This Dictionary has been undertaken to supply a want long felt by the student of a complete and at the same time cheap Sanskrit-English Dictionary. Very little need, I think, be said with regard to the necessity of bringing out a work like this, when the study of Sanskrit has received such a strong impetus during the last twenty five years. There have been four or five Sanskrit-English Dictionaries published till now but very few of them fulfil the two essential conditions of the popularity and usefulness of such works satisfying all the requirements of students and at the same time being within their easy reach.
The dictionaries of Professors Wilson and Monier Williams are very useful and valuable works, but their prices particularly of the latter are prohibitively high and they do not also meet many of the most ordinary wants of Sanskrit readers. A student, while reading Sanskrit at school or college, generally expects that the Dictionary which he uses will give will give appropriate equivalents for such words and compound expressions as may have peculiar meanings or shades of meaning in particular passages.