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𑐣𑐾𑐥𑐵𑐮 𑐨𑐵𑐳𑐵, Nepal Bhasa
𑐣𑐾𑐰𑐵𑑅 𑐨𑐵𑐫𑑂, Nevāh Bhāy
NepalBhasa word in Ranjana&Prachalit script2.gif
"Nepal Bhasa" written in the Ranjana script and the Prachalit Nepal script
Pronunciation[newaː bʱæː]
Native toNepal
RegionNepal Mandala
Ethnicity1,250,000 million Newars[1]
Native speakers
860,000 (2011 census)e25
Early form
  • Dolakhae
  • Sindhupalchok
  • Kathmandu
  • Lalitpur
  • Bhaktapur
  • Panauti
  • Banepa
  • Hetauda
  • Dhulikhel
  • Chitlang
Ranjana script, Pracalit script, Bhujimol script, Devanagari and various Nepalese scripts
Official status
Official language in


Regulated byNepal Bhasa Academy
Language codes
ISO 639-2new Nepal Bhasa, Newari
ISO 639-3Variously:
new – Newari
nwx – Middle Newar
phj – Pahari Newar
new Newari
 nwx Middle Newar
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A stone inscription in Classical Newar at Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Copper plate inscription at Swayambhunath, dated Nepal Sambat 1072 (1952 AD)

Newar (English: /nəˈwɑːr/)[2] or Newari,[lower-alpha 1] known officially in Nepal as Nepal Bhasa,[4] is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken by the Newar people, the indigenous inhabitants of Nepal Mandala, which consists of the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding regions in Nepal.

"Nepal Bhasa" literally means "Nepalese language"; however, the language is not the same as Nepali (Devanāgarī: नेपाली), the country's current official language of the central government. The two languages belong to different language families (Sino-Tibetan and Indo-European, respectively), but centuries of contact have resulted in a significant body of shared vocabulary.

Newar was Nepal's administrative language from the 14th to the late 18th century. From the early 20th century until democratisation, Newar suffered from official suppression.[5] From 1952 to 1991, the percentage of Newar speakers in the Kathmandu Valley dropped from 75% to 44%[6] and today Newar culture and language are under threat.[7] The language has been listed as being "Definitely endangered language" by UNESCO.[8]


The name Nepal Bhasa, which literally means Nepal Language, originates from Nepal Mandala. Until 1960s, the Kathmandu Valley was known as Nepal Valley or Nepa Valley.[9] A government report from 1961 describes the valley being grouped as Kathmandu District, which is different from today's Kathmandu District, marks the commencement of referring the valley as Kathmandu Valley.[10][11] The term Nepa Valley is still used among Newa population[12][13][14][15] and local governments,[16] while senior citizens still tend to refer the valley as Nepal.[17] A larger region surrounding the valley is known as Nepal Mandala. Therefore, the language spoken in Nepal Valley and Nepal Mandala became known as Nepal Bhasa.[18][19][20]

The earliest occurrences of the name Nepālabhāṣā (Devanāgarī: नेपालभाषा) or Nepālavāc (Devanāgarī: नेपालवाच) can be found in the manuscripts of a commentary to the Nāradasaṃhitā, dated 1380 AD, and a commentary to the Amarkośa, dated 1386 AD.[21][22] Since then, the name has been used widely on inscriptions, manuscripts, documents and books.

In the 1920s, the name of the language known as Khas Kura,[23] Gorkhali or Parbatiya[24] was changed to Nepali,[25][26][27] Conversely, the term Gorkhali in the former national anthem entitled "Shreeman Gambhir" was changed to Nepali in 1951.[28] Gorkha Bhasa Prakashini Samiti (Gorkha Language Publishing Committee), a government institution established in 1913 (B.S. 1970) for advancement of Gorkha Bhasa, renamed itself as Nepali Bhasa Prakashini Samiti (Nepali Language Publishing Committee) in 1933 (B.S. 1990), which is currently known as Sajha Prakashan.[29]

The term Newari is considered as a derogatory term.[3] On 7 September 1995, the cabinet of ministers decided to use "Nepala Bhasa" instead of "Newari".[30][31][32] On 13 November 1998, the Minister of Information and Communication issued another directive to use the name Nepal Bhasa instead of Newari.[33][34] However, the Central Bureau of Statistics has not been doing so.[35]

A colloquial term is Newa Bhaay (Devanāgarī: नेवा: भाय्, IAST: Nevāḥ Bhāy) is also used.

