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Karnataka Still Upholds The Rich Legacy Of Sanskrit.It Is Their Official Language!

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Karnataka Still Upholds The Rich Legacy Of Sanskrit.It Is Their Official Language!

Smiling faces greet you as you aimlessly walk the by-lanes of this quaint village called Mattur in Karnataka.

Shubham Bhavatu
(May all good happen to you), is what you’d hear from locals who pass you by. Welcome to the only surviving and thriving Sanskrit village in India.

Mattur is a fascinating surprise that sits on the banks of the Tunga river, less than 10 km from Shimoga town where the local language is Kannada.



There are about 5,000 people residing in this village and almost everyone uses Sanskrit as a language to converse on a daily basis. You read that right - they speak in Sanskrit, also known as ‘Devabhasha’ (language of the Gods). Children of the age 10 are taught the Vedas and Sanskrit shlokas at school.

But don’t assume this is a regressive village. The youth of Mattur are well placed professionals with IT companies, lecturing in colleges and so on. So whoever said being modern or progressive meant forgetting our roots was clearly, as in most cases, tripping on some bad stuff. Take a look at what makes this village among the most unique in the country.

1. Lush green arecanut trees on the way to Mattur from Shimoga.


2. Mattur, the only Indian village where Sanskrit is alive as an everyday language.


3. A 500-year-old tree, behind the village temple, stands witness to Mattur’s history.


4. Mattur is believed to have been formed by the Sankethis, a community of Brahmins that migrated from Kerala.


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