Native toIndia
Native speakers
365,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
mrr – Garhchiroli Maria
daq – Dandami Maria
Glottologmari1414  Maria
dand1238  Dandami Maria

Madiya or Maria is a Dravidian language spoken in India. It may be regarded as a dialect of Gondi, but is suspected to be mutually unintelligible with most other Gondi varieties.[2]


Phonology of Abhuj Maria:[2]

Bilabial Alveolar Retroflex Palatal Velar
Plosive voiceless p t ʈ k
voiced b d ɖ g
Affricate voiceless t͡ʃ
voiced d͡ʒ
Fricative s
Nasal m n ɲ
Approximant w l ɽ j
Trill r

Hill Maria has 3 additional consonants: a glottal stop /ʔ/, a retroflex nasal /ɳ/, and a uvular fricative /ʁ/.[2]

In 2019, a former professor published the first book in the Madiya language.[3]


  1. ^ Garhchiroli Maria at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
    Dandami Maria at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Bhadriraju Krishnamurti (2003). The Dravidian languages. Oxford University Press. pp. 25. ISBN 9780521771115.
  3. ^ "First book on Madiya language released in city". 9 July 2019. Archived from the original on 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2023-07-04.