Gaddi is a member of the Western Pahari branch of the Indo-Aryan language family. It is spoken by about 181,000 people mainly in Bharmour (भरमौर) in the Chamba district in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. There are also Gaddi speakers in the Udhampur, Kathua and Doda districts in the neighbouring state of Jammu, and in Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
Gaddi is also known as Gaddki, Gaddiyali, Bharmauri, Pahari or Himachali. It has no official status and is considered definitely endangered by UNESCO.
There are ways to write Gaddi with the Takri alphabet and with the Devanagari alphabet.
क्ओकि प्रमात्मैं ऐस संसार रै मणु सोगी ऐसा प्रेम रखु कि तिनी अपणा इकलौता पुत्र दि दिता, ताकि जैडा कोई तैस पुर विस्वास करा सो नाश ना भोआ पर अनन्त जिन्दगी पा।
K’oki pramātmai ais sansār rai maṅu sogī aisā prem rakhu ki tinī apṅā iklautā putra di ditā, tāki jaiḍā koī tais pur visvās karā so nāś nā bhoā par ananta jindagī pā.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
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