The Sourashtra alphabet was developed towards the end of the 19th
century. A number of Sourashtra letters a similar to letters in the Oriya
and Gujarati alphabets. Sourashtra has also been written with Telugu and
Devanagari alphabets but is usually written with a slightly modified
version of the Tamil alphabet.
Type of writing system: syllabic alphabet in which all consonants have an inherent
vowel. Diacritics, which can appear above, below, before or after
the consonant they belong to, are used to change the inherent vowel.
Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines.
When they appear the the beginning of a syllable, vowels are written
as independent letters.
Used to write
an Indo-Aryan language closely related to Gujarati and spoken by
about 310,000 people in southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and
Andhra Pradesh, particularly in Salem, Thanjavur, and Madurai cities.