The Sharda or Śāradā alphabet developed from the Brahmi
script during the second half of the 8th century AD. The earliest known
inscription in the Sharda alphabet dates from 774 AD and was discovered
in a village called Hund in the west of Pakistan.
Today only a small group of Brahmins continue to use the Sharda alphabet
for writing and calculating astrological and ritual formulations.
This is a syllabic alphabet. Each consonant has an
inherant vowel which is changed using vowel diacritics.
Used to write
and a number of other languages in the northwest of India, the Punjab,
Himachal Pradesh and in parts of Central Asia.