Sharada script

Śāradā
Kashmiri Shaivaite manuscript (17th or 18th century)
Type
Languages Sanskrit, Kashmiri
Time period
c. 800 CEpresent (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+11180U+111DF
[a] The Semitic origin of the Brahmic scripts is not universally agreed upon.

The Śāradā, 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.

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

Letters

Independent vowel signs

Dependent vowel signs

Consonants

Numerals

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

Unicode

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+11180U+111DF:

Sharada[1][2]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
 0123456789ABCDEF
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 11.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points

See also

References

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

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