Re: [INDOLOGY] dyū and similar ligatures

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at
Thu Apr 30 04:24:12 UTC 2020

Try the font called "Sanskrit 2003".  Or "Murty Sanskrit".

Professor Dominik Wujastyk

Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity

Department of History and Classics <>
University of Alberta, Canada

South Asia at the U of A:

On Tue, 28 Apr 2020 at 04:43, John Lowe via INDOLOGY <
indology at> wrote:

> I am trying to write words like dyūtam in nāgarī in MS Word (using Keyman)
> but I end up without the ligature: it seems that whenever d is followed by
> consonant+u/ū/ṛ, the d ends up followed by virāma. This affects things like
> dyū, ddhṛ, etc. I will type the nāgarī here, but your systems may well
> correct it:
> द्यूतम्, -अद्बु-, -अद्धृत-
> When followed by -a-, the ligatures dy, db, ddh, etc come out correctly,
> but they split (into d-virāma-y etc) as soon as another vowel follows.
> Even if I copy and paste the correct ligature from e.g. the Cologne
> dictionary, it splits when pasted.
> Can anyone recommend a solution to this problem? My font selection seems
> to default to Nirmala or Kokila when writing in nāgarī, but perhaps there
> is a better Unicode font out there that has a wider range of ligatures?
> I prefer not to use Word, but in this case there is no choice...
> Thanks for any suggestions,
> John
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