What is Panchama Veda in Sanskrit

Sanskrit: language from the Indian region

Sanskrit is a language from the Indian region. It is rarely spoken today, but some traditional writings are still relevant.

Many important works in the Indian teachings of Ayurveda, yoga or meditation are written in Sanskrit.

Even if these are now available in modern translations, the classical scriptures are still the basis of training for some therapists in India.

Definition and origin

Sanskrit is an ancient language that has its origins in what is now India and is still important today for religious or ritual occasions. In everyday life, however, it is hardly spoken or written.

Sanskrit belongs to the Indo-European language family and is around 1200 BC. BC originated. It was mainly used in a religious context and is considered the typical language of the highest caste of priests (Brahmins) in India. (1)

The Vedas, which are written in an early form of the language, are considered to be one of the oldest documents in Sanskrit. Sanskrit can be written in different scripts, the best known being the Devanagari script.

In medicine as well as in the fields of philosophy or religion, Sanskrit language skills are still common or necessary in order to be able to understand the classical teachings of ancient India.

Sanskrit in Ayurveda

From a therapeutic point of view, Sanskrit is of great importance in Indian medicine, Ayurveda. Most of the foundations of today's knowledge have been handed down and written in Sanskrit.

The linguistic origin of Sanskrit is still visible today in Ayurveda therapies. The names of the individual treatments and the word Ayurveda itself come from Sanskrit. The Sanskrit word "Ayur" stands for "life" and the word "Veda" for "knowledge".

Even if Ayurveda is now taught in German in Germany, the original basic texts are still important. In India in particular, the Sanskrit texts are still sometimes used for training.

Well-known works in Sanskrit

In Ayurveda therapy, as well as in other spiritual teachings, the knowledge relates to the classical Sanskrit works of ancient India. Many of the scriptures were and are also an important basis for Hinduism.

In Ayurveda, the three works Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Vagbhata Samhita are particularly important. These are collected works (Samhita), which were named after the respective authors. They are still among the standard works of Ayurveda today.

The oldest and most famous works are the Vedas, which are a collection of religious texts. They also include the Upanishads with information on the teachings of yoga. The standard work of yoga, however, is the yoga sutra with the most important elements of the teaching.


  1. Wikipedia.org: Sanskrit, accessed January 11, 2016.

Author: MZ