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In Indic scripts, the daṇḍa (Sanskrit: दण्ड daṇḍa "stick") is a punctuation mark. The glyph consists of a single vertical stroke. The character can be found at code point U+0964 (।) in Unicode. The "double daṇḍa" is at U+0965 (॥). ISCII encodes daṇḍa at 0xEA.
The daṇḍa marks the end of a sentence or line, comparable to a full stop (period) as commonly used in the Latin alphabet, and is used together with Western punctuation in most modern Indic languages.
The daṇḍa and double daṇḍa are the only punctuation used in Sanskrit texts. No distinct punctuation is used to mark questions or exclamations, which must be inferred from other aspects of the sentence.
In metrical texts, a double daṇḍa is used to delimit verses, and a single daṇḍa to delimit a pada, line, or semi-verse. In prose, the double daṇḍa is used to mark the end of a paragraph, a story, or section.
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