New Delhi: The Union Government is launching a project to translate ancient Sanskrit scriptures into five foreign languages. These will be sent to patent offices globally to prevent any commercial misuse of traditional Indian knowledge in the U.S. and other countries.

The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) has engaged institutes such as the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga and Kewal Dham of Pune to translate Sanskrit slokas that describe yogic asanas into English, French and German among other languages.

"Traditional Knowledge Resource Classification (TKRC) software, being used for translation, will include video footage demonstrating yoga postures," an official source said.

In the first phase, to be completed by December, work on 150 asanas will be completed. The plan is to cover 1,500 commonly used kriyas and asanas. PTI