Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
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  • Further it can also be studied as an optional module in other B.A./M.A. programmes
Module Information
  • Begins in Wintersemester
  • Duration: 2 Semester
  • Credit Points: 24
  • Consists of two Courses
  • Sanskrit I in Wintersemester
  • (8 Hrs./Week)
  • Sanskrit II in Summersemester
  • (8 Hrs./Week)
Teaching material online
Thomas Lehmann:
Sanskrit für Anfänger
Language Classes
Course Guidance
  • Anand Mishra, M.A.
  • Contact hours:
  • Tues. 02:00-04:00 p.m.
  • (and also by arrangement)
  • South Asia Institute, Room 305
  • (Email:)  E-Mail

Foundation Course in Sanskrit

Sanskrit is the connecting cord to the civilization of south asia. It plays a central role in the transmission of cultural and religious heritage of the indian subcontinent as well as recording the continuity and change in social structures and political institutions of this region. Most of the philosophical and religious texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism are composed in Sanskrit.

From linguistic perspective, it is the principal among the indo-iranian languages, has a pre-classical (Vedic) and classical form and has significantly influenced most modern languages of south asia, especially in North India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

The corpus of Sanskrit consists of a rich tradition of literary and poetical compositions, philosophical texts, scientific works, ritual manuals and an enormous collection of documents containing significant details about the cultural and religious history of south asia.

Sanskrit in Heidelberg is taught as a medium to explore and comprehend the multifarious aspects of the social, cultural, political and religious institutions of historical and contemporary south asia.

It aims to

  • impart a sound foundation in the grammatical structure and usage of the language
  • develop necessary competence in reading and interpreting primary texts
  • gain preliminary exposition in the philological methods of textual analysis
  • acquire the skills to critically examine the textual data in its contextual underpinnings


  • FILLIOZAT, Pierre-Sylvain. 2000. The Sanskrit Language: An Overview. History and Structure, Linguistic and Philosophical Representations, Uses and Users. Varanasi: Indica Books
  • LEHMANN, Thomas. Sanskrit für Anfänger - Ein Lehr- und Übungsbuch
    Band 1: Grammatik (313 Seiten, 1.5 MB), PDF
    Band 2: Texte, Übungen & Vokabular (230 Seiten, 1 MB), PDF
    Begleitband: Einführung in die Devanagari-Schrift , PDF

Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit in Heidelberg

Apart from the regular courses, the Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit is a unique opportunity to learn and practice spoken Sanskrit in a dynamic fashion. More ...

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