This is a Free live webinar Course on Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi, one of the beginner-level texts of Paninian Grammar. Focus of the course will be on helping learners understand the basic structure and functioning of the sutra-system of Grammar, and applying the rules to basic sandhi processes.
Good knowledge of basic Sanskrit grammar, including Shabdaroopas, Dhaaturoopas, Sandhi, Samaasa, Kridanta, Prayoga. Preferably, learners should have passed any of the exams equivalent to Kovida (Samskrita Bharati) / Samartha (Chittoor Board) / Pravesha (SSS) / Kovida (BVB).
Understanding spoken Sanskrit essential.
Syllabus – Basics of Sanskrit language and grammar – knowledge of Shabdaroopas and Dhaturoopas, sentence construction, vibhaktis and lakaaras, basics of sandhis and samaasas, prayogas
“काणादं पाणिनीयं च सर्वशास्त्रोपकारकम्”
(Tarka and Vyakarana are helpful for the study of all shaastras)
This is a popular saying which highlights the importance of studying Paninian Grammar. A basic knowledge of grammar is essential for all students who wish to study any literature or shaastra in Sanskrit. Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi by Varadaraja is one of the most popular entry level texts for Paninian Grammar.
Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi was authored by Varadaraja, a student of Bhattoji Dikshita. Bhattoji Dikshita’s monumental work, Vaiyakarana Siddhanta Kaumudi, is one of the foundational texts of Vyakarana, where all the sutras of the Ashtadhyayi are discussed with explanation and examples.
Varadaraja condensed and abridged the elaborate and detailed Siddhanta Kaumudi to create the Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi, for the use of beginners and students of other shaastras who wish to gain basic knowledge of Paninian system. Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi contains 1270 sutras (about 30% of the total number), and covers the basics of all prakaranas/topics. Therefore, it is popularly included in the syllabus of many undergraduate courses in Sanskrit.
This course is the first part of a series on Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi, and will cover the following 4 chapters.
1. संज्ञाप्रकरणम् – Covers the basic technical terms of Vyakarana, including इत्संज्ञा, division of svaras, स्थान-प्रयत्न elaboration for all letters, concept of सवर्ण
2. अच्सन्धिप्रकरणम् – covers rules concerned with modification of अच् letters. 7 sandhis – यण्सन्धि, यान्तवान्तादेशसन्धि, गुणसन्धि, वृद्धिसन्धि, पररूपसन्धि, पूर्वरूपसन्धि and सवर्णदीर्घसन्धि are covered, including some rules on prohibition of Sandhi (प्रकृतिभाव)
3. हल्सन्धिप्रकरणम् – covers aadeshas and aagamas for consonant letters, with detailed rules for श्चुत्वसन्धि, ष्टुत्वसन्धि, जश्त्वसन्धि, अनुनासिकसन्धि, परसवर्णसन्धि, पूर्वसवर्णसन्धि, चर्त्वसन्धि, छत्वसन्धि, अनुस्वारसन्धि, कुक्-टुक्-धुट्-तुक्-ङमुट्-सुट् आगमाः
4. विसर्गसन्धिप्रकरणम् – covers the modifications of visarga, and also sandhis which don’t involve visarga directly but are commonly identified as visargasandhi.
Note – Further portions of Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi are planned to be covered in other parts, which will be announced as separate courses post-completion of Part 1.
Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi is prescribed as part of the syllabus for various exams in the Prak Shastri, Shastri Setu and Shastri Levels in Mukta Swadhyaya Peetham, RSVP Tirupati and KSU BA. This course covers the initial chapter of the technical terms that is संज्ञाs and then three सन्धिs – अच्, हल् and विसर्ग.
Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi along with Ashtadhyayi is also suggested as the primary vyakarana text for people studying Vedanta as their main subject in many of the vedantic traditions.
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1. When is the Entrance Test?
Sunday, 9th August 2020, at 6:30 PM.
2. How will the Entrance Test be conducted?
Once you register for the Entrance Test, you will receive an invite to a webinar session. We will give instructions and share the link to the test during the webinar. You would have to complete the test and submit it within 45 minutes.
3. What kind of questions will be asked in the Entrance Test?
The Test will have 30 multiple choice questions, covering basic Sanskrit Grammar (Shabdaroopas, Dhaaturoopas, Sandhi, Samaasa, Kridanta, Prayoga). Questions will be in Sanskrit only.
4. How do I register for the Entrance Test?
Please click on this link and fill out the details – https://forms.gle/LTyPQsHDyTZbAAaaA
5. I have already passed some exams in Sanskrit. Will I be given any exemption?
No, whatever the exams you have passed, you will need to take the Entrance Test to enter the course.
1. How are the classes conducted?
The classes will be conducted online through a tool called GoToWebinar. Students can join the classes through their computers or smartphones.
2. Are the classes live?
Yes. Live sessions are conducted weekly between Monday, Friday and Sunday – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM IST. Only 500 attendees can enter the live webinar room on a first-come basis.
Monday and Friday will be teaching sessions. On Sundays, solutions to the exercises will be discussed.
3. Can I ask questions / doubts?
Yes, you can get your doubts clarified during the QA portion of the live sessions.
4. Is attending the live sessions enough, or is any extra work expected?
This is a shaastra course, and requires rigorous, regular study. 3-4 hours of self-study per week is expected, in addition to attending the classes. There will be exercises given in every class, and there will be regular assessments for every unit.
1. What will be the language used in the classes?
The lectures will be in Sanskrit. Very good familiarity with Spoken Sanskrit is recommended.
2. How are the sessions structured?
Each session in the course is of 60-70 minutes duration. It will usually have two parts, each part contains explanation, worked-examples, and doubt-clearing/QA.
Every class will have homework exercises. In the exercise discussion session, students will be given an opportunity to share their answers, and ask any doubts.
3. What does the course cover?
संज्ञाप्रकरणम् (Samjna Prakaranam) सन्धयः (Sandhis) (अच्सन्धिः (Achsandhi) हल्सन्धिः (Halsandhi) विसर्गसन्धिश्च (Visargasandhi) [Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi by Varadaraja]
4. What is the fee for this course?
The course is free of cost. Participants may give a voluntary Gurudakshina as donation to Vyoma Labs.
Dr. Sowmya Krishnapur
Tutorial Assistance (Exercise Discussion sessions)
Smt. Sharada Krishnamoorthy
On successful completion of the course, a Certificate will be issued based on Attendance, participation in mid-course tests, and Final assessment.