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The Devanagari alphabet

The Devanagari alphabet is used for:

  • Hindi, the official language of India

  • Sanskrit, the primary South Asian classical language

  • Marathi, the state language of the Indian state of Maharashtra

  • Nepali, the official language of the Kingdom of Nepal

It is also used for a number of other Indian languages and dialects and is closely related to most of the scripts in use today in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Tibet.


Learn to write the Devanagari letters

The Devanagari letters are formed using strokes in a particular direction and order. For legible Hindi handwriting these steps should be carefully followed.

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Updated:  20 February 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, Culture, History & Language /Page Contact:  CHL webmaster