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Bundeli (Devanagari: बुन्देली or बुंदेली; Nastaliq: زبان بندیلی) or Bundelkhandi is a Western Hindi language (often considered a dialect of Hindi) spoken in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh and in southern parts of Uttar Pradesh. Bundelkhandi is related to Braj Bhasha, which was the literary language in North India until the 19th century.It is hard to say how old the language is, as typical Bundeli has words which are unique and have been in use for centuries. Several words are difficult for to understand for people who know only Sanskrit or Hindi.
There are abundant records that in ancient times Bundeli was used in government correspondences, messages, invoices, Gazette and friendship treaties. Bundelkhandi literature includes the writings of Alha-Khand and the verses of Bhaddari.
Dr. Virendra Verma, in his book The History of Hindi Language has written that Bundeli is a dialect of Bundelkhand . Pure Bundeli speakers can be found in Jhansi, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Gwalior, Tikamgarh, Orchha, Sagar, Narsinghpur, Seoni and Hoshangabad . It is also spoken in several mixed dialects in Datia, Panna, Charkhari, Damoh, Balaghat and some parts of Chhindwara.