Nāgarī script

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Copper plates NMND-1.JPG
Copper plates in Nāgarī script, 1035 CE
Type Abugida
Languages Sanskrit
Old Javanese
Old Sundanese
Time period
c. 750–?
Parent systems
Child systems
Sister systems
[a] The Semitic origin of the Brahmic scripts is not universally agreed upon.

The Nāgarī script is the ancestor of Devanagari and other variants, and was first used to write Prakrit and Sanskrit. It was in vogue from before the 10th century.1

The Nāgarī script appeared in ancient India around the 8th century CE as an eastern variant of the Gupta script (whereas Śāradā was the western variety). In turn it branched off into several scripts, such as Devanagari and Nandinagari, and also influenced the development of the Śāradā-derived Gurmukhī script.


  1. ^ Devanagari through the ages,Issue 8 of Publication, India Central Hindi Directorate Issue 8 of Publication (Instituut voor Toegepaste Sociologie te Nijmegen). Published 1967 Original from the University of California. 1967. 

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