The script Dogra is one of the ways to write Dogri, a Western Pahari language spoken in northern India. Dogra is based on the Takri alphabet. During the reign of Maharaja Ranbir Singh (1857-1885) Dogra was standardised and became the official script of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, and the Dogri language became co-offical with Persian. The Dogra script was used in books, official documents and publications, and on coins, bank notes and postage stamps. Classes were set up to teach the script and the Dogri language to the sons of nobles and other respectable citizens.
After the death of Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1885, Urdu was adopted as the official language in Jammu and Kashmir due to pressure from the British, and the Dogra script started to fall out of use.
Dogra is also known as Dogra Akkhar (Dogra Script), Name Dogra Akkhar (New Dogra Script), or Dvigarta Akṣara (Dogra letters).
Dogri is now usually written with the Devanagari alphabet, but there is some interest in the Dogra script, particularly among stamp collectors and others interested in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.
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