Magahi is a language spoken in Bihar, India. It is also spoken in the Terai region of Nepal. Magahi is similar to Hindi and is written in the Devanagari script.
Magahi has about 18 million speakers and is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India. It is also one of the Languages of the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India. Magahi is spoken in the districts of Patna, Jehanabad, Nalanda, Gaya, Aurangabad and Nawada in Bihar. In Nepal, it is spoken in the districts of Dhanusa, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara and Parsa.
Magahi is believed to have originated in the Magadha region of Bihar. The language is also spoken in the Malda district of West Bengal and in the Jharkhand state of India. Magahi is also spoken in the Pakistani cities of Lahore and Karachi.
Magahi is a member of the Hindi belt of the Indo-Aryan languages. It is closely related to Hindi and Bihari. Magahi is also influenced by Bengali, Oriya, Maithili and Urdu.
Magahi is written in the Devanagari script. It has twelve vowels and thirty-six consonants. The language has a rich literary tradition and has produced great poets like Kabir and Tulsidas. Magahi is also the language of the popular Bollywood song, 'Mere Desh Ki Dharti'.