Chota Rajkumar — in Marathi.

Marathi is an Indo-Aryan language spoken predominantly by the Marathi people of Maharashtra, a state in western India. It serves as the official language of Maharashtra and is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India. With over 83 million speakers, Marathi ranks among the top 10 most spoken languages in India and has a rich literary, cultural, and historical significance.

Marathi’s origins trace back to approximately the 8th century AD, with its earliest form, Maharashtri Prakrit, evolving into Marathi by the late Middle Ages. The language has absorbed elements from Sanskrit, Prakrit, and various local dialects over centuries, contributing to its rich lexicon and variety of styles.

Marathi is written in the Devanagari script, which it shares with Sanskrit, Hindi, and several other Indian languages. The script is characterized by a horizontal line that runs along the top of the letters.

Marathi has a wide range of vowels and consonants, including sounds not found in many other Indian languages. It distinguishes between aspirated and unaspirated consonants, as well as retroflex sounds, which are common to many South Asian languages.

Marathi grammar is similar to that of other Indo-Aryan languages, featuring a subject-object-verb (SOV) sentence structure. The language inflects for gender (masculine, feminine, neuter), number (singular, plural), and case (nominative, oblique, and others), affecting nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.