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48 Letters of Sanskrit

One version of Sanskrit has 48 letters (15 vowels and 33 consonants). Other versions have 49 or 50 letters. It is made up of forty-eight letters (matrika): 16 vowels running from A to Ka 16. consonants of the ka-varga and other groups running from A to Ka 16 the remaining sixteen consonants from Ka to Tha. Inside are the remaining letters (matrika), ha, la(second), and ksha. As the substance of Devi is matrika (matrika-mayi) the triangle represents the Word of all that exists. The triangle is itself encircled by the Chandramandala http://groups.msn.com/SpiritualLibrary/mahanirvanatantra.msnw
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