The Bengali script is a North Indian script closely related to Devanagari. It is used to write the Bengali language primarily in West Bengal state (India) and in the nation of Bangladesh. It is also used to write Assamese in Assam (India) and a number of other minority languages such as Daphla, Garo, Hallam, Khasi, Manipuri, Munda, Naga, Rian and Santali in northeastern India.

The Bengali script makes use of two-part vowel signs. In these vowels, one-half of the vowel is placed on each side of a consonant letter or cluster -- for example, U+09CC    Bengali vowel sign au. The vowel signs are coded in the position in the charts isomorphic with the corresponding vowel in Devanagari; hence, U+09CC    Bengali vowel sign au   is isomorphic with U+094C    Devanagari vowel sign au. To provide compatibility with existing implementations of the scripts that use two-part vowel signs, Unicode explicitly encodes the right half of these vowel signs; for example U+09D7    Bengali au length mark   represents the right-half glyph component of U+09CC    Bengali vowel sign au.

Unicode's Bengali code block reserves the 128 code points from U+0980 to U+09FF, of which 91 are currently assigned.

Devanagari <-- Bengali --> Gurmukhi

Number of characters added in each version of the Unicode standard :
Unicode 1.1 : 89
Unicode 4.0 : 1
Unicode 4.1 : 1

Number of characters in each General Category :

Letter, Other            Lo : 53
Mark, Non-Spacing        Mn :  9
Mark, Spacing Combining  Mc : 10
Number, Decimal Digit    Nd : 10
Number, Other            No :  6
Symbol, Currency         Sc :  2
Symbol, Other            So :  1

Number of characters in each Bidirectional Category :

Left To Right                 L : 80
European Number Terminator   ET :  2
Non Spacing Mark            NSM :  9

The columns below should be interpreted as :

  1. The Unicode code for the character
  2. The character in question
  3. The Unicode name for the character
  4. The Unicode General Category for the character
  5. The Unicode Bidirectional Category for the character
  6. The Unicode version when this character was added

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     Based on ISCII 1988

U+0981   ঁ   Bengali sign candrabindu Mn NSM 1.1
U+0982   ং   Bengali sign anusvara Mc L 1.1
U+0983   ঃ   Bengali sign visarga Mc L 1.1

     Independent vowels

U+0985   অ   Bengali letter A Lo L 1.1
U+0986   আ   Bengali letter aa Lo L 1.1
U+0987   ই   Bengali letter I Lo L 1.1
U+0988   ঈ   Bengali letter ii Lo L 1.1
U+0989   উ   Bengali letter U Lo L 1.1
U+098A   ঊ   Bengali letter uu Lo L 1.1
U+098B   ঋ   Bengali letter vocalic r Lo L 1.1
U+098C   ঌ   Bengali letter vocalic l Lo L 1.1
U+098F   এ   Bengali letter E Lo L 1.1
U+0990   ঐ   Bengali letter ai Lo L 1.1
U+0993   ও   Bengali letter O Lo L 1.1
U+0994   ঔ   Bengali letter au Lo L 1.1


U+0995   ক   Bengali letter ka Lo L 1.1
U+0996   খ   Bengali letter kha Lo L 1.1
U+0997   গ   Bengali letter ga Lo L 1.1
U+0998   ঘ   Bengali letter gha Lo L 1.1
U+0999   ঙ   Bengali letter nga Lo L 1.1
U+099A   চ   Bengali letter ca Lo L 1.1
U+099B   ছ   Bengali letter cha Lo L 1.1
U+099C   জ   Bengali letter ja Lo L 1.1
U+099D   ঝ   Bengali letter jha Lo L 1.1
U+099E   ঞ   Bengali letter nya Lo L 1.1
U+099F   ট   Bengali letter tta Lo L 1.1
U+09A0   ঠ   Bengali letter ttha Lo L 1.1
U+09A1   ড   Bengali letter dda Lo L 1.1
U+09A2   ঢ   Bengali letter ddha Lo L 1.1
U+09A3   ণ   Bengali letter nna Lo L 1.1
U+09A4   ত   Bengali letter ta Lo L 1.1
U+09A5   থ   Bengali letter tha Lo L 1.1
U+09A6   দ   Bengali letter da Lo L 1.1
U+09A7   ধ   Bengali letter dha Lo L 1.1
U+09A8   ন   Bengali letter na Lo L 1.1
U+09AA   প   Bengali letter pa Lo L 1.1
U+09AB   ফ   Bengali letter pha Lo L 1.1
U+09AC   ব   Bengali letter ba Lo L 1.1
aka Bengali va, wa
U+09AD   ভ   Bengali letter bha Lo L 1.1
U+09AE   ম   Bengali letter ma Lo L 1.1
U+09AF   য   Bengali letter ya Lo L 1.1
U+09B0   র   Bengali letter ra Lo L 1.1
U+09B2   ল   Bengali letter la Lo L 1.1
U+09B6   শ   Bengali letter sha Lo L 1.1
U+09B7   ষ   Bengali letter ssa Lo L 1.1
U+09B8   স   Bengali letter sa Lo L 1.1
U+09B9   হ   Bengali letter ha Lo L 1.1

