Washoe County of Nevada has proclaimed January 12 as Sanskrit Day.
proclamation signed by Robert M. Larkin, Chairman of Washoe County
Commission, under the Seal of Washoe County, says, " PROCLAIMED, That
Washoe County recognizes the importance of the Sanskrit language and
January 12, 2008 as Sanskrit Day".
proclamation is to coincide with two-day Sanskrit language
seminar-cum-class, first of its type in the state, organized by
prominent Hindu chaplain and Indo-American leader, Rajan Zed, here on
January 12-13 next, in which about 50 people are expected to
Washoe County proclamation quotes Mahatma Gandhi as saying "Without the
study of Sanskrit, one cannot become a true learned man".
further says, "As Hinduism expands in the West, it is important that to
understand Hinduism, one should have a working knowledge of Sanskrit."
in Sanskrit) are dated by different scholars from 6500 BCE to 1500 BCE.
Sanskrit language must have evolved to its expressive capability prior
Besides Hindu scriptures, a vast amount of Buddhist and
Jain scriptures were also written in Sanskrit. According to tradition,
self-born God created Sanskrit, which is everlasting and divine. First
scripture of the world, Rig-Veda, was written in Sanskrit. Many Sanskrit works are
still to be translated. Sanskrit has a close relationship with other
classical languages like Latin, Greek, French, German, etc.
German philologist Max Muller once said, "Sanskrit is the greatest
language of the world." In America, scholar William D. Whitney wrote
the Sanskrit Grammar in 1879. Sanskrit is also known as "the language of the gods".