India is the world’s largest and richest Sanskrit dictionary has been prepared. However, the work on this is still going on. A team of 22 researchers and professors of Sanskrit has been engaged to prepare it. After a long wait of 7 decades, students and common people have got permission to use Sanskrit dictionary at Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute.
The beginning of its preparation was started in 1948. In this, the number of Sanskrit words is estimated to reach 20 lakhs. It is being said that this will be the largest Sanskrit dictionary in the world. Know, how it started and how its journey till now…
started in 1948
Deccan College linguist and Sanskrit professor S. M. Katare started this project in 1948. He was the first general editor of this dictionary. After this, Professor A. M. Ghatge started the work. Work on this project continued for the last 7 decades. At present a team of 22 people is working for this dictionary. Which is preparing to publish the 36th volume of the dictionary.
Between 1948 and 1973, 40 scholars worked for the dictionary. He started it with Rigveda. Ancient writings were used to make the dictionary vast. 1,464 books were read. According to the Indian Express report, it contains words related to subjects like Vedas, philosophy, literature, theology, Vedanga, grammar, tantra, epic, mathematics, architecture, medicine, veterinary science, agriculture, music, inscriptions, war, politics, compilation. has been included.
It took 25 years just to separate the words
According to the report, it took scholars 25 years to separate the words from 1,464 books. The words taken from these books are kept in the form of a slip in 3,057 metal drawers. The dictionary has not only included words, but where they have been taken from and the necessary references have also been told from them.
The words in the dictionary have been started with ‘agni’. Sarika Mishra, editorial assistant of this project says, “During the preparation, many times such words also came up when a single word had 20 to 25 meanings. Their meanings were also changing in the context of different books. In such a situation, its best meanings were understood and included in the dictionary. After the words were entered on record, it was sent for proof read and sent to the General Editor for review. Only after that it was officially included in the dictionary.
It took 3 to prepare the first volume of the dictionary. It was published in 1976. So far 35 volumes of it have been prepared. In its early days there was no software to scan the pages, now in the digital era the work has improved a bit because now scanning has become easier due to software.
Now preparing to bring digital version
The project’s 9th General Editor and Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Prasad Joshi says, minute by minute work is being done for the dictionary. Professor Prasad Joshi’s father and uncle were also associated with this project. This project has been named ‘Koshree’. Project experts say that digital copies of the dictionary will be launched soon to make it accessible to as many people as possible. It is being prepared through software. Testing is going on for this.
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