13,300,000 (2001 census).
Mainly north central Chhattisgarh; Madhya Pradesh, Shahdol and Anuppur districts; Odisha, Sundargarh; Jharkhand, Simdega; several border areas in Maharashtra; Baigani dialect in Madhya Pradesh, Shahdol District.
Baigani (Baiga, Bega, Bhumia, Gowro), Bhulia, Binjhwari, Chhattisgarhi Proper, Kalanga, Kavardi, Khairagarhi, Sadri Korwa. Sadri Korwa spoken by Korwa people in Jashpur tahsil of Raigarh District; Baigani in Balaghat, Raipur, and Bilaspur districts of Chhattisgarh, and Sambalpur District of Odisha; Binjhwari in Raipur and Raigarh districts of Chhattisgarh; Kalanga and Bhulia dialects are spoken in Patna District of Bihar; Chhattisgarhi Proper in Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, and other districts of Chhattisgarh. Lexical similarity: 66%–69% with Kamar [keq].
Devanagari script [Deva].
Traditional religion, Hindu, Muslim.