Bhili is a Western Indo-Aryan language spoken in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh in central India by about 3.2 million people. In Gujarat it is spoken in the Dohad, Panch Mahals and Sabarkantha districts. In Madhya Pradesh it is spoken in Dhar, Indore, Jhabua, Khargone and Ratlam districts. In Rajastan Bhili speakers are found in Dhar, Indore, Jhabua, Khargone and Ratlam districts.
Bhili is also known as Bhagoria, Bhil, Bhilbari, Bhilboli, Bhilodi, Lengotia, Vil or Garasia. Dialects include Wagdi and Bareli. It is closely related to Wagdi, Gujarati and Rajasthani.
There are ways to write Bhili with the Devanagari and Gujarati alphabets, although few people are able to read and write it.
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