This web page provides access to some of the Sanskrit lexicons prepared by the Institute of Indology and Tamil Studies, Cologne University. A 1997 review of the Cologne Digital Sanskrit Lexicon project (CDSL) may be of interest.

The data is made available to scholars and students in two forms. The first form is that of scanned images of the works, which provides a convenient substitute to the physical books. The second form is a digitization of the scanned images, which permits computer-aided analyses and displays of the work.

Digitized editions

Scanned editions

Download material

Some download material is described here.
Downloads for many dictionaries are available as links with dictionaries.


The markup of the Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary is described in detail here.
The markup of the various dictionaries was designed and implemented by:

  • Thomas Malten (Cologne University) and assistants in India
  • Peter Scharf (Brown University)
  • Malcolm D. Hyman (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin)
  • Jim Funderburk