Newa script   Prachalit Nepal

The Newa script is an abugida or syllabic alphabet used mainly to write Newar (Nepāl Bhāṣā), a Sino-Tibetan language spoken mainly in Nepal. It is also used to write Sanskrit, Pali, Nepali, Hindi, Bengali and Maithili. It developed from the Brahmi script of ancient India. The name prac(h)alit means 'popular'. Other names for this script include Pracalit, Prachalit Nepal, Nepalakshar, Newah Akhah and Pachumol.

The Newa script was quite widely used in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal until 1769. Since then its use has declined. There are two varities of Newa: flat-headed and curve-headed, and it is closely related to Devanagari.

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Newa script (𑐥𑑂𑐬𑐔𑐮𑐶𑐟 𑐣𑐾𑐥𑐵𑐮)

Newa script

Download an alphabet chart for Newa (Excel)

How to write and pronounce the Newa script:

Sample text in Newar in the Newa script

Sample text in Newar in the Newa script

Source:, from the Lipi Pau Monthly newspaper (February 2009)


Information about the Newa script

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

Ahom, Badaga, Balinese, Batak, Baybayin (Tagalog), Bengali, Bilang-bilang, Bima, Blackfoot, Brahmi, Buhid, Burmese, Carrier, Chakma, Cham, Cree, Dehong Dai, Devanagari, Ditema, Dives Akuru, Ethiopic, Evēla Akuru, Fraser, Gondi, Goykanadi, Grantha, Gujarati, Gupta, Gurmukhi, Hanifi, Hanuno'o, Inuktitut, Javanese, Jenticha, Kaithi, Kannada, Kawi, Kerinci, Kharosthi, Khmer, Khojki, Kulitan, Lampung, Lanna, Lao, Lepcha, Limbu, Lontara/Makasar, Lota Ende, Malayalam, Manpuri, Meroïtic, Modi, Mon, Mongolian Horizontal Square Script, Nandinagari, Newa, Ojibwe, Odia, Pahawh Hmong, Pallava, Phags-pa, Ranjana, Redjang, Sasak, Satera Jontal, Shan, Sharda, Siddham, Sindhi, Sinhala, Sorang Sompeng, Sourashtra, Soyombo, Sundanese, Syloti Nagri, Tagbanwa, Takri, Tamil, Thaana, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigalari (Tulu), Tikamuli, Tocharian, Tolong Siki, Varang Kshiti

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