Tutorial - MS Word 2008+
AA is the ligature to get ಅ
Notepad supports ligatures natively.
Below are steps to enable ligatures in MS Word 2008+
Start writing anything in the word document. Assuming we have choosen Baravu font.
For now let us take example of AA, Without ligature support something like this will be displayed
Select the text then right click on it, for context menu
Click on Font
Click on combobox Ligatures
Select All option
Click on OK
Done! ಅ should be displayed as expected.