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In the Devanāgarī script, the danda (Sanskrit: दण्ड daṇḍa "stick") is a punctuation character. The glyph consists of a single vertical stroke. The character can be found at code point U+0964 (।) in Unicode. The "double danda" is at U+0965 (॥). ISCII encodes danda at 0xEA.
The danda marks the end of a sentence or period, comparable to a full stop (period) as commonly used in the Latin alphabet. In metrical texts, a double danda is used to delimit verses, and a single danda to delimit a pada or semi-verse.
Use in other scripts
The danda (with the same Unicode encoding) has also been used as a full stop in the scripts of several other Indic languages, including Bengali (pronounced as দাঁড়ি / dari), Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Hindi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. However, Western punctuation has largely replaced it in contemporary orthography.
- A Sanskrit-English Dictionary: Etymologically and Philologically Arranged with Special Reference to Cognate Indo-European languages, Monier Monier-Williams, revised by E. Leumann, C. Cappeller, et al. 1899, Clarendon Press, Oxford
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