     Various signs

U+09BC   ়   Bengali sign nukta Mn NSM 1.1
* for extending the alphabet to new letters
U+09BD   ঽ   Bengali sign avagraha Lo L 4.0

     Dependent vowel signs

U+09BE   া   Bengali vowel sign aa Mc L 1.1
U+09BF   ি   Bengali vowel sign i Mc L 1.1
* stands to the left of the consonant
U+09C0   ী   Bengali vowel sign ii Mc L 1.1
U+09C1   ু   Bengali vowel sign u Mn NSM 1.1
U+09C2   ূ   Bengali vowel sign uu Mn NSM 1.1
U+09C3   ৃ   Bengali vowel sign vocalic r Mn NSM 1.1
U+09C4   ৄ   Bengali vowel sign vocalic rr Mn NSM 1.1
U+09C7   ে   Bengali vowel sign e Mc L 1.1
* stands to the left of the consonant
U+09C8   ৈ   Bengali vowel sign ai Mc L 1.1
* stands to the left of the consonant

     Two-part dependent vowel signs
These vowel signs have glyph pieces which stand on both sides of the consonant; they follow the consonant in logical order, and should be handled as a unit for most processing.

U+09CB   ো   Bengali vowel sign o Mc L 1.1
U+09CC   ৌ   Bengali vowel sign au Mc L 1.1


U+09CD   ্   Bengali sign virama Mn NSM 1.1
aka hasant (bengali term for halant)

     Additional consonant

U+09CE   ৎ   Bengali letter khanda ta Lo L 4.1


U+09D7   ৗ   Bengali au length mark Mc L 1.1

     Additional consonants

U+09DC   ড়   Bengali letter rra Lo L 1.1
U+09DD   ঢ়   Bengali letter rha Lo L 1.1
U+09DF   য়   Bengali letter yya Lo L 1.1

     Additional vowels for Sanskrit

U+09E0   ৠ   Bengali letter vocalic rr Lo L 1.1
U+09E1   ৡ   Bengali letter vocalic ll Lo L 1.1
U+09E2   ৢ   Bengali vowel sign vocalic l Mn NSM 1.1
U+09E3   ৣ   Bengali vowel sign vocalic ll Mn NSM 1.1


U+09E6   ০   Bengali digit zero Nd L 1.1
U+09E7   ১   Bengali digit one Nd L 1.1
U+09E8   ২   Bengali digit two Nd L 1.1
U+09E9   ৩   Bengali digit three Nd L 1.1
U+09EA   ৪   Bengali digit four Nd L 1.1
U+09EB   ৫   Bengali digit five Nd L 1.1
U+09EC   ৬   Bengali digit six Nd L 1.1
U+09ED   ৭   Bengali digit seven Nd L 1.1
U+09EE   ৮   Bengali digit eight Nd L 1.1
U+09EF   ৯   Bengali digit nine Nd L 1.1

     Bengali-specific additions

U+09F0   ৰ   Bengali letter ra with middle diagonal Lo L 1.1
* Assamese
U+09F1   ৱ   Bengali letter ra with lower diagonal Lo L 1.1
aka Bengali letter va with lower diagonal (1.0)
* Assamese
U+09F2   ৲   Bengali rupee mark Sc ET 1.1
* Rupee
U+09F3   ৳   Bengali rupee sign Sc ET 1.1
U+09F4   ৴   Bengali currency numerator one No L 1.1
* not in current usage
U+09F5   ৵   Bengali currency numerator two No L 1.1
* not in current usage
U+09F6   ৶   Bengali currency numerator three No L 1.1
* not in current usage
U+09F7   ৷   Bengali currency numerator four No L 1.1
U+09F8   ৸   Bengali currency numerator one less than the denominator No L 1.1
U+09F9   ৹   Bengali currency denominator sixteen No L 1.1
U+09FA   ৺   Bengali isshar So L 1.1
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