Khortha (खोरठा)

Khortha is a Bihari language spoken in the north of the state of Jharkhand in the northeast of India by about 8 million people. It is spoken mainly in the divisions of North Chotanagpur and Santhal Pargana, and is used as a lingua franca between different linguistic communities.

Khortha is also known as Kortha, Khotta or Eastern Magahi, and is considered by some as a dialect of Magahi, Maithili or Hindi. Khortha is the second most spoken language in Jharkhand after Hindi.

There is a rich oral literature in Khortha consisting of a varieties of songs, stories and poems. However, the language is rarely written.

Devanagari alphabet for Khortha

Devanagari alphabet for Khortha

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Sample text (Mark 3:35)

काहे के जे कोई परमेसर के इछा पर चले सेइ हमर भाइ बहोन आर माय हेक।


Kāhe ke je koī Paramesar ke icha par cale sei hamar bhai bahon ār māy hek.


For whosoever shall do the a will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

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Bihari languages

Angika, Bhojpuri, Danwar, Khortha, Kurmali, Magahi, Maithili, Sadri

Languages written with the Devanāgarī alphabet

Aka-Jeru, Angika, Avestan, Awadhi, Balti, Bantawa, Bhili, Bhumij, Bilaspuri, Bodo, Bhojpuri, Braj, Car, Chamling, Chhantyal, Chhattisgarhi, Chambeali, Danwar, Dhimal, Dhundari, Dogri, Doteli, Garhwali, Gondi, Gurung, Halbi, Haryanvi, Hindi, Ho, Jarawa, Jaunsari, Kannauji, Kham, Kangri, Kashmiri, Khaling, Khandeshi, Kharia, Khortha, Korku, Konkani, Kullui, Kumaoni, Kurmali, Kurukh, Lambadi, Limbu, Lhomi, Magahi, Magar, Mahasu Pahari, Maithili, Maldivian, Malto, Mandeali, Marathi, Marwari, Mundari, Nancowry. Newar, Nepali, Nimadi, Onge, Pahari, Pali, Pangwali, Rajasthani, Rangpuri, Sadri, Sanskrit, Santali, Saraiki, Sirmauri, Sherpa, Shina, Sindhi, Sunwar, Sylheti, Tamang, Thakali, Thangmi, Wancho, Yakkha, Yolmo

Date created: 17.05.21. Last modified: 31.05.21

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