Sharda alphabet   𑆯𑆳𑆫𑆢𑆳 (šāradā)

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. It was used in that area until the 12th century.

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

Sharda is also known as Sharada, Sarada or Śāradā.

Notable features

Sharda alphabet

Sharda alphabet

The numbers shown here are in Kashmiri.

Download alphabet charts for Sharda (Excel)

Details supplied by Biswajit Mandal (biswajitmandal[dot]bm90[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Sample texts in Sharda

Sample text in the Sharda alphabet

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

Sample text in the Sharda alphabet

Transliteration

Saerey loukh tche huquq te ezzat lihaaz hehey zamit. Teman tche zameer te aqel dene aamech. Tawai paze teman bhae baraderi saan rozun.

Hear a recording of this text by Waqar Shah

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Links

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

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

Some of the writing systems used to write Sanskrit

Bhaiksuki, Brāhmi, Devanāgari, Galik, Grantha, Gupta, Kadamba, Kharosthi, Nandinagari, Sharda, Siddham, Thai, Tibetan

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

Ahom, Aima, Badaga, Balinese, Balti-A, Balti-B, Batak, Baybayin (Tagalog), Bengali, Bhaiksuki, Bilang-bilang, Bima, Blackfoot, Brahmi, Buhid, Burmese, Carrier, Chakma, Cham, Cree, Dehong Dai, Devanagari, Dham Lipi, Ditema, Dives Akuru, Dogra, Ethiopic, Evēla Akuru, Fraser, Gond, Goykanadi, Grantha, Gujarati, Gunjala Gondi, Gupta, Gurmukhi, Hanifi, Hanuno'o, Ibalnan, Inuktitut, Javanese, Jenticha, Kaithi, Kadamba, Kannada, Kawi, Kerinci, Kharosthi, Khema, Khe Phri, Khmer, Khojki, Khudabadi, Kirat Rai, Kulitan, Lampung, Lanna, Lao, Lepcha, Limbu, Lontara/Makasar, Lota Ende, Magar Akkha, Mahajani, Malayalam, Manpuri, Meroïtic, Masarm Gondi, Modi, Mon, Mongolian Horizontal Square Script, Multani, Nandinagari, Newa, Ojibwe, Odia, Pahawh Hmong, Pallava, Phags-pa, Ranjana, Redjang, Sasak, Savara, Satera Jontal, Shan, Sharda, Siddham, Sinhala, Sorang Sompeng, Sourashtra, Soyombo, Sundanese, Syloti Nagri, Tagbanwa, Takri, Tamil, Tanchangya (Ka-Pat), Tani, Thaana, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigalari (Tulu), Tikamuli, Tocharian, Tolong Siki, Vatteluttu, Warang Citi


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