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Odia (ଓଡ଼ିଆ)Odia (ଓଡ଼ିଆ)

Odia is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by about 40 million people mainly in the Indian state of Odisha, and also in parts of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. Odia is one of the many official languages of India. It is the official language of Odisha, and the second official language of Jharkhand. It is also designated as a Classical Language in India as it has a long literary history. Odia is closely related to Bengali and Assamese.

Odia is also known as Oriya, and Odisha as Orissa, however Odia and Odisha are now the preferred names in English as they are closer to their native names: ଓଡ଼ିଆ (oḍiā) [ɔɖiaː] and ଓଡ଼ିଶା (oḍiśā) [ɔɖisaː].

Written Odia

The Odia script developed from the Kalinga script, one of the many descendents of the Brahmi script of ancient India. The earliest known inscription in the Odia language, in the Kalinga script, dates from 1051.

The curved appearance of the Odia script is a result of the practice of writing on palm leaves, which have a tendency to tear if you use too many straight lines.

Notable features

Odia alphabet

Vowels and vowel diacritics with k

Odia vowels and vowel diacritics


Odia consonants

Some conjunct consonants

Some Odia conjunct consonants


Odia numerals and numbers from 1-10

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Sample texts

ସବୁ ମନୁଷ୍ୟ ଜନ୍ମକାଳରୁ ସ୍ୱାଧୀନ. ସେମାନଙ୍କର ମର୍ଯ୍ୟାଦା ଓ ଅଧିକାର ସମାନ. ସେମାନଙ୍କଠାରେ ପ୍ରଜ୍ଞା ଓ ବିବେକ ନିହିତ ଅଛି. ସେମାନେ ପରସ୍ପର ପ୍ରତି ଭାତୃଭାବ ପୋଷଣ କରି କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ କରିବା ଦରକାର.


Sabu manuṣẏa janmaukāḷaru svadhīna, ṣemānaṅkara marsẏāḍā o adhaikāra samāna, semānaṅaṭhāre prabã o bibeka naiha ṭachai, semāne paraspara paba brādahaba paiṣaṣa karai ṭhārpẏa jakairā ḍarakāra.

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All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Odia pangram (by Subhashish Panigrahi)

ଶାଠ କହେ ଋତୁରେ ନଈ କଡ଼େ ଝଟା କି ଲଟାଟିଏ ଅହିରାଜ ଯଥା ଗଛରେ ଘର କରି ତା' ଦେହେ ମାତଇ ଆଉ ପ୍ରକୃତିରୁ ସକଳ ଜୀବନୀ ଖୋଜା ଊଣା ହେଲେ ଐକତାନେ ପଚା କଢ଼, ଫୁଲ ଓ ପତର-ଔଷଧୀ ଆହାର ଭରି ବଞ୍ଚେ ।


As we know that during the right season, on the bank of the river, a creeper would make a tree its home and grow over it like a krait, and when the nutrients from the nature fall short, the creeper feed on rotten buds, flowers and leaves making them its medicine.

Odia pangram (by Nasim Ali)

ଈଶ୍ୱର ସାର କହୁଥିଲେ ଯେ "ପିରିୟଡ଼ିକ ଟେବୁଲ"ର ମଝିରେ ଥିବା ଯବକ୍ଷାରଜାନ ସପ୍ତମ ମୌଳିକ ଓ ଓଜନ ହେଉଛି ୧୫ରୁ ଊଣା ଆଉ ଏ ଋକ୍ଷ ବାଷ୍ପଟି ଶଲ୍ୟ ଚିକିତ୍ସାର ନିଶ୍ଚେତକଠାରୁ ହୃଦ୍‌ରୋଗ ପାଇଁ ଔଷଧ, କ୍ଷେପଣାସ୍ତ୍ରର ଶକ୍ତିକୋଷ, ଥଣ୍ଡା ଫ୍ରିଜରର ଐକୀକ ଘଟକ, ଖାଦ୍ୟ ନ ସଢ଼ିବା ଭଳି ପ୍ୟାକେଜିଂ ତିଆରିରେ ଲାଗେ


Nitrogen is the seventh element of periodic table and has a mass of 14. Its existence ranges from anesthesia for surgery to medicine for cardiac diseases, missile energy, basic part of a freezing unit and preservative to prevent spoiling of food.

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