2,860,000 in India (2001 census).
Northeast Madhya Pradesh, Rewa, Satna, Sidhi, Shahdol, Umaria, Anuppur, Jabalpur, Mandla, Chhindwara, Dindori, and Panna districts; Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad, Mirzapur, Banda, and Hamirpur districts; Chhattisgarh, Bilaspur and Koriya districts. Also in Nepal.
Godwani, Kumhari, Rewa. Godwani (refers to Bagheli-speaking Gonds), Kumhari (refers to Bagheli-speaking Kumhar). Though geographic and caste variation is found in Bagheli, no dialect is prevalent. Rewa area variety is considered standard. Lexical similarity: 79%–99% between all Bagheli varieties; 72%–91% with Hindi [hin].
Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. 35% of the Bagheli-speaking population is projected to have good general proficiency or more in Hindi [hin]. Hindi use is widespread but does not appear to be completely displacing Bagheli in any of the domains.