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In Indic scripts, the daṇḍa (Sanskrit: दण्ड daṇḍa "stick") is a punctuation mark.[1] 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.[citation needed]

The daṇḍa and double daṇḍa are the only punctuation used in Sanskrit texts.[1] No distinct punctuation is used to mark questions or exclamations, which must be inferred from other aspects of the sentence.[1]

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.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d A.M., Ruppel (2017). The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 33. ISBN 1107088283.

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of danda at Wiktionary
  • The dictionary definition of दण्ड at Wiktionary