1,950,000 (1997 BSI). 2,630,000 all Gondi.
Madhya Pradesh, Betul, Chhindwara, Seoni, Mandla, and Balaghat districts; Maharashtra State, Amravati, Wardha, Nagpur, Bhandara, and Yavatmal districts.
Amravati, Betul, Bhandara, Chhindwara, Mandla, Nagpur, Seoni, Yavatmal. Inherent intelligibility between dialects 94%–97%. Speakers tested in other dialects understood Amravati 94%–97%; Betul 83%–96%, and Seoni 82%–97%. 58%–78% intelligibility of Southern Gondi [ggo]. Different from Muria [hlb], Maria [mrr] of Garhchiroli, Dandami Maria [daq], and Koya [kff]. Lexical similarity: 58%–90% among dialects.
Traditional religion, Hindu.