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Introduction to Mahābhāṣyam by Maharshi Patanjali

Introduction to Mahābhāṣyam by Maharshi Patanjali

Mahābhāṣyam, the celebrated commentary on grammar given to the world by Maharṣi Patañjali based on Aṣṭādhyāyī of Maharṣi Pāṇini, deals with the theory of language from Bhāratīya perspective.

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Mahabhayasam, the celebrated commentary on grammar given to the world by Maharshi Patanjali based on Ashtadhyayi of Maharshi Panini, deals with the theory of language from Bharatiya perspective. The siddhantas behind the origin and development of sound, syllable, word, sentence and context and their interrelated features are discussed in this commentary. It consists of nine ahnikas (Units) of which the present course involves two.


  • Introduction to Vyakarana, the science of language.
  • Understand the nuances related to samskrit letters and the rationale behind word and sentence construction
  • Understanding the structure of Ashtadhyayi

Expected Outcomes

  • Understand the role of vyakarana in the development of Samskrit language
  • Gain in-depth insight into the philosophical aspects of the science of language
  • Understanding Paninian system of language construction
  • Know the rationale behind samjnas (terminology) used in Ashtadhyayi
  • Learn about the phonemes, their importance and meaning


  • Students and research scholars in their chosen field of Vyakarana
  • Content Generators/Creators : Authors, bloggers, academicians, editors, translators, non-fictional writers who seek to enhance their language skills
  • Professionals interested in pursuing Vyakarana


  • Ahnika 1
  • Ahnika 2
  • Various commentaries of Mahabhashyam (Samskrit Texts) along with practice in pronunciation.



Dr. Gangadharan Nair

Faculty, Department of Sanskrit and Linguistics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Sukrtindra Oriental Research Institute, Kuthappady, Kochi

Dr. Gangadharan Nair, is a well-renowned Saṁskṛta scholar and a pioneer in the field of spoken Sanskrit. A blend of proficiency in both traditional and modern education in the fields of  saṁskṛta vyākaraṇa and linguistics. A Doctorate degree holder in Saṁskṛta Vyākaraṇa, he has a master’s degree in Russian too. He mentored many students, most notable among them being Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai of the Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership.

Awarded the highest honorary degree of “Mahamahopadhyaya” and recipient of President’s Certificate of Honour, he currently serves as the Hon. Chairman, Chinmaya International Foundation Shodh Sansthan.
He served as a
Member of the senate of the Cochin University of Science and Technology.

Member of the senate of Rashtriya Sanskrit University, Tirupati
Member in the faculty of Oriental studies, A.P. Singh University, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.

As a UGC nominee on the advisory committee of DRS programme of the Department of Sanskrit, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkota.

Dean and Professor of Sanskrit Grammar in Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.

Chairman of the Academic council of Sukrtindra Oriental Research Institute, Kochi and member of the editorial board of the journal of the same institute.