The southern most Indo-Aryan language spoken in India
. It is the official language of the western state of India
with approximately 100 million speakers. Marathi is closely associated with Hindi
and also has the same script 'Devanagari
'. Marathi is the 4th most spoken language in India and the 15th most spoken language in the world. Marathi is estimated to be over 1300 years old, evolving from Sanskrit through Prakrit and Apabhramsha.