Geographic distribution

Newar is spoken by over a million people in Nepal according to the 2001 census.

With an increase in emigration, various bodies and societies of Newar-speaking people have emerged in countries such as the US, the UK, Australia, and Japan.

Official status


Newar was Nepal Mandala's (then only known as Nepal) administrative language from the 14th to the late 18th century. From the early 20th century until democratization, Newar suffered from official suppression.[5] The Language Commission of Nepal has recommended Bagmati Province to provide Nepal Bhasa (Newar) the status of official language, alongside Tamang. The commission also recommends Nepal Bhasa (Newar) for official status in specific areas and purposes in Province No. 1 and Gandaki Province.[39] At local levels, Nepal Bhasa (Newar) has official status in Kathmandu Metropolitan City,[40] Lalitpur Metropolitan City[41] and Kirtipur Municipality[42] Chandragiri Municipality, Shankharapur Municipality, Tarkeshwor Municipality of Kathmandu district; Banepa Municipality, Dhulikhel Municipality of Kavre district; Godavari Municipality of Lalitpur district; and Bhaktapur Municipality, Madhyapur Thimi Municipality of Bhaktapur district have recognized Nepal Bhasa in some ways. Similarly, Bhimeshor Municipality has recognized and made policy-level decisions for Dolakha Nepal Bhasa.[41]


Newar is an additional official language in Sikkim for the purpose of preservation of culture and tradition in the state.[43] The official weekly publication Sikkim Herald has a Newar Edition.[44] The Information & Public Relations Department also broadcasts news bulletin in Newar.[45]


Nepal Bhasa is included as elective mother tongue subject in schools by Curriculum Development Committee.[46] Tribhuvan University offers Bachelors, Masters, Mphil and PhD degree in Nepal Bhasa.[47] Expiates[who?] can study Nepal Bhasa at Bishwa Bhasa Campus in Kathmandu.[48] Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Kirtipur Municipality is teaching Nepal Bhasa as a local language.[49] Newar is taught in schools of Sikkim.[50]

Relationship with other Tibeto-Burman languages

The exact placement of Newar within the Tibeto-Burman language family has been a source of controversies and confusion. Robert Shafer classified Newar as part of his Bodic division of Sino-Tibetan.[51] George Van Driem classified Newar within the Mahakiranti grouping but he later retracted his hypothesis in 2003. Moreover, he proposed a new grouping called "Maha-Newari" which possibly includes Baram–Thangmi.[52]

T. R. Kansakar attributes the difficulty about the placement of Newar to the inability of scholars to connect it with the migration patterns of the Tibeto-Burman speakers. Since Newar separated from rest of the family very early in history, it is difficult or at least arbitrary to reconstruct the basic stratum that contributed to present day Newar speech. He underscored the point that the language evolved from mixed racial/linguistic influences that do not lend easily to a neat classification.[53]

A classification (based on Glover's[54]) indicating a percentage of shared vocabulary within the labeled branch and an approximate time of split:[citation needed]


ɫ "%" indicates lexical similarity/common vocabulary between Newar and the other languages in the branch. The date indicates an approximate time when the language diverged.
ɞ Van Driem labelled this branch as "Parakiranti" and included it together with Kiranti branch to form Maha Kiranti group. However, he would later drop this hypothesis.
ʌ All languages within this branch have extensive Indo-Aryan vocabulary. It is hypothesised that either ancient IndoAryan admixture happened before Newar-Thangmi-Baram split or that Thangmi-Baram borrowed through Newari.[52]

History and development

According to the linguist Glover, Newari and the Chepang language must have diverged around 2200 BC. It is estimated that Newari shares 28% of its vocabulary with Chepang. At the same time, a very large and significant proportion of Newari vocabulary is Indo-European in origin, by one estimate more than 50%, indicating an influence of at least 1,600 years from Indo-European languages, first from Sanskrit, Maithili, Persian, and Urdu and today from Hindi, Nepali and English.[55]

Newar words appeared in Sanskrit inscriptions in the Kathmandu Valley for the first time in the fifth century. The words are names of places, taxes and merchandise indicating that it already existed as a spoken language during the Licchavi period (approximately 400-750 AD).[56]

Inscriptions in Newar emerged from the 12th century, the palm-leaf manuscript from Uku Bahah being the first example.[57] By the 14th century, Newar had become an administrative language as shown by the official proclamations and public notices written in it. The first books, manuals, histories and dictionaries also appeared during this time. The Gopalarajavamsavali, a history of Nepal, appeared in 1389 AD.[58] From the 14th century onwards, an overwhelming number of stone inscriptions in the Kathmandu Valley, where they are a ubiquitous element at heritage sites, are in Newar.[59]

Newar developed as the court and state language of Nepal from the 14th to the late 18th centuries.[25] It was the definite language of stone and copper plate inscriptions, royal decrees, chronicles, Hindu and Buddhist manuscripts, official documents, journals, title deeds, correspondence and creative writing. Records of the life-cycle ceremonies of Malla royalty and the materials used were written in Newar.[60]

The period 1505–1847 AD was a golden age for Newar literature. Poetry, stories, epics, and dramas were produced in great numbers during this time which is known as the Classical Period. Since then it entered a period of decline due to official disapproval and oftentimes outright attempts to stamp it out.

Newar can be classified into the old and new eras. Although there is no specific demarcation between the two, the period 1846–1941 AD during the Rana regime is taken as the dividing period between the two.[61]


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Ancient era

An example of the language of the ancient period is provided by the following line from the palm-leaf manuscript from Uku Bahah which dates from 1114 AD. It is a general discussion of business transactions.

छीन ढाको तृसंघष परिभोग। छु पुलेंग कीत्य बिपार वस्त्र बिवु मिखा तिवु मदुगुन छु सात दुगुनव ल्है
chīna ḍhākō tr̥saṃghaṣa paribhōga, chu pulēṃga kītya bipāra vastra bivu mikhā tivu maduguna chu sāta dugunava lhai

Medieval era

The language flourished as an administrative and literary language during the medieval period.[25] Noted royal writers include Mahindra Malla, Siddhi Narsingh Malla, and Jagat Prakash Malla. An example of the language used during this period is provided by the following lines from Mooldevshashidev written by Jagat Prakash Malla.[62]

धु छेगुकि पाछाव वाहान
dhu chēguki pāchāva vāhāna
तिलहित बिया हिङ लाहाति थाय थायस
tilahita biyā hiŋa lāhāti thāya thāyasa

The verse is a description of Shiva and the use of a tiger skin as his seat.

Dark age

Newar began to be sidelined after the Gorkha conquest of Nepal and the ouster of the Malla dynasty by the Shah dynasty in the late 18th century. Since then, its history has been one of constant suppression and struggle against official disapproval.[63]

Following the advent of the Shahs, the Gorkhali language became the court language,[64] and Newar was replaced as the language of administration.[65] However, Newar continued to remain in official use for a time as shown by the 1775 treaty with Tibet which was written in it.[25] A few of the new rulers cultivated the language. Kings Prithvi Narayan Shah, Rana Bahadur and Rajendra Bikram Shah composed poetry and wrote plays in it.

Newar suffered heavily under the repressive policy of the Rana dynasty (1846–1951 AD) when the regime attempted to wipe it out.[66][67] In 1906, legal documents written in Newar were declared unenforceable, and any evidence in the language was declared null and void.[68] The rulers forbade literature in Newar, and writers were sent to jail.[69] In 1944, Buddhist monks who wrote in the language were expelled from the country.[70][71]

Moreover, hostility towards the language from neighbours grew following massive migration into the Kathmandu Valley leading to the indigenous Newars becoming a minority.[72] During the period 1952 to 1991, the percentage of the valley population speaking Newar dropped from 74.95% to 43.93%.[73] The Nepal Bhasa movement arose as an effort to save the language.

Nepal Bhasa movement

Sit-in outside the prime minister's residence to mark Black Day on 1 June 2013.

Newars have been fighting to save their language in the face of opposition from the government and hostile neighbours from the time of the repressive Rana regime till today.[74] The movement arose against the suppression of the language that began with the rise of the Shah dynasty in 1768 AD, and intensified during the Rana regime (1846–1951) and Panchayat system (1960–1990).[75]

At various times, the government has forbidden literature in Newar, banned the official use and removed it from the media and the educational system.[76] Opponents have even petitioned the Supreme Court to have its use barred.

Activism has taken the form of publication of books and periodicals to public meets and protest rallies. Writers and language workers have been jailed or expelled from the country, and they have continued the movement abroad. The struggle for linguistic rights has sometimes combined with the movement for religious and political freedom in Nepal.

Renaissance era

Cover of Buddha Dharma wa Nepal Bhasa ("Buddhism and Nepalese") magazine dated 1929.
'Aesop's Fables' in Newar by Jagat Sundar Malla, first published in 1915.

The period between 1909 and 1941 is considered as the renaissance era of Newar.[77] During this period, a few authors braved official disapproval and started writing, translating, educating and restructuring the language. Writers Nisthananda Bajracharya, Siddhidas Mahaju, Jagat Sundar Malla and Yogbir Singh Kansakar are honored as the Four Pillars of Nepal Bhasa. Shukraraj Shastri and Dharmaditya Dharmacharya were also at the forefront of the Renaissance.

In 1909, Bajracharya published the first printed book using movable type. Shastri wrote a grammar of the language entitled Nepal Bhasa Vyakaran, the first one in modern times. It was published from Kolkata in 1928. His other works include Nepal Bhasa Reader, Books 1 and 2 (1933) and an alphabet book Nepali Varnamala (1933).[78]

Mahaju's translation of the Ramayan and books on morals and ethics, Malla's endeavours to impart education in the native language and other literary activities marked the renaissance. Dharmacharya published the first magazine in Newar Buddha Dharma wa Nepal Bhasa ("Buddhism and Nepalese") from Kolkata in 1925. Also, the Renaissance marked the beginning of the movement to get official recognition for the name "Nepal Bhasa" in place of the Khas imposed term "Newari".

Some of the lines of Mahaju read as follows:

सज्जन मनुष्या संगतनं मूर्ख नापं भिना वै
sajjana manuṣyā saṃgatanaṃ mūrkha nāpaṃ bhinā vai
पलेला लपते ल वंसा म्वति थें ल सना वै
palēlā lapatē la vaṃsā mvati thēṃ la sanā vai

The verse states that even a moron can improve with the company of good people just like a drop of water appears like a pearl when it descends upon the leaves of a lotus plant.

Modern Newar

Jail years

The years 1941–1945 are known as the jail years for the large number of authors who were imprisoned for their literary or political activities. It was a productive period and resulted in an outpouring of literary works.

Chittadhar Hridaya, Siddhicharan Shrestha and Phatte Bahadur Singh were among the prominent writers of the period who were jailed for their writings. While in prison, Hridaya produced his greatest work Sugata Saurabha,[79] an epic poem on the life of Gautama Buddha.[69] Shrestha wrote a collection of poems entitled Seeswan ("Wax Flower", published in 1948) among other works. Singh (1902–1983) was sentenced to life imprisonment for editing and publishing an anthology of poems by various poets entitled Nepali Bihar.[80]

The efforts of Newar authors coincided with the revival of Theravada Buddhism in Nepal, which the rulers disliked equally. In 1946, the monks who had been exiled by the Ranas in 1944 for teaching Buddhism and writing in Newar were allowed to return following international pressure. Restrictions on publication were relaxed, and books could be published after being censored. The monks wrote wide-ranging books on Buddhism and greatly enriched the corpus of religious literature.[81][82]

Outside the Kathmandu Valley in the 1940s, poets like Ganesh Lal Shrestha of Hetauda composed songs and put on performances during festivals.[83]

The 1950s

Nepal Bhasa Patrika daily newspaper dated 5 November 1960.

Following the overthrow of the Rana dynasty and the advent of democracy in 1951, restrictions on publication in Newar were removed. Books, magazines and newspapers appeared. A daily newspaper Nepal Bhasa Patrika began publication in 1955.[84] Textbooks were published and Newar was included in the curriculum. Nepal Rastriya Vidhyapitha recognised Newar as an alternative medium of instruction in the schools and colleges affiliated to it.

Literary societies like Nepal Bhasa Parisad were formed and Chwasa: Pasa returned from exile.[63] In 1958, Kathmandu Municipality passed a resolution that it would accept applications and publish major decisions in Newar in addition to the Nepali language.[85]

Second dark age

Democracy lasted for a brief period, and Newar and other languages of Nepal entered a second Dark Age with the dissolution of parliament and the imposition of the Panchayat system in 1960. Under its policy of "one nation, one language", only the Nepali language was promoted, and all the other languages of Nepal were suppressed as "ethnic" or "local" languages.[86]

In 1963, Kathmandu Municipality's decision to recognize Newar was revoked. In 1965, the language was also banned from being broadcast over Radio Nepal.[87] Those who protested against the ban were put in prison, including Buddhist monk Sudarshan Mahasthavir.

The New Education System Plan brought out in 1971 eased out Nepal's other languages from the schools in a bid to diminish the country's multi-lingual traditions.[88] Students were discouraged from choosing their native language as an elective subject because it was lumped with technical subjects.[74] Nepal's various languages began to stagnate as the population could not use them for official, educational, employment or legal purposes.

Birat Nepal Bhasa Sahitya Sammelan Guthi (Grand Nepal Bhasa Literary Conference Trust), formed in 1962 in Bhaktapur, and Nepal Bhasa Manka Khala, founded in 1979 in Kathmandu, are some of the prominent organizations that emerged during this period to struggle for language rights. The names of these organizations also annoyed the government which, on one occasion in 1979, changed the name of Brihat Nepal Bhasa Sahitya Sammelan Guthi in official media reports.[89]

Some lines by the famous poet Durga Lal Shrestha of this era are as follows:[90]

घाः जुयाः जक ख्वइगु खः झी
स्याःगुलिं सः तइगु खः
झी मसीनि ! झी मसीनि !
धइगु चिं जक ब्वैगु खः
We are crying because we are wounded
We are shouting because of the pain
All in all, we are demonstrating
That we are not dead yet.

Post-1990 People's Movement

After the 1990 People's Movement that brought the Panchayat system to an end, the languages of Nepal enjoyed greater freedom.[91] The 1990 constitution recognized Nepal as a multiethnic and multilingual country. The Nepali language in the Devanagari script was declared the language of the nation and the official language. Meanwhile, all the languages spoken as native languages in Nepal were named national languages.[92]

In 1997, Kathmandu Metropolitan City declared that its policy to officially recognize Nepal Bhasa would be revived. The rest of the city governments in the Kathmandu Valley announced that they too would recognize it. However, critics petitioned the Supreme Court to have the policy annulled, and in 1999, the Supreme Court quashed the decision of the local bodies as being unconstitutional.[93]

Post-2006 People's Movement

A second People's Movement in 2006 ousted the Shah dynasty and Nepal became a republic which gave the people greater linguistic freedom. The 2007 Interim Constitution states that the use of one's native language in a local body or office shall not be barred.[94] However, this has not happened in practice. Organizations with names in Newar are not registered, and municipality officials refuse to accept applications written in the language.[95][96]

The restoration of democracy has been marked by the privatization of the media. Various people and organizations are working for the development of Newar. Newar has several newspapers, a primary level curriculum, several schools, several FM stations (selected time for Newar programs), regular TV programs and news (on Image TV Channel), Nepal Bhasa Music Award (a part of Image Award) and several websites (including a Wikipedia in Nepal Bhasa[97]).

The number of schools teaching Newar has increased, and Newar is also being offered in schools outside the Kathmandu Valley.[98]

Outside Nepal Mandala

Inscriptions written in Newar occur across Nepal Mandala and outside.

In Gorkha, the Bhairav Temple at Pokharithok Bazaar contains an inscription dated Nepal Sambat 704 (1584 AD), which is 185 years before the conquest of the Kathmandu Valley by the Gorkha Kingdom. The Palanchowk Bhagawati Temple situated to the east of Kathmandu contains an inscription recording a land donation dated Nepal Sambat 861 (1741 AD).[99]

In Bhojpur in east Nepal, an inscription at the Bidyadhari Ajima Temple dated Nepal Sambat 1011 (1891 AD) records the donation of a door and tympanum. The Bindhyabasini Temple in Bandipur in west Nepal contains an inscription dated Nepal Sambat 950 (1830 AD) about the donation of a tympanum.[100]

Outside Nepal, Newar has been used in Tibet. Official documents and inscriptions recording votive offerings made by Newar traders have been found in Lhasa.[101] A copper plate dated Nepal Sambat 781 (1661 AD) recording the donation of a tympanum is installed at the shrine of Chhwaskamini Ajima (Tibetan: Palden Lhamo) in the Jokhang Temple.[102]


Newar literature has a long history. It has one of the oldest literatures of the Sino-Tibetan languages (together with Chinese, Tibetan, Tangut, Burmese, Yi, etc.)


Dramas are traditionally performed in open Dabu (stage). Most of the traditional dramas are tales related to deities and demons. Masked characters and music are central elements to such dramas. Most of them are narrated with the help of songs sung at intervals. Such dramas resemble dance in many cases. The theme of most dramas is the creation of a social well-being with morals illustrating the rise, turbulence, and fall of evil. There is fixed dates in the Nepal Sambat (Nepal Era) calendar for the performance of specific drama. Most of the dramas are performed by specific Guthis.


Poetry writing constituted a splendid part of medieval Malla aristocracy. Many of the kings were well-renowned poets. Siddhidas Mahaju and Chittadhar Hridaya are two great poets in the language.

Prose fiction

Prose fiction in Newar is a relatively new field of literature compared to other fields. Most fiction was written in poetry form until the medieval era. Consequently, almost all prose fiction belongs to the modern Newar era. Collections of short stories in Newar are more popular than novels.


The art of verbal storytelling is very old in Newar. There are a variety of mythical and social stories that have aided in establishing the norm of Kathmandu valley. Stories ranging from the origin of Kathmandu valley to the temples of the valley and the important monuments have been passed down verbally in Newar and very few exist in written form. However, with an increase in the literacy rate and an awareness among the people, folklore stories are being written down. Stories on other topics are also becoming popular.


Kansakar (2011)[103] recognizes three main Newar dialect clusters.

  • Western: Tansen (Palpa), Butwal, Nepalgunj, Old Pokhara, Dumre, Bandipur, Ridhi (Gulmi), Baglung, Dotili / Silgadi
  • Central: Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Thimi, Kirtipur, Chitlang, Lele, Balaju, Tokha, Pharping, Thankot, Dadikot, Balami, Gopali, Bungamati, Badegaon, Pyangaon, Chapagaon, Lubhu, Sankