Sanskrit prosody or Chandas refers to one of the six Vedangas, or limbs of Vedic studies

It is the study of poetic metres and verse in Sanskrit

This field of study was central to the composition of the Vedas, the scriptural canons of Hinduism, so central that some later Hindu and Buddhist texts refer to the Vedas as Chandas

The Chandas, as developed by the Vedic schools, were organized around seven major metres, and each had its own rhythm, movements and aesthetics

Sanskrit metres include those based on a fixed number of syllables per verse, and those based on fixed number of morae per verse

Extant ancient manuals on Chandas include Pingala’s Chandah Sutra, while an example of a medieval Sanskrit prosody manual is Kedara Bhatta’s Vrittaratnakara

The most exhaustive compilations of Sanskrit prosody describe over 600 metres

This is a substantially larger repertoire than in any other metrical tradition