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Spoken in India
Region Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa
Total speakers 11 million
Ranking 76
Language family Indo-European
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2 inc
ISO 639-3 hne

Chhattisgarhi (Devanagari: छत्तिसगढ़ी or छत्तीसगढ़ी) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh which has approximately 11.5 million speakers.

The speakers are concentrated in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh and in adjacent areas of Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, and Bihar.

Chhattisgarhi cultural and political movements, with origins going back to the 1920s, affirmed Chhattisgarhi cultural and linguistic identity and sought greater autonomy within India. This came about in 2000 when 16 districts of the state of Madhya Pradesh became the new state of Chhattisgarh.



Chhattisgarhi is most closely related to Bagheli and Awadhi (Avadhi), and these languages are classified in the East Central Zone of the Indo-Aryan languages, the Indian branch of the Indo-European language family.

According to the Indian Government, Chhattisgarhi is an eastern dialect of Hindi, although it is considered by some linguists to be distinct enough from Hindi to constitute a separate language. Chhattisgarhi has several identified dialects of its own, in addition to Chhattisgarhi Proper: Baighani, Bhulia, Binjhwari, Kalanga, Kavardi, Khairagarhi, Sadri Korwa, and Surgujia.


Chhattisgarhi, like Hindi, is written using the Devanagari script.



C.K. Chandrakar, "Chhattisgarhi Shabadkosh" .... C.K. Chandrakar, "Manak Chhattisgarhi Vyakaran".... C.K. Chandrakar, "Chhattisgarhi Muhawara Kosh"....

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