The Marathi language is spoken by 83 million Marathi people. Marathi language belongs to the Indo-Aryan language family and is derived from the early form of Prakrit. Marathi is the official language of Maharashtra.
The co-official language of Goa and Union territory of Daman and Diu. Marathi is the third most spoken language after Hindi and Bengali. Marathi ranks 10th in the list of most spoken languages in the world.
Marathi's major dialects are Standard Marathi and Vardahi dialects. Marathi is the primarily spoken language in the parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana.
According to the Census of 2011 around 6.86% of the Indian Population speaks Marathi. Marathi is involved among the language which stands as a part of the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India. So, granting it the status of a "scheduled language." Koli, Agri, and Malvani Konkani have been heavily influenced by Marathi varieties. Not only in Maharashtrian universities has higher studies of Marathi linguistics but also in universities of Gujarat, Hyderabad, Karnataka, and Indore.
Marathi day is celebrated on 27 February around every state of Maharashtra and Goa. It is celebrated on the Birthday of eminent Marathi Poet Vi. Va. Shirwadkar and popularly known as Kusumagraj.
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