Diploma in Paninian Grammar

(This programme will be conducted in online mode.)

Programme details for Academic year 2024-25

Commencement Date: 3rd August 2024
Days: Tuesdays and  Saturdays 
Timing: 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm      


The Ashtadhyayi, a text of Sanskrit grammar, was written by Panini more than 2500 years ago. This work consists of approximately 4000 Sutras which formalize every aspect of Sanskrit grammar, including but not limited to phonetics, euphony, derivation, inflexion, syntax and semantics.

This text remains an unparalleled treatise of grammar in time as well as across languages and has been a subject of study of every linguistic scholar. In order to study Ashtadhyayi under modules that target specific topics, grammarians have suggested a change in the order of Sutras. The primary book that is based on such a targeted operation-based approach is the Vaiyakarana-Siddhanta-kaumudi of Bhattoji Dikshit. It is under this tradition that an abridged work titled Laghu-siddhanta-kaumudi was composed by Varadaraja. This work, since it includes a lesser number of Sutras, now acts as a primer to the Ashtadhyayi, and is recommended for students who have no prior understanding or study of technical Sanskrit grammar.

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Key Information


1. HSC or equivalent. 

2. Prior Knowledge of Basic Sanskrit acquired through any 6-12 month course or equivalent.



Teaching-learning occurs with the introduction to the fundamental principles of Sanskrit grammar in general, and the Ashtadhyayi of Panini, in particular. It gives the primary idea of Paninian Grammar to the students and prepares them for an in-depth study of the same. In this course selected Sutras of the Ashtadhyayi are taught through the Prakriya text Laghu- Siddhantakaumudi of Varadaraja.


Laghusiddhantakaumudi Workshop


Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham has expert faculty members, who have several years of experience in this field. They are drawn from the field of Yoga, Sanskrit and Philosophy and bring diverse perspectives that enhance teaching learning outcomes.

By learning Paninian Grammar and pursuing the study of Ashtadhyayi a student is able to understand the Sanskrit language and original texts without being dependent on any translations. This course is specially designed so that students are able to pursue an M.A. in Sanskrit without any prior study of Ashtadhyayi at their under- graduate level. This programme prepares students for a detailed study of the Ashtadhyayi offered as a 2-year Diploma in Ashtadhyayi at the Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham.

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies has a library with over 30,000 books, which is an important resource.

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies regularly organises special lectures, seminars and workshops on different themes in areas of Religion, Culture and Philosophy. In addition, there are field trips to heritage sites. This offers students opportunities to meet students of other disciplines in informal learning forums which is an unmatched experience.

Programme Outcomes

At the end of successful completion of the course the student will be able to understand principles of Sanskrit grammar and develop an understanding of Sanskrit syntax and semantics which shall help him advance in reading and writing in the Sanskrit language.

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