A language of India

Alternate Names
Bagelkhandi, Bhugelkhud, Gangai, Godwani Kawathi, Kenat, Kevat Boli, Kevati, Kewani, Kewat, Kewati, Kewot, Kumhari, Mandal, Mannadi, Riwai
बघेली‎ (Bagheli)

2,680,000 (2011 census).


Chhattisgarh state: Bilaspur and Koriya districts; Madhya Pradesh state: Anuppur, Chhindwara, Dindori, Jabalpur, Mandla, Panna, Rewa, Satna, Shahdol, Sidhi, and Umaria districts; Uttar Pradesh state: Allahabad, Banda, Mirzapur, and Hamirpur districts.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


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].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use Hindi [hin], using it widely but not displacing Bagheli in any domain. 35% of Bagheli speakers have at least good general proficiency.

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 49% in Hindi [hin]. Had literature since 16th century. Radio. NT: 1821.


Devanagari script [Deva].

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