Multani 𑊠𑊣𑊖𑊀𑊚𑊁

The Multani script developed from the Landa script in the 18th century in the Multan region of Punjab and in northern Sindh in what is now Pakistan. It was used until the 20th century to write Saraiki, Sindhi, Punjabi and other languages spoken in that region. It was initially used for commercial activities. In the early 19th century it began to be used for literature as well. The first printed book in the Multani script was a translation of the New Testament published in 1819.

Multani is also known as Karikki or Sarai. In the second half of the 19th century the British administration introduced a version of the Perso-Arabic script to write Saraiki and other languages of Sindh. As a result, Multani fell out of use.

Notable features

Multani alphabet and pronunciation

Multani alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Multani (Excel) - uses the only Unicode font currently availble for Multani. The chart above uses images from this PDF.

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

Sample text in the Multani script


Ai saragwitš rahaṇwala asda pita teḍa naw pawitra tha teḍa radž awa teḍa dilmaṭha saragwitš džaha taha dunyawatiš kara wangna. askadžiwaṇ layak khawuṇ adž asko dawa bhya asḍa ḍewiṇ asko tšuda džaha Asia apṇa ḍewaṇwaleki tśhuḍehun bhya adzmatwitś aala mataṇ ṭhana para watśhtriakani tśhuḍawatśhadž radž bhya parākaram bhya Mahatma sada such Sindh.Amen.



Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our a debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, d but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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Information about Multani

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

Ahom, Aima, Badaga, Balinese, Balti-A, Balti-B, Batak, Baybayin (Tagalog), Bengali, Bhaiksuki, Bhujimol, Bilang-bilang, Bima, Blackfoot, Brahmi, Buhid, Burmese, Carrier, Chakma, Cham, Cree, Dehong Dai, Devanagari, Dham Lipi, Dhankari / Sirmauri, Ditema, Dives Akuru, Dogra, Ethiopic, Evēla Akuru, Fraser, Gond, Goykanadi, Grantha, Gujarati, Gunjala Gondi, Gupta, Gurmukhi, Hanifi, Hanuno'o, Ibalnan, Inuktitut, Jaunsari Takri, Javanese, Jenticha, Kaithi, Kadamba, Kamarupi, Kannada, Kawi, Kerinci, Kharosthi, Khema, Khe Phri, Khmer, Khojki, Khudabadi, Kirat Rai, Kōchi, Kulitan, Lampung, Lanna, Lao, Lepcha, Limbu, Lontara/Makasar, Lota Ende, Magar Akkha, Mahajani, Malayalam, Manpuri, Meroïtic, Masarm Gondi, Modi, Mon, Mongolian Horizontal Square Script, Multani, Nandinagari, Newa, Ojibwe, Odia, Pahawh Hmong, Pallava, Phags-pa, Purva Licchavi, Ranjana, Redjang, Sasak, Savara, Satera Jontal, Shan, Sharda, Siddham, Sinhala, Sorang Sompeng, Sourashtra, Soyombo, Sundanese, Syloti Nagri, Tagbanwa, Takri, Tamil, Tanchangya (Ka-Pat), Tani, Thaana, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigalari, Tikamuli, Tocharian, Tolong Siki, Vatteluttu, Warang Citi

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