|Region||Chhattisgarh and minor Odisha, Maharashtra|
|18 million, partial count, including Surgujia (2011 census)|
(additional speakers counted under Hindi)
Official language in
Chhattisgarhi (Latin Script), छत्तीसगढ़ी (Devanagari Script), ଛତିଶଗଡ଼ି (Odia Script) is an Indo-Aryan dialect, spoken by approximately 16 million people from Chhattisgarh & other states. It is mostly spoken in the Indian states of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra. It is an official language in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, along with Hindi & English. It is closely related to (and counted by the Indian national census as a dialect of) Hindi, but shares a lot of grammatical similarities with many Dravidian languages.