis Gasuns.

The Nāgarī (lit. ‘of the city’) or Devanāgarī (‘divine Nagari’) alphabet descended from the Brahmi script sometime around the 11th century AD. It was originally developed to write Sanksrit but was later adapted to write many other languages. The origin and meaning of devanāgarī (also written as devnagari, devanagari, deonagri) remains dubious. It comes from the Sanskrit words deva (god, celestial; brahman), and nāgarī (city, possibly from tamizh, where it means “temple”). Together they probably mean, literally, (the most popular explanation) “script of the city”, “heavenly or sacred script of the city” or “[script of the] city of the Gods or priests” in Buddhist texts.

At the End – a farewell from Elizarenkova:

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  1. Podolsky says:

    Elizarenkova was my first and best teacher of Hindi grammar.