संस्कृतम्

जीवनस्य लक्ष्यमेव संस्कृतस्य वर्धनम्

Announcing StotraSamhita

I am delighted to introduce StotraSamhita (http://stotrasamhita.net/), a wiki of stotrams and namavalis, displayed in many Indian scripts.
Earlier this year, Saketh was suggesting that we come up with a usable wiki for stotras, just like how http://sahityam.net/ is a fantastic resource for carnatic sahityam (lyrics). The basic idea was to borrow TransLipi (a versatile tool for transliterating text to different Indian scripts, created by Shri. Srikanth Subramanian), so that the text can be viewed in multiple scripts (Devanagari/Telugu/Kannada/Roman/Malayalam). The StotraSamhita wiki is our first attempt in this direction. We started work on this wiki on Vinayaka Chaturthi day this year🙂.
The intention of this wiki is to provide easy access to different stotras (in a script of the user’s choice). Currently, there are only a few stotras/namavalis. In the long run, with God’s grace, we hope it develops into an encyclopaedia for stotras, namavalis and puja vidhanams🙂 — with the significance/translations and brief commentaries. Being a wiki, it also provides a collaborative platform to edit (proof-read and correct) stotras.
I believe that another important aspect of this site is that it makes accessible works such as Tiruppavai to the non-Tamil speaking/reading public. I similarly hope that some special stotrams from other languages can be accessible, transcending language barriers. There are many better resources on the web for sanskrit stotras/texts, such as sanskritdocuments.org; I just hope that this site fills in a small gap left by some of the other sites — that of transliterating stotras into different scripts. The site also hosts a couple of nice PDF books of stotras, in devanagari; I hope to add PDFs in other languages shortly.

I look forward to your comments and suggestions on the wiki; the site is still in a very nascent stage — I see a huge scope for improvements (a help page for starters!). It is presently running on my home computer and is accessible from goo.gl/dnNB/ (or alternatively stotrasamhita.dyndns.org). I had hoped to make several more improvements before releasing it widely, but thought it would be nice to release it on Vijayadashami Day! I will think about hosting it, once I get some more feedback! I would really welcome feedback on the content and any other criticisms/suggestions!

Happy Vijayadashami!

p.s. To view the StotraSamhita wiki in different scripts, use the drop-down box in the left navigation panel of the wiki

edit: StotraSamhita.net (http://stotrasamhita.net/) is now online, since 4-Mar-2011.

5 responses to “Announcing StotraSamhita

  1. S October 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    This is wonderful! Excellent work; thanks for starting this… I’m sure this will be very useful. (Thanks also for mentioning sahityam.net, which I was unaware of.)

    Translipi is great; is the source available? I have a couple of comments about bugs (which may be present only in Firefox on Mac OS X for all I know), which it would be nice if you could please fix or get fixed somehow:

    1. For Kannada and Telugu scripts, the text appears as boxes unless the HTML source marks them with either “<span lang=kn>” or “<span lang=te>” respectively. (For more details, see https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=504918 and https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=427937 or the example https://bug504918.bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=389218 .)

    2. When the script is set to Roman, all characters involving a dot below or above a letter appear as the letter followed by a box. (See screenshot: http://imgur.com/MDD72 ) This happens (at least on my system) because the HTML source explicitly sets “<span style=”font-family: tahoma;”> but something’s wrong with the Tahoma font. In any case, it’s good practice not to set font like this… if those span tags are removed, it appears fine. (See screenshot: http://imgur.com/jWoCi )

    So the changes are to set “lang” for Kannada and Telugu, and to *not* set font-family for Roman. (Or set it to something other than Tahoma… I don’t know.) It would be perfect if this were fixed… please tell me if I should redirect these comments to someone else.

    Thanks again for starting StotraSamhita,
    S

    • Karthik October 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

      Dear Shreevatsa,

      Thanks a lot for your comment. I was truly unaware of this issue — I have checked it on all browsers in Windows and Ubuntu; guess it could be a firefox Mac thing — it even works well on an ipod (all lipis). Sorry if this is basic, but can you check here too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Multilingual_support_(Indic)

      However, I guess your comment about ‘good coding practices’ makes an important point, and I will take this issue up with Srikanth (who created and maintains TransLipi) — you can check his blog (hyperlinked from the sidebar too on the wiki) – and you should be able to obtain translipi from him.

      Thanks a lot for your valuable comments!! (and esp. for highlighting a problem I wouldn’t know existed!)

      Best,
      Karthik

      • S October 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm

        Great, thanks… hope you manage to spread the word more (about StotraSamhita, and also about sahityam.net) so that more people contribute. I’ve read the Wiki page, but it’s truly a bug with Firefox+Mac. I’ve sent my previous comment as an email to Srikanth.

        Thanks again,

  2. Mohan Ramiah October 18, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Thank you Karthik. Good work well done.

  3. Mohan Ramiah October 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    yA sRShTih sraShTur AdyA vahati vidhihutam
    yA havir yA cha hotr- ye dvekAlaM vidhattah shruti-viShaya-guna
    yA sthitA vyApya vishvam- yAm Ahuh sarva bIja- bhUta prakRtir iti
    yayA prANinaH prANavantaH/ pratakshAbhiH prapannas tanubhir avatu
    vastAbhir aShTAbhir IshaH.

    That visible form- water,which was the first creation of the creator;that fire which bears the oblation offered according to rule; that visible form-the priest,which is the offerer of the oblation;those two visible forms,the Sun and the moon which regulate time;that Akasha perpetually pervades all space having the quality of sound perceptible to the ear;that Earth
    which they call the originator of all treated things;that Air by which living beings are furnished with breath;may Isha -the supreme Lord Shiva-manifested in these eight visible forms preserve you. ShAkunthalam.

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