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Sanskrit is a language with a history of several millennia.It is as important to the history, literature and civilization of Asia as Latin is to that of Europe. It is the primary liturgical language of Hinduism and the predominant language of most works of Hindu philosophy as well as some of the principal texts of Buddhism and Jainism. Sanskrit, in its variants and numerous dialects, was the lingua franca of ancient and medieval India. In the early 1st millennium CE, along with Buddhism and Hinduism, Sanskrit migrated to Southeast Asia, parts of East Asia and Central Asia, emerging as a language of high culture and of local ruling elites in these regions. The body of Sanskrit literature encompasses a rich tradition of philosophical and religious texts, as well as poetry, music, drama, scientific, technical and other texts. Most modern Indian languages and languages of South East Asia (Thai, Khmer, Laotian etc) have descended from Sanskrit. Many other languages such as Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia etc are heavily influenced by Sanskrit. 

Sanskrit is one of the 22 languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India. It continues to be widely used as a ceremonial and ritual language in Hinduism and some Buddhist practices such as hymns and chants. In addition, it is used as the liturgical language in Thailand and other countries. Several Universities across the world have dedicated departments for Sanskrit studies. The use of Sanskrit is seeing a rising interest in South Asia and other parts of the world. With the spread of Hindu and Buddhist practices such as Yoga and Vipassana meditation, there is more interest among people to read and understand Sanskrit texts. 

Google Translate is an invaluable tool used by students, teachers, learners, researchers and language enthusiasts to learn and decode multiple languages. It includes an impressive list of languages including Latin. Sanskrit is conspicuous by its absense. We request Google to add Sanskrit to Google Translate to assist millions of users interested in this language.