- Ranjana script
Infobox Writing system
Nepal Bhasa Sanskrit
footnotes= [a] The Semitic origin of the Brahmic scripts is not universally agreed upon.
The Ranjana script (syn: "Kutila", "Lantsa" [ [http://www.omniglot.com/writing/ranjana.htm Omniglot] ] ) is an
abugidawriting system developed as a derivate of Brāhmī in 11th century [ [http://www.jwajalapa.com/lipi/index.php Jwajalapa] ] . It is primarily used for writing Nepal Bhasabut is also used in monasteries of India, Tibet, coastline China, Mongolia, and Japan[ [http://www.jwajalapa.com/lipi/index.php Jwajalapa] ] . It is usually written from left to right but the Kutakshar form is written from top to bottom [ [http://www.jwajalapa.com/lipi/index.php Jwajalapa] ] . It is considered to be the calligraphyform of Nepal scripts.
It is a
Brahmic script[ [http://www.omniglot.com/writing/ranjana.htm Omniglot] ] and shows similarities to the Devanagariscript of northern Indiaand Nepal. The script is also used in most of the Mahayanaand Vajrayanamonasteries [ [http://www.jwajalapa.com/lipi/index.php Nepal Lipi : The Nepalese Scripts ] ] . Along with the Prachalit script, it is considered as one of the scripts of Nepal [ [http://www.asianart.com/articles/inscriptions/index.html Asian art] ] .
The holy book
Arya Astasahasrika PrajnaparamitaSutra, lettered in gold ink, written by Bhiksu Ananda of Kapitanagar [ [http://nagarjunainstitute.com/bs_hiranya.htm Nagarjuna Institute : Buddhist Sites of Nepal - Hiraynavarna Mahavihara ] ] and dating back to the Nepal Sambatyear 345 (1215 A.D.), illustrates the glorious history of the script.
It is the formal script of Nepal duly registered in the United Nation while applying for the free Nation. Therefore, it is vital script to all Nepalese as well.
The script is used primarily to write Nepal Bhasa, though sometimes also used to write
Sanskrit. In Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist traditions, it is famously used to write various mantras including the "Om mane padme hum" [ [http://www.teachingsofthebuddha.com/om_mani_padme_hum.htm Teachings og Buddha] ] [ [http://www.dharma-haven.org/tibetan/meaning-of-om-mani-padme-hung.htm Dharma Haven] ] mantra of Aryawalokirteshwar, the Mantra of Arya Tara "Om tare tuttare ture svaha", and the mantra of Manjushree "Om ara pa cana dhi" [ [http://www.geocities.com/ranjanafont/introduction.htm Ranjana font] ] . The script is also used in Hindu scriptures [ [http://www.asianart.com/exhibitions/svision/i49.html Asian art] ] .
In Tibet, the script is called Lantsa and used to write the original texts of Sanskrit [ [http://www.omniglot.com/writing/ranjana.htm Ranjana script and Nepal Bhasa (Newari) language ] ] .
After falling into disuse in the mid-20th century, the script has recently seen dramatically increased use. It is used by many local governments such as those of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City, Bhaktapur Municipality, Thimi Municipality, Kirtipur Municipality, Banepa Municipality, in signboards, letterpads, and such. Regular programs are held in the Kathmandu Valley to promote the script and training classes are held to preserve the language. The script is being endorsed by the Nepal Bhasa movement and is used for headings in newspapers and websites.
A Nepalese-German project is trying to conserve the manuscripts of Ranjana script [ [http://malaiya.tripod.com/ranjana/ Ranjana Script ] ] .
A Unicode block for the script has also been proposed by Evertype [ [http://www.evertype.com/standards/tai/newari.pdf Everton] ] .
* [http://malaiya.tripod.com/ranjana/ Ranjana script]
* [http://www.omniglot.com/writing/ranjana.htm Newari/Ranjana script page on Omniglot]
* [http://www.evertype.com/standards/tai/newari.pdf Proposal for encoding Newari in Unicode]
* [http://www.jwajalapa.com/lipi/index.php Jwajalapa]
* [http://malaiya.tripod.com/ranjana/ranjanacomb.gifExample of script]
* [http://www.geocities.com/ranjanafont/manuscripts.htm Manuscripts in Ranjana]
* [http://www.lantsha-vartu.org/ranjanascript/index.html Ranjana script]
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