Marathi language

Indo-Aryan language; a constitutionally-recognised Indian language
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Marathi (मराठी भाषा) is the language spoken in Maharashtra, India. It is also Maharashtra's official language. The written script is Devanāgarī.

मराठी Marāṭhī
Devanāgarī and Modi scripts.svg
Marathi written in Devanāgarī and Modi
Native toIndia
RegionMaharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh parts of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu
Native speakers
73 million (2007)[1]
  • Varhadi , Maalavi, Khaandeshi, Ahirani,
Modi (historical)
Official status
Official language in
 India: Maharashtra, Daman and Diu[2] and Dadra and Nagar Haveli[3]
Regulated byMaharashtra Sahitya Parishad & various other institutions
Language codes
ISO 639-1mr
ISO 639-2mar
ISO 639-3Either:
mar – Modern Marathi
omr – Old Marathi
omr Old Marathi
Maharashtra, the state in India where the majority of Marathi speakers live.

People living in Maharashtra and parts of neighboring states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, union-territories of Daman-diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli speak Marathi.


  1. Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007
  2. The Goa, Daman and Diu Official Language Act, 1987 makes Konkani the sole official language, but provides that Marathi may also be used "for all or any of the official purposes". The Government also has a policy of replying in Marathi to correspondence received in Marathi. Commissioner Linguistic Minorities, 42nd report: July 2003 - June 2004, pp. para 11.3
  3. Marathi is an official language of Dadra and Nagar Haveli Administration's profile.

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