It is also the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
Scholars distinguish between Vedic Sanskrit and its descendant, Classical Sanskrit, however these two varieties are very similar and differ mostly in a some points of phonology, grammar, and vocabulary.
Sanskrit mantras are recited by millions of Hindus and most temple functions are conducted entirely in Sanskrit, often Vedic in form.
The vocabularies of prestige varieties of Indian languages, such as Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, and Marathi, are heavily Sanskritized.
Sanskrit, meaning ‘perfected’ or ‘refined’, is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, of of all attested human languages.
It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European family.
In India and in Southeast Asia, Sanskrit enjoys a status similar to that of Latin and Greek in the Western world.
According to the 2001 census reported in Ethnologue, it is used as a first language by 14,100 in India and by 15,770 worldwide, as well as by 194,000 as a second language in India.
In addition, there are trace amounts of the unstable isotope carbon-14 (14C) on Earth. One of the most frequent uses of radiocarbon dating is to estimate the age of organic remains from archaeological sites. Carbon dating, also known as radiocarbon dating, is a method of estimating the age of carbon-bearing materials up to 60,000 years old.Even though it is not a spoken language, its significance is such that it is one of the 22 official languages of India.As an integral part of Hindu tradition and philosophy, Sanskrit is mostly used today as a ceremonial language in Hindu religious rituals. Sanskrit exerted a great deal of influence on all languages and cultures of the Indian subcontinent and beyond it.