Bhadrawahi language

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Native to Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh
Region Bhadarwah, Chamba district
Native speakers
160,000  (1991 census – 2002)[1]
Bhalesvi (Bhalesi)
Devnagari, Arabic script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
bhd – Bhadrawahi
cdj – Churahi
Glottolog bhad1243[2]

Bhadarwahi (Bhadrawahi) is a native language of the people of Bhadarwah, a tehsil in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Bhaderwahi is a Pahari language spoken by about 50,000 people in Bhaderwah town and surrounding villages (Bhadrawahi/Bhadarwahi, Bhalesi, Padari/Padri, and Khashali/Khasali dialects), and by about 110,000 people in Chaurah and Saluni tehsils in Himachal Pradesh. It has many alternate names like Baderwali, Bhadri, Badrohi, Bhidli.


Bhadarwahi is an Indo-Aryan language of Pahari group. According to Dr. G. A. Fierson the word Pahari applies to the groups of languages spoken in the sub-himalayan hills extending from Bhaderwah to the eastern parts of the Nepal. The Bhaderwah group includes three dialects, viz Bhaderwahi, Bhalesvi and Padri, which form a dialect chain with Churahi.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bhadrawahi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Churahi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bhadrawahi–Bhalesi–Curahi". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.