The Tirhuta alphabet developed from the Gauḍī or Proto-Bengali script during the 13th century AD. It was used to write Sanskrit at first, and from the 14th century it was also used to write Maithili, a Bihari language spoken in northeastern Indian in southern Nepal.
Tirhuta is also known as the Mithilakshar or Maithili script. The name Tirhuta comes from Tirhut or Turabhukti, and means 'land of river banks'. It refers to the Maithili-speaking part of Bihar north of the Ganges river.
Maithili is now written with the Devanagari alphabet, however some traditional pundits still use the Tirhuta script for certain documents such as genealogical records, religious and literary texts, and personal letters. It is used on signs in parts of northern Bihar, as can be used in the civil service examination in Bihar.
Sabh mānav janmataḥ svatantra achi tathā garimā ā, adhikārame samān achi. Sabhakeṃ apan - apan buddhi ā, vivek chaik āor sabhakeṃ ek dosarāk prati sauhārdapūrṇa vyavahār karabāk cāhī.
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)
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