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54 Letters of Sanskrit

1 Version of the Sanskrit Alphabet contains 54 letters.
 
Other versions claim 48, 49, 50, 51, or 52 letters. Swami Madhvananada of Chinmay Mission, the chief guest said that Sanskrit has 54 letters and hence, in it the words spoken is written as it is while English being of 26 letters is neither written nor spoken as per alphabets. http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=256&page=13
 
There are more opinions that explain the relevance of this number - for example, 54 letters in Sanskrit, if multiplied by 2 (Shakti + Shiva) will give 108 (all Sanskrit letters). Buddhism also continued with the tradition of this number. Many Buddhist temples have 108 stairs.
http://www.freebsd.nfo.sk/hinduism/108.htm
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