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Grantha alphabet    Grantha alphabet


The Grantha alphabet is a descendent of the Brahmi alphabet and started to emerge during the 5th century AD. Most of the alphabets of southern India evolved from Grantha, and it also influenced the Sinhala and Thai alphabets.

The Grantha alphabet has traditional been used by Tamil speakers to write Sanskrit and is still used in traditional vedic schools (patasalas)

Notable features

Grantha vowels

Grantha vowels

Grantha vowel diacritics (with ka)

Grantha vowel diacritics with ka

Grantha consonants

Grantha consonants

Grantha numerals

Grantha numerals

Sample text

Sample text in the Grantha alphabet


Sarvē mānavāḥ svatantratāḥ samutpannāḥ vartantē api ca, gauravadr̥śā adhikāradr̥śā ca samānāḥ ēva vartantē. Ētē sarvē cētanā-tarka-śaktibhyāṁ susampannāḥ santi. Api ca, sarvē´pi bandhutva-bhāvanayā parasparaṁ vyavaharantu.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


Information about the Grantha Scriptவலைவாசல்:கிரந்தம்

Grantha Script Tutorials

Grantha fonts

Some of the writing systems used to write Sanskrit

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

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