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Live interactive course.
12 live sessions.
Small learning groups.
3 time zone options.
1-year access to resources.

Swaagatam. Welcome.

Course Description

Knowledge is like an ocean. In this course we are trying to have a small sip. Our goal is to get a friendly introduction to Samskritam, the sacred language of ancient India. 

This course is scheduled over 12 weeks (a quarter), and consists of 10 live class sessions, 1 hour per week, with a live Orientation Meeting and Closing Ceremony. There are 12 live sessions in total. The course is structured innovatively using a curriculum inspired by Samskrita Bharati, an Indian NGO dedicated to the revival of Sanskrit.

It will allow a beginning level student to develop hearing, understanding and speaking Sanskrit through a streamlined set of exercises. If you have studied Sanskrit before and want a refresher, this is a great opportunity to strengthen your foundation from the beginning.

Learning Objectives - In this course students will be able to: 

  • Pronounce simple Sanskrit words with the correct pronunciation.
  • Understand and speak in simple sentences.
  • Develop an introductory Sanskrit vocabulary.
  • Complete simple exercises and gain the right skills required for further studies in Sanskrit.

Prerequisites: No prior experience needed. Students must commit to attend 90% of the live sessions without fail.

Instructor: Br. Saktipriyan, Amritapuri

Quarter Offered: Spring/Summer 2022

Start/End Date: View schedule here

Enrollment Options by Time Zone: View enrollment options here

Time Commitment: 60-minutes per week for each live session, plus additional study time to review and practice at home.

Bonus Office Hours: The instructor is available 15-minutes before and after each live class for questions and doubt clearing (30-minutes of weekly office hours).

About the Zoom Sessions: Since this is an immersive spoken classroom, all participants are requested to have their video camera turned on, ready to participate. You will then turn your microphone on and off as needed for different portions of the class.

Note: This course will only cover spoken Sanskrit. It follows the traditional teaching approach of listening and speaking. Learn like a child and immerse in the beautiful sounds, slowly increasing comprehension and vocabulary over time.

There will be handouts with vocabulary of Sanskrit in both roman script as well as Devanagari (Sanskrit written in Sanskrit alphabet) to reinforce your studies. While the reading and writing of Devanagari will not be covered in Level 1, Level 1 is a prerequisite for all Sanskrit courses offered in the future.

Immersive online Sanskrit classroom

Join seasoned teacher Br. Saktipriyan and an online classroom of global students for this unique opportunity to study and receive world-class training in classical Spoken Sanskrit—from the comfort of your own home.

In this course you will...

  • Learn spoken Sanskrit the traditional way - through listening, imitating and speaking. Expand your mind and develop new ways of thinking.

  • Pronounce Sanskrit words and sentences correctly and understand them in context.

  • Start using and understanding simple words and grammar for everyday conversation.

  • Meet weekly in live, interactive Zoom calls with your instructor, simulating a live classroom experience.

  • Benefit from small class sizes of maximum 30 people for a personalized learning experience with other students from around the world.

  • Access lecture notes and replays to reinforce learning and support study between live classes.

Meet Your Instructor

Br. Saktipriyan, Amritapuri

Aum Namah Shivaya,

Sanskrit a rich cultural language. Much of the Indian spiritual wisdom is written in Sanskrit. In this course, we are learning some basic words and sentences.

I first met Amma in 1984 and with her grace, graduated with First Rank in Masters in Sanskrit from Kerala University in 1995. I was also trained by Samskrita Bharati to teach Sanskrit.

From 1996 to 2003 I taught Sanskrit classes in Amritapuri for two months per year while when Amma was away for the US tours. In 2020 I again resumed teaching in Amritapuri. Amma has now encouraged me to focus on online teaching for AVA students around the world.

We are all grateful and thank Amma for giving us this golden opportunity to learn.

Aum Amriteshwaryai Namah,
Saktipriyan, Sanskrit Instructor
Amrita Virtual Academy

There are 3 class groups—each with a class time comfortable for different global regions.

Live Session Schedule*

Please enroll in whatever group timing suits you best.

General Timings 
This is a general overview. For more information, please scroll down to see the detailed schedule provided after this chart for exact dates and times for each group and to convert to your local time.

Group Day & Time IST Local Times Join Group
Group 1:
Fri morning IST
6-7 AM IST

5:30 PM California
(previous day, Thurs)

8:30 PM New York
(previous day, Thurs)

9:30 AM Tokyo
(same day, Fri)

10:30 AM Melbourne
(same day, Fri)

Join Waitlist for Group 1: USA
Group 2:
Asia Pacific & EU
Sat afternoon IST
1:30 - 2:30 PM IST

10:00 AM Paris
(same day, Sat)

5:00 PM 
(same day, Sat)

6:00 PM Melbourne
(same day, Sat)

Join Group 2: EU, AUS & Asia Pacific
Group 3:
Sat night ISTt
9:30 - 10:30 PM IST

9:00 AM California
(same day, Sat)

12:00 PM New York
(same day, Sat)

6:00 PM Paris
(same day, Sat)

Join Waitlist for Group 3: EU & USA

group 1 - usa

  • Live 6-7 AM, Fridays IST

  • USA: Thur evenings

  • 1 live class per week

  • May 13 - July 29 IST, 2022

  • 10 live classes + 2 bonus live sessions

  • Replays on-demand

$12.50 USD / Live Session
$150 USD Total

group 2 - EU, AUS & ASIA PAC

  • Live 1:30 - 2:30 PM, Saturdays IST

  • EU: Sat mornings

  • AUS / Japan: Sat evenings

  • 1 live class per week

  • May 14 - July 30 IST, 2022

  • 10 live classes + 2 bonus live sessions

  • Replays on-demand

$12.50 USD / Live Session
$150 USD Total

group 3 - Europe & USA

  • Live 9:30 - 10:30 PM, Saturdays IST

  • US West Coast: Sat mornings

  • US East Coast: Sat afternoons

  • EU: Sat evenings

  • 1 live class per week

  • May 14 - July 30 IST, 2022

  • 10 live classes + 2 bonus live sessions

  • Replays on-demand

$12.50 USD / live session
$150 USD Total

About the Live Session Schedule

Live Sessions are conducted regularly over Zoom as interactive video conference calls. Each week's class is conducted live from Amritapuri at three different timings—with small groups for different time zones all around the world. Please join the group that best suits your schedule. 

Recordings will be posted to the platform to help you review and practice. Times are listed in India Standard Time (IST).  

In the chart below, please click on "Click here for your local time" to see the meeting time converted to your local time. Please use the links provided to help you find the right time. 

*Schedule is tentative and subject to change due to unpredictable factors during the pandemic. 

Listed in India Standard Time. Convert to local time with the link.

NOTE: Please be aware that Group 1 calls occur ONE DAY EARLIER for US timezones. It is THURSDAY EVENING on both the West and East Coast! The schedule below shows the exact time the live session occurs Friday morning from Amritapuri. Please use the provided link to find your exact local time.

Date (IST) Time (IST)
Local Time
Orientation Meeting Fri, May 13 6 - 7 AM Click here for your local time
1. USA 
Fri, May 20 6 - 7 AM
2. USA
Fri, June 3 6 - 7 AM
3. USA
Fri, June 10 6 - 7 AM
4. USA
Fri, June 17 6 - 7 AM
5. USA
Fri, June 24
6 - 7 AM
6. USA Fri July 1 6 - 7 AM
7. USA Fir July 8 6 - 7 AM
8. USA Fri July 15 6 - 7 AM
9. USA Fri July 22 6 - 7 AM
10. USA Fri July 29 6 - 7 AM
Closing Ceremony TBD TBD TBD

GROUP 2  MEETINGS - Europe, Australia & Asia Pacific
Listed in India Standard Time. Convert to local time with the link.

Date (IST) Time (IST)
Local Time
Orientation Meeting Sat, May 14 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Click here for your local time
1. Asia Pacific & Europe 
Sat, May 21 1:30 - 2:30 PM
2. Asia Pacific & Europe
Sat, June 4 1:30 - 2:30 PM
3. Asia Pacific & Europe
Sat, June 11 1:30 - 2:30 PM
4. Asia Pacific & Europe
Sat, June 18 1:30 - 2:30 PM
5. Asia Pacific & Europe
Sat, June 25
1:30 - 2:30 PM
6. Asia Pacific & Europe Sat, July 2 1:30 - 2:30 PM
7. Asia Pacific & Europe Sat, July 9 1:30 - 2:30 PM
8. Asia Pacific & Europe Sat, July 16 1:30 - 2:30 PM
9. Asia Pacific & Europe Sat, July 23 1:30 - 2:30 PM
10. Asia Pacific & Europe Sat, July 30 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Closing Ceremony TBD TBD TBD

Listed in India Standard Time. Convert to local time with the link.

Date (IST) Time (IST)
Local Time
Orientation Meeting Sat, May 14 9:30 - 10:30 PM Click here for your local time
1. Europe & USA 
Sat, May 21 9:30 - 10:30 PM
2. Europe & USA 
Sat, June 4 9:30 - 10:30 PM
3. Europe & USA 
Sat, June 11 9:30 - 10:30 PM
4. Europe & USA 
Sat, June 18 9:30 - 10:30 PM
5. Europe & USA 
Sat, June 25
9:30 - 10:30 PM
6. Europe & USA  Sat, July 2 9:30 - 10:30 PM
7. Europe & USA  Sat, July 9 9:30 - 10:30 PM
8. Europe & USA  Sat, July 16 9:30 - 10:30 PM
9. Europe & USA  Sat, July 23 9:30 - 10:30 PM
10. Europe & USA  Sat, July 30 9:30 - 10:30 PM
Closing Ceremony  TBD

Our Enrollment Process

  • 1. Sign in to Your Existing Account OR Create a New Account

    It is free to create an account. Once signed in, you can enroll in any of our programs using your Amrita Virtual Academy sign-in ID. If you already have an account, simply sign-in.

  • 2. Secure Check-out

    Enroll using our secure, encrypted payment system. We support most international credit cards through Stripe and PayPal. Prices are in USD. This course has three different groups - choose the group right for you.

  • 3. Check Your E-mail

    Check your e-mail for a welcome letter and sign in to your Amrita Virtual Academy account. If you did not receive an e-mail, check your spam or promotions folder.

  • 4. Visit Your Student Dashboard

    All learning material and resources are hosted on the Amrita Virtual Academy e-learning platform. Simply visit your Student Dashboard. Here you can access meeting links and orientation materials.

  • 5. Join the Live Sessions

    This is a live class series. Please join us every week as much as possible. For the occasional absence or to review, you can catch the replay. Meeting links will be emailed to you and posted to your Student Dashboard.

  • 6. Review and Study!

    You have 1 year to access the on-demand replays and resource materials. Continue to study by streaming anytime from computer, mobile or tablet without limit - replay access is flexible and self-paced.