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Dialects of Punjabi

Majha (माझा) is a region located in the central parts of the historical Punjab region split between India and Pakistan.[1] People of the Majha region are given the demonym "Mājhī". Most inhabitants of the region speak the Majhi dialect.


It extends north from the right banks of the river Beas, and reaches as far north as the river Jhelum.[2]


  • Majha माझा, पंजाब, (AS, p.732)
  • Hindi: माझा, Punjabi: ਮਾਝਾ (Gurmukhi), ماجھا (Shahmukhi);
  • Mājhā


During the partition of India in 1947, the Majha region of Punjab was split between India and Pakistan when the Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab were formed. The Majha region of Indian State of Punjab covers the area between Beas and Ravi rivers, including the area on the north of Sutlej, after the confluence of Beas and Sutlej at Harike in Tarn Taran district, extending up to the Ravi River, which is all part of the Majha region in India.[3]

This region contains thirteen districts of the Pakistani province of Punjab, including the cities of Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, and Sialkot. Four districts of Indian state of Punjab – Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, and Pathankot.

The word "Mājhā" means the "central" or the "heartland". The Majha region is geographically located in the middle (or central part) of the historic Punjab region, hence giving it the name Majha.[4]

माझा, पंजाब

माझा, पंजाब (AS, p.732): रावी और व्यास नदियों के बीच (माझा = मध्य) का प्रदेश. अलेक्षेंडर के आक्रमण के समय (327 ई.पूर्व) इस दुआबे में कठजाति का गणराज्य स्थापित था. [5]

External links


  1. Discover India
  2. Grover, Parminder Singh (2011). Discover Punjab: Attractions of Punjab. Parminder Singh Grover. p. 179.
  3. Punjab Data, Know Everything About Punjab
  4. Vipul Punjabi
  5. Aitihasik Sthanavali by Vijayendra Kumar Mathur, p.732

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