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Siddham script   Siddham


The Siddham script is a descendent of the Brahmi script and an ancestor of the Devanagari script. The name Siddham comes from Sanskrit and means "accomplished or perfected" The Siddham script is mainly used by Shingon Buddhists in Japan to write out mantra and sutras in Sanskrit. It was introduced to Japan by Kukai in 806 AD after he had studied Sanskrit and Mantrayana Buddhism in China. In Japan the Siddham script is known as 梵字 (bonji).

Notable features

Siddham script


Siddham vowels

Vowel diacritics with ka

Siddham diacritics with ka


Siddham consonants

Sample text in Sanskrit in the Siddham alphabet

Sample text in Sanskrit in the Siddham alphabet


Sarve mānavāḥ svatantratāḥ samutpannāḥ vartante api cha, gauravadr̥śā adhikāradr̥śā ca samānāḥ eva vartante. Ete sarve cetanā-tarka-śaktibhyāṁ susampannāḥ santi. Api ca, sarve’pi bandhutva-bhāvanayā parasparaṁ vyavaharantu.

Source: http://www.visiblemantra.org/human-rights.html


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 Siddham script

Siddham fonts

Some of the writing systems used to write Sanskrit

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

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