Chandas - Devanagari Unicode Open Type font
(ttf) with the largest ligature set. The font contains 4347 glyphs: 325 half-forms, 960
half-forms context-variations, 2743 ligature-signs. It is designed especially
for Vedic and Classical Sanskrit but can also be used for Hindi, Nepali and
other modern Indian languages. The font includes Vedic accents and many additional
signs and provides maximal support for Devanagari script.
In version 1.1 were added Latin and Cyrillic characters and corresponding Open Type tables for Sanskrit transliteration.
In version 1.2 some Vedic characters were added and the bug with u-mAtrA was corrected. Now the font is compatible with Itranslator-2003 and Sanskrit2003 font.
Now font is provided in two versions - Chandas and Uttara.
Chandas font represents Southern (most commonly used today) style of Devanagari
script. And Uttara font represents Northern style of Devanagari
Script. These styles are sometimes
also called Bombay (Southern, contemporary) and Calcutta (Northern, old) pen
families accordingly. Uttara is today the only Devanagari OTF font which supports
in simple glyphs and in
Download fonts -
Encoding Table - chandas-encoding.pdf
Ligature Examples - saMyoga-pattra.pdf
Sample texts -
Chandas Devanagari IME (Input Method and Keyboard Layout for Devanagari) - chandas-ime.zip
Contact with designer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to other Devanagari Unicode fonts can be found here -
Chandas font, Uttara font, Chandas Devanagari IME, Chandas Volt project, Uttara Volt project are released under GNU General Public License.
Many thanks to Mr. Ulrich Stiehl, Mr. Ernst Tremel, Mr. Alok Kumar, bhavAn
last updated 01.04.2008 (links updated 26.12.2010)