is the Sanskrit feminine of Nāgara
"relating or belonging to a town or city, urban". It is a phrasing with lipi
("script") as nāgarī lipi
"script relating to a city", or "spoken in city". The Nāgarī or Devanāgarī alphabet
developed from eastern variants of the Gupta script called
Nāgarī, which first emerged during the 8th century.
This script was starting to resemble the modern Devanāgarī
alphabet by the 10th century, and started to replace Siddham from about