Bengali character notes

This page lists characters used in orthographies based on the Bengali script and provides information about them.

Character notes have companion pages that summarise how a script is used for a specific orthography. For the Bengali script, see Bangla (Bengali).

Referencing this document

Richard Ishida, Bengali Character Notes, 10-Nov-2023,

Various signs

Independent vowels


Various signs

Dependent vowel signs

Two-part dependent vowel signs


Additional consonant


Additional consonants

Additional vowels for Sanskrit


Additions for Assamese

Currency symbols

Historic symbols for fractional values


Historic currency sign


Common punctuation

Formatting characters

Sanskrit / Vedic

From Unicode script extensions property.


  1. [ b ] Bhattacharya, Private correspondance with Tanmoy Bhattacharya, July 2004.
  2. [ c ] Ishida, Ready-made Counter Styles
  3. [ d ] Peter T. Daniels and William Bright, The World's Writing Systems, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-507993-0
  4. [ p ] Anshuman Pandey, Proposal to Encode the Ganda Currency Mark for Bengali in ISO/IEC 10646
  5. [ r ] William Radice, Teach Yourself Bengali, Hodder & Shoughton, ISBN 0-340-86029-4
  6. [ u ] The Unicode Standard
  7. [ w ] Wikipedia, Bengali Alphabet