Maithili (Devanagari: मैथिली) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Mithila region of Nepal and India. It is the second most widely spoken language of Nepal after Nepali and is also one of the 22 scheduled languages of India. Maithili is one of the recognized constitutional languages in Nepal. In India, it is one of the recognized state languages in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand. Maithili dates back to at least the 14th century. It is attested in a 14th-century inscription from Nepal, and in a 15th-century Nepali manuscript. It is also attested in a 16th-century manuscript from Bihar.