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The Śāradā or Sarada or Sharada script is an abugida writing system of the Brahmic family of scripts, developed before the 3rd century. It was used for writing Sanskrit and Kashmiri. The Gurmukhī script was developed from Śāradā. Originally more widespread, its use became later restricted to Kashmir, and it is now rarely used except by the Kashmiri Pandit community for ceremonial purposes.

Śāradā
Kashmir Sharada MS.jpg
Kashmiri Shaivaite manuscript (17th or 18th century)
Type
Languages Sanskrit, Kashmiri
Time period
c. 800 CE–present (almost extinct)
Parent systems
Child systems
Gurmukhī
Takri
Landa
Sister systems
Nāgarī
Siddhaṃ
Direction Left-to-right
ISO 15924 Shrd, 319
Unicode alias
Sharada
U+11180–U+111DF
[a] The Semitic origin of the Brahmic scripts is not universally agreed upon.

This is a native script of Kashmir and named after the deity, Goddess Śāradā.[1] Śāradā is another name for Saraswati, the goddess of learning.

Contents

LettersEdit

Independent vowel signsEdit

 

Dependent vowel signsEdit

 

ConsonantsEdit

 

NumeralsEdit

 

Sharada script uses its own signs for the positional decimal numeral system.

Image galleryEdit

UnicodeEdit

Śāradā script was added to the Unicode Standard in January, 2012 with the release of version 6.1.

The Unicode block for Śāradā script, called Sharada, is U+11180–U+111DF:

Sharada[1][2]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+1118x 𑆀 𑆁 𑆂 𑆃 𑆄 𑆅 𑆆 𑆇 𑆈 𑆉 𑆊 𑆋 𑆌 𑆍 𑆎 𑆏
U+1119x 𑆐 𑆑 𑆒 𑆓 𑆔 𑆕 𑆖 𑆗 𑆘 𑆙 𑆚 𑆛 𑆜 𑆝 𑆞 𑆟
U+111Ax 𑆠 𑆡 𑆢 𑆣 𑆤 𑆥 𑆦 𑆧 𑆨 𑆩 𑆪 𑆫 𑆬 𑆭 𑆮 𑆯
U+111Bx 𑆰 𑆱 𑆲 𑆳 𑆴 𑆵 𑆶 𑆷 𑆸 𑆹 𑆺 𑆻 𑆼 𑆽 𑆾 𑆿
U+111Cx 𑇀 𑇁  𑇂   𑇃  𑇄 𑇅 𑇆 𑇇 𑇈 𑇉 𑇊 𑇋 𑇌 𑇍
U+111Dx 𑇐 𑇑 𑇒 𑇓 𑇔 𑇕 𑇖 𑇗 𑇘 𑇙 𑇚 𑇛 𑇜 𑇝 𑇞 𑇟
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 10.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points

See alsoEdit

  • Lipi – writing scripts in Buddhist, Hindu and Jaina texts
  • Sharada Peeth in Kashmir

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pandits to visit Sharda temple". The Hindu. 17 May 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 

External linksEdit