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Part-14: Conjuncts with "ra"

Samyktakshars involving the consonant "ra" get special shapes. Unlike the other consonants which retain part of their shapes in samyuktakshars, Samyuktakshars with "ra" are written with special ligatures depending on the position occupied by "ra" within the conjunct. When "ra" occurs as the first consonant, it is given a shape called a "Repham", a hook like ligature written above the succeeding consonant. When "ra" occurs as the last consonant in a conjunct, the ligature can vary considerably depending on the consonant involved, if it has a vertical stroke in it etc.

Among the Samyuktakshars, the ones with "ra" in them are quite many in number (typically exceeding 80). Next to "ra", "ya" occurs in many conjuncts.

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Contents

Introduction

Short Vowels

Long Vowels

Support Vowels

Generic form of a Consonant

Gutturals

Palatals

Cerebrals

Dentals

Labials

Semi Vowels, Sibilants etc.

Consonant Vowel combinations

Conjunct characters

Writing methods for Conjuncts

Conjuncts with "ra"

List of Conjuncts

Similar looking Aksharas

Vedic symbols

Rarely used Aksharas

Summary

Exercises

Listening Practice


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