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Odia   Odia (ଓଡ଼ିଆ)

Odia is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by about 33 million people mainly in the Indian state of Odisha, and also in West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Gujarat. Odia is closely related to Bengali and Assamese, and used to be known as Oriya, and Odisha used to be known as Orissa in English.

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

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.

A recording of this text


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.

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Indo-Aryan languages

Awadhi, Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Chakma, Dhivehi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Kotia, Kutchi, Maithili, Marathi, Marwari, Modi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Romany, Saraiki, Sarnámi Hindustani, Sindhi, Sinhala, Sourashtra, Sugali, Sylheti, Urdu

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