3,070,000 (2001 census). Population estimates range up to 20,000,000.
Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat states; Madhya Pradesh state: Balaghat, Bhind, Chhatarpur, Chhindwara, Datia, Guna, Gwalior, Hoshangabad, Morena, Narsinghpur, Panna, Sagar, Satna, Sehore, Seoni, Shivpuri and Tikamgarh districts; Maharashtra state: Bhandara, and Nagpur districts; Rajasthan state; Uttar Pradesh state: Banda, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Jhansi, and Lalitpur districts.
Standard Bundeli, Lodhanti (Rathora), Khatola, Banaphari, Kundri, Nibhatta, Tirhari, Bhadauri (Towargarhi), Gaoli, Kirari, Raghobansi, Nagpuri Hindi, Chhindwara Bundeli. Chhatapur dialect is widely understood. Other dialects are standard Braj of Mathura, Aligarh, western Agra; standard Braj of Bulandshahr; standard Braj of eastern Agra, southern Morena, southern Bharatpur; Braj merging into Kanauji in Etah, Mainpuri, Budaun, and Bareilly; Braj merging into the Bhadauri subdialect in northern Morena; Braj merging into Jaipuri (Rajasthani) in northern Bharatpur and Sawai Uradhopur; Bhuksa in southern Nainital (Grierson and Konow 1903–1928). Lexical similarity: 41% with Nagpuri Hindi [hin].
Home. Positive attitudes, especially toward Chhatapur dialect. Also use Hindi [hin], but uneducated speakers have low proficiency.
Devanagari script [Deva].