Sanskrit metres

Metre identifier

Type a Sanskrit verse into the box below and click the button.
(The input can be in either Devanagari, IAST, Harvard-Kyoto, or ITRANS format.)
(You can use this tool, or “Sanscript”, to verify your transliteration.)

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Resources for learning more about Sanskrit metres

See this playlist. There is also some incidental mention at around 10:00 in this video.

For a good/large list of metres, see the list in H. D. Velankar's Jayadaman, or V. S. Apte's dictionary (revised and enlarged), Appendix A.I and A.II.

For a matchless work on the aesthetics of metre, see (in Kannada) Chandogati by Sediyapu Krishna Bhat.

The most important Sanskrit metres

As evident from the tables here, a few Sanskrit metres account for most of the Sanskrit literature. (To be continued….)


This is intended to be a website dealing with Sanskrit metres.

In its current state, this is all very raw; work in progress. Source code at