𑚡𑚛𑚶𑚤𑚦𑚭𑚩𑚯 भद्रवाही بھَدَرْواہِی
Bhadarwahi written in Takri, Devanagari and Urdu scripts
Native toJammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh
RegionBhaderwah, Doda district
Native speakers
120,000 (2011)[1]
Devanagari, Takri, Nastaliq
Language codes
ISO 639-3bhd

Bhadarwahi is an Indo-Aryan language of the Western Pahari group spoken in the Bhadarwah region of Jammu and Kashmir, India.

The name Bhadarwahi can be understood either in a narrow sense as referring to the dialect, locally known as Bhiḍlāi, native to the Bhadarwah valley, or in a broader sense to cover the group of related dialects spoken in the wider region where Bhadarwahi proper is used as a lingua franca. In addition to Bhadarwahi proper, this group also includes Padri, Bhalesi, and Khasali (Khashali) dialect.[2] The Churahi language is closely related.

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The name of the language is spelt in the Takri as 𑚡𑚛𑚤𑚦𑚭𑚩𑚯. Variants include Bhaderwahi (𑚡𑚛𑚲𑚤𑚦𑚭𑚩𑚯),[3] Baderwali (𑚠𑚛𑚲𑚤𑚦𑚭𑚥𑚯), Bhadri (𑚡𑚛𑚤𑚯), Badrohi (𑚠𑚛𑚶𑚤𑚴𑚩𑚯), Bhadlayi (𑚡𑚛𑚥𑚭𑚣𑚯), and Bhadlai (𑚡𑚛𑚥𑚭𑚃).


Front Central Back
Lower High i u
Mid e eː
Lower Mid ə o
Low ɑː
  Bilabial Dental Alveolar Postalveolar Retroflex Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ɳ ɲ
Stop voiceless p ʈ t͡ʃ k
aspirated t̪ʰ ʈʰ t͡ʃʰ
voiced b ɖ d͡ʒ ɡ
breathy d̪ʱ ɖʱ d͡ʒʱ ɡʱ
Fricative voiceless s ʃ ç çʰ h
voiced z zʱ
Approximant w l j
Trill r
Flap or Tap ɽ

According to Masica (1991) there are a set of lateral retroflex affricates /ʈ͡ꞎ ɖ͡ɭ ɖ͡ɭʱ/ from old /Cr/ clusters.[5]


The language is commonly called Pahari.[citation needed] Some speaker may even call it a dialect of Dogri.[6] The language has no official status. According to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the language is of definitely endangered category, i.e. many Bhadravahi parents are not teaching this language to the children with which the number of its native speakers is decreasing. Some other languages, such as Kashmiri and Urdu/Hindi are taking this place. This is an archetypical natural human tendency of picking up the language of people placed better economically and socially. [7]

Notable events

A daily news headlines program is broadcast by a Doda-based News Media outlet The Chenab Times in Sarazi and Bhaderwahi languages to promote them.[8][9]


  1. ^ Bhadarwahi at Ethnologue (22nd ed., 2019)
  2. ^ Kaul, Pritam Krishen (2006). Pahāṛi and Other Tribal Dialects of Jammu. Vol. 1. Delhi: Eastern Book Linkers. pp. 85–86. ISBN 8178541017.. The classification there includes Rodhari as a separate node, but elsewhere (pp.123–24), it is subsumed under Khasali.
  3. ^ Phonological System of Bhaderwahi (PDF)
  4. ^ a b *Dwiwedi, Amitabh Vikram (2015). "Bhadarwahi: A Typological Sketch". Acta Linguistica Asiatica. 5 (1).
  5. ^ "The Indo-Aryan Languages" Masica (1991), p. 210.
  6. ^ Tiwari, Dr Siyaram. Bhartiya Bhashaon Ki Pahchan (in Hindi). Vani Prakashan. ISBN 978-93-5229-677-4.
  7. ^ "Endangered languages".
  8. ^ "Cultural Academy Doda non-functional since long". Early Times (newspaper). 18 August 2021. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  9. ^ "چناب ٹائمز' کا وفد ڈپٹی کمشنر ڈوڈہ سے ملاقی" (in Urdu). Greater Kashmir. 7 August 2021.