Sirmauri (सिरमौरी)

Sirmauri is a member of the Western Pahari group of Indo-Aryan language family. It is spoken in the Sirmaur and Shimla districts in the south of Himachal Pradesh State in the north of India. In 2005 there were about 400,000 speakers of Sirmauri, the majority of whom are elderly.

Sirmauri is also known as Himachali, Pahari, Sirmouri or Sirmuri. There are two dialects of Sirmauri: Dharthi (धरथी) or Giriwari (गिरिवारी), which is spoken in the Giriwar area, and Giripari (गिरिपारी), which is spoken in the Giripari area, on the other side of the Giri River. There are significant variation betweent the dialects, and within each dialect.

Sirmauri has no official status and is classified by the Indian governement as a dialect of Hindi, even though there is little mutual intelligibility between Sirmauri and Hindi. It is used in newspapers, and on the radio and TV.

Sirmauri is written with the Devanagari alphabet, and also with a version of the Takri script known as Simauri Takri or Dhankari. In the past the Pabuuchi script was used by a class of astrologers to write Sirmauri.

Devanagari alphabet for Sirmauri

Devanagari alphabet for Sirmauri

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Sample text (Matthew 1:1-4)

  1. अब्राहम कै सन्तान, दाऊद की सन्तान यीशु मसीह की वंशावाली।
  2. अब्राहम से इसहाक पोएदा होआ, इसहाक से याकूब पोएदा होआ ,याकूब से यहूदा ओरो तेसके भाऐ पोएदा होऐ।
  3. यहूदा ओरो तामार से फिरिस ओरो जोरह पोएदा होऐ, ओरो फिरिस से हिस्त्रोन पोएदा होआ, ओरो हिस्त्रोन से एराम पोएदा होआ ।
  4. एराम से अम्मीनादाब पोएदा होआ, ओरो अम्मीनादाब से नहोशोन, ओरो नहशोन से सलमोन पोएदा होआ ।


  1. Abrāham kai santān, dāūd kī santān yīśu masīh kī vaṅśāvālī.
  2. Abrāham se ishāk poedā hoā, ishāk se yākub poedā hoā, yākub se yahūdā oro teske bhāae poedā hoae.
  3. Yahūdā oro tāmār se phiris oro jorah poedā hoe, oro phiris se histron poedā hoā, oro histron se erām poedā hoā.
  4. Erām se ammīnādāb poedā hoā, oro ammīnādāb se nahośon, oro nahśon se salmon poedā hoā.


  1. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
  2. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
  3. And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
  4. And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;


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Pahari languages

Bilaspuri, Chambeali, Dogri, Doteli, Gaddi, Garhwali, Jaunsari, Kangri, Kumaoni, Kullui, Mahasu Pahari, Mandeali, Nepali, Pangwali, Sirmauri

Languages written with the Devanāgarī alphabet

Aka-Jeru, Angika, Athpare, Avestan, Awadhi, Balti, Bantawa, Belhare, Bhili, Bhumij, Bilaspuri, Bodo, Bhojpuri, Braj, Car, Chamling, Chhantyal, Chhattisgarhi, Chambeali, Danwar, Dhatki, Dhimal, Dhundari, Digaro Mishmi, Dogri, Doteli, Gaddi, Garhwali, Gondi, Gurung, Halbi, Haryanvi, Hindi, Ho, Jarawa, Jaunsari, Kannauji, Kham, Kangri, Kashmiri, Khaling, Khandeshi, Kharia, Khortha, Korku, Konkani, Kullui, Kumaoni, Kurmali, Kurukh, Kusunda, Lambadi, Limbu, Lhomi, Lhowa, Magahi, Magar, Mahasu Pahari, Maithili, Maldivian, Malto, Mandeali, Marathi, Marwari, Mewari, Mundari, Nancowry. Newar, Nepali, Nimadi, Onge, Pahari, Pali, Pangwali, Rajasthani, Rajbanshi, Rangpuri, Sadri, Sanskrit, Santali, Saraiki, Sirmauri, Sherpa, Shina, Sindhi, Sunwar, Sylheti, Tamang, Thakali, Thangmi, Wambule, Wancho, Yakkha, Yolmo

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