Sanskrit Tattoo Designs Bringing Sanskrit To Life On Your Skin

Once more, tattoos are back in fashion – not the large tribal tattoos covering your shoulders and arms, but smaller elegant Sanskrit tattoo designs. With many Hollywood stars now sporting their own tattoos, even mainstream tattoos accept the subtler tattoo designs. If you want to show your independence and spirituality with a small Sanskrit tattoo or Celtic cross tattoo, it’s now okay. Mothers will no longer try and hide their children away from you.

Sanskrit is an ancient language, dated all the way back to 1500 BC. While modern languages like English can be ambiguous, Sanskrit is very precise. Because it is also used as a religious language, Sanskrit has a very strictly regulated grammar. This makes sense – when you call on the favor of your gods, you really don’t want any room for misinterpretation or misunderstanding. The old fable of King Midas and his golden touch comes to mind.

This very precision makes Sanskrit tattoos ideal for use as in memory tattoo designs. Translate the names of your loved ones into Sanskrit and get them tattooed on your skin.

If you want to celebrate or give thanks for something miraculous which happened in your life, Sanskrit tattoo designs are also ideal. Ditto for prayers and wishes.

Lovers of history and all things ancient will also love tattoo designs in Sanskrit. One of the oldest religious texts in the world, the Rig Veda, is in Sanskrit. One of the first epic poems in Asia, the Ramayana, is also in Sanskrit. This is the inspiration for all subsequent epic poems in both India, South East Asia and South Asia. Two of the longest epic poems in the world, the Mahabharata and Bagavadgita, are both in Sanskrit. In 1786, Sir William Jones, the father of comparative linguistics and Indo-European studies, came to the conclusion that Sanskrit, ancient Greek and Latin shared too many common elements to have developed separately. They must have originated from some even more ancient language.

The common Sanskrit script is called Devanagara. It is horizontal in nature, with many flowing curves and perfect for artistic rendering. This written form can be naturally inked as an armband tattoo or something else more elaborate. Together with Celtic cross tattoos, Sanskrit tattoo designs are a beautiful and elegant decorations for your skin.

Sanskrit Tattoo Designs Revive The Ancient Sanskrit Language In Your Tattoos

Like any other fashion fad, tattoos come and go. Today, the time for tattoos has come again. The sleeve tattoos in tribal designs of yester-year is out of fashion, relegated to punks and rebels. Fashionable tattoos today are more subtle and spiritual, like Sanskrit tattoo designs.

Sanskrit is the origin of many modern languages in South Asia, East Asia and South East Asia. According to Sir William Jones, the noted 18th century philologist, Sanskrit, ancient Greek and Latin all share a common root. Sanskrit script is horizontal in nature, with a bar on top and many curved edges. It is elegant and perfect for artistic rendering. You can have a single word like “Om” (often interpreted as universal peace in modern spiritual writings) in lower back tattoos, or a motto (like “Satyameva Jayate” – “Truth alone triumphs”) in an armband tattoos.

Do you have someone you would like to remember forever? Translate his or her name into Sanskrit and have it inked into your “in memory” tattoo design. It is more unique than using our everyday Roman alphabet, and you do not have to make any awkward explanations to your future boyfriend or girlfriend why you have someone else’s name tattooed on your buttocks.

One of the major religions in the world, Hinduism, uses Sanskrit for its religious texts. Another major religion, Buddhism, also has religious texts in Sanskrit (Although it mostly uses Pali). If you want to commemorate some wonderful event or miracle in your life, why not do it using Sanskrit tattoo designs. Of course, if you are Christian, using Latin in your “in memory” tattoo design is perfectly fine too.

The oldest surviving Hindu religious text is the Rig Veda, written in Sanskrit, dated to 1500 BC. Two other great Hindu epics exist – the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Sanskrit tattoo designs using some of the magnificent verses from these ancient writings would make a great conversation piece. So would using some of the beautiful “sutra” Buddhist verses, written in Pali or Sanskrit. Tattoos like these are ideal for someone more spiritually inclined.

Sanskrit tattoo designs make for a beautiful alternative to other popular tattoo images like the celtic cross or flower tattoos.