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Interesting facts about Marathi language!

The third most spoken Indian language and the fifteenth most spoken language in the world, Marathi has a huge fan base!

Interesting facts about Marathi

⚫ Marathi is the third most spoken language in India following Hindi and Bengali with approximately 90 million speakers. Marathi is the fifteenth most spoken language in the world.

⚫ Marathi is believed to be about thousand to thirteen hundred years old!

⚫ Marathi has 42 different dialects like Ahirani, Khandeshi, Varhadi/Vaidarbhi, Zadi Boli, Malvani, and Tanjour Marathi!

⚫ Though it is written in the Deonagri script today, Marathi also has its own script, called the Modi script.

No no! Not a Modi Ji script!

The ancient script Modi! To preserve the script a stamp was issued by the government of India under India Post's scheme named 'My stamp'. Check it out, the word 'Marathi' is written here in the Modi script. The earliest found Marathi texts are from the 11th century. They are inscriptions on copper and stone plates and in the Modi script. 

marathi written in modi script image source

⚫ Marathi derives its syntax and grammar from Prakrit and Pali. The Marathi that we speak and hear today has gone through changes over various centuries. Some of the older names of Marathi include Maharashtri, Marhatti and Mahratti.   

ancient parakrit script image source

⚫ Marathi even has a day dedicated to it - 27th February! 
marathi bhasha divas VV Shirwadkar image source

The Marathi Bhasha Din is a day marked to celebrate the heritage of Marathi. It is celebrated on the birth anniversary of noted Marathi playwright and poet VV Shirwadkar who is popularly known by his pen name Kusumāgraj/ कुसुमाग्रज He has been conferred numerous awards including the Padma Bhushan in 1991. Many of his poems were replete with veer ras and uplifted those who read them.

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