Divya Joshi

Divya Joshi

For Divya Joshi, Sanskrit is more than just an ancient language. It's a living connection to her ancestors and the treasures of Indian civilisation.

Renowned for its beauty, subtlety and complexity, Sanskrit is the primary liturgical language of Hinduism.

"My family has been chanting Sanskrit mantras for generations, but I never quite understood the meaning or symbolism behind the words," said Divya, who is studying a Bachelor of Laws/Arts.

She added Sanskrit to her degree in her second year at ANU. As the only university in the Southern Hemisphere to offer a full three-year minor in the language, students from all over the world study the classical language both on campus and online.

"My decision to study Sanskrit has been one of the best I've ever made. I only wish I had known about it earlier in my first year. It's given me a new perspective into my own culture and broadened my horizons as a student," added Divya.

By the end of the course, students are able to conduct a coherent conversation on a range of simple topics.

Best of all, Divya gets to recite Sanskrit chants with new friends and deeper meaning.

"In addition to the academic rigour, there is a unique spiritual element to our classes. We begin and end each lesson by chanting mantras. It's a fun and meaningful way to learn," she said.

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Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team