What if I told you that in the era where India is totally consumed by western culture, where people are carried away from their roots and the one who doesn’t speak English is called “Illeterate‘, there is still a place where people talk in Sanskrit? shocking right?
Mattur village in Shivamogga district
The Mattur village in Shivamogga district, Karnataka is known as the last Sanskrit speaking village in India, due to the usage of Sanskrit in their day-to-day communication, although their general native language is Kannada. In a country of nearly 138 crores, under 25,000 people consider Sanskrit as their mother tongue. According to the data from the latest Census, less than 0.002 percent of the Indian population spoke the ancient language.
Apparently, Sanskrit is known as the one of the oldest language of not only India, but the whole world. The Sanskrit language is called ‘Devbhasha’. All European languages seem inspired by Sanskrit. It is a classical language belonging to the Indo Aryan branch of the Indo European languages. The languages which is spoken currently like Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi etc. are known to be the descendants of Sanskrit language itself.
Technical and scientific terms in various languages
Sanskrit has a vast vocabulary covering a wide range of subjects, including mathematics, astronomy, medicine, linguistics, philosophy and more. Many technical and scientific terms in various languages find their roots in Sanskrit. Also, various discoveries and mysteries that scientists are finding now were already mentioned in ancient Sanskrit scripts, Vedas, and Puranas thousands of years ago. Be it the distance from Earth to Sun or the Ayurveda, everything is covered in the rich culture and history of Sanskrit.
It is truly a moment of pride to see how this small village is preserving its roots and the Sanskrit language. And we should really try and contribute a little something to them. So, what do you think about this ‘Sanskrit Village’? Do comment and let us now.