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Sharda alphabet   Sharda alphabet

Origins

The Sharda or Śāradā alphabet developed from the Brahmi script during the second half of the 8th century AD. The earliest known inscription in the Sharda alphabet dates from 774 AD and was discovered in a village called Hund in the west of Pakistan.

Today only a small group of Brahmins continue to use the Sharda alphabet for writing and calculating astrological and ritual formulations.

Notable features

Used to write

Kashmiri, Sanskrit and a number of other languages in the northwest of India, the Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and in parts of Central Asia.

Sharda alphabet

Consonants

Sharda consonants

Vowel diacritics

Sharda vowels

Numerals

Sharda numerals

Sample text in Sharda

Sample text in the Sharda alphabet

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Śāradā_script

Links

Free Sharda font
http://koshur.org/contents.html

The Sharada Script: Origin and Development
http://www.koausa.org/Languages/Sharda.html

Writing system used to write Sanskrit

Brāhmi, Devanāgari, Grantha, Kharoṣṭhi, Śāradā, Siddham, Thai, Tibetan

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas