The Cambridge Introduction To SanskritA.M.Ruppel

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Sample Chapters

Would you like to get a taste of the book? Do you have the book, but want to see the devanāgarī script in larger size while you are still learning to read and write? Here is a .pdf file of Chapters 1 and 2.

Key to the Exercises

Please go to the Contact page to ask for the Key to the Exercises. (The Key is not available for download on this site as there are various teachers using the book in their classes, and they would prefer for their students to not have automatic access to all the answers.)


Devanāgarī practice handout     A4    Letter
Devanāgarī poster      A4     Letter        A3
Reference grammar      A4     Letter
Sandhi overview      A4     Letter
Vocabulary      A4     Letter


A list of all typos and other mistakes in the CIS identified so far can be downloaded here.


There are electronic flashcards for all the vocabulary in the book, ordered by chapters, as well as for all noun and many verb forms, available on Brainscape. The code to freely access all card sets, should Brainscape ask for it, is here.

The CIS Twitter account (currently inactive) can be found here and its Facebook presence here.

External Websites

There are many websites offering Sanskrit resources. Good collections of links can be found e.g. here or here. The direct links below are the ones the author finds the most useful.

For learning how to write devanāgarī: Sanskrit Alphabet Tutor.

For typing devanāgarī: the CIS was written using Adobe Devanagari which was entered with the Heidelberg Input Solution.

For practising Sanskrit noun forms: The Sanskrit Declension Trainer. For various other Sanskrit language resources, go to

For looking up Sanskrit words: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries offers access to a large number of digitised dictionaries. This one is particularly user-friendly and works both from Sanskrit into English and vice versa.

The pdfs of reference works mentioned in the CIS are here: Whitney’s Sanskrit Grammar, Macdonell’s Sanskrit Grammar, Lanman’s Sanskrit Reader, Macdonell’s Vedic Reader.

Once your Sanskrit knowledge is more advanced and you want to look at more Sanskrit texts in the original, you may find the extensive text databanks at GRETIL and TITUS helpful. The Internet Sacred Text Archive has fewer texts, but offers translations for some.

Finally, the Indology websites offers a variety of resources; the mailing list it hosts links Indologists from all across the globe.

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