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Sanskrit is one of the ancient languages of the world. In fact, Tamil and Sanskrit are considered to be the oldest languages spoken by mankind. As such, it is quite surprising that not many places in the world use Sanskrit as a regional language for day-to-day communication. Several languages are used on a daily basis all across the globe, English and Spanish being the most prominent. India itself has 22 official languages and more than a thousand dialects. With so many spoken languages, Sanskrit has been limited to ancient texts. However, there is still one village in south India which uses Sanskrit as its regional language. Located in the state of Karnataka near the Sivamoga city, Mattur is a small hamlet on the banks of the Tunga river. It is known for its usage of the Sanskrit language. (ALSO SEE Beautiful pictures of Mawlynnong that prove it is truly the cleanest village in Asia) Also Read - Mouni Roy Goes Bold in Hot Blue Bikini as She Flaunts Her Perfect Washboard Abs, Throwback Pictures go Viral
Mattur is primarily as a temple town and has a temple of Rama, a Shivalaya, a Someshwara temple and a Lakshmikeshava temple. However, it is not a tourist spot yet. It has no restaurants or hotels. What makes the village special is that it is not just India’s but the world’s last Sanskrit speaking village. Sanskrit is used as a language for regular, day-to-day conversations here. It has around 5,000 residents who all speak Sanskrit. But do not make the mistake of assuming that it is a backward village with no education. The schools in Mattur are known to have some of the best academic records in the Shimoga district. Teachers believe that learning Sanskrit helps the students develop an aptitude for math and logic. As a matter of fact, many of Matturs young ones have gone abroad to study engineering or medicine. The village boasts of at least one software engineer in every family! And yet, to be in touch with their roots, the villagers lead a Vedic lifestyle, chant the ancient texts and converse in Sanskrit. This is what has led to the flourishing of Sanskrit in this village. Also Read - Telangana May Extend Coronavirus Lockdown Beyond April 15, Says CM K Chandrasekhar Rao
In fact, Mattur has produced over 30 Sanskrit professors who now teach in various universities. The village itself offers free 20-day courses to teach Sanskrit. Along with its twin village Hosahalli which is located across the Tunga river, Mattur can make for a good rural tourism spot for those who prefer the unconventional trip. It is around 8 km from Shimoga and quite easy to get to. So, do consider this wonderful village in Karnataka for your next trip!
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