3 August marks as a World Sanskrit Day, (also known as Sanskrit Diwas). That Day celebrated annually on Shraavanapoornima, that is the Poornima day of the Shraavana month in the Hindu calendar, which is also marked as Raksha Bandhan. The day commemorates the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit and aims to promote its revival and maintenance.

History of World Sanskrit Day

In 1969, Indian Govt decided to celebrate World Sanskrit Day, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan that falls on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana. This language is known to be one of the oldest languages in the world. Also, many languages find its roots in Sanskrit including Hindi, Gujarati, and Bengali.

Origins of Sanskrit

Around 3500 years ago, Sanskrit originated in India and an old Indo-Arya language. There are several legends associated with the language. However, in the written form the origin of Sanskrit language is traced back to the second millennium BCE (Before the Common Era) when the Rig Veda, a collection of hymns was said to be written.

3 August World Sanskrit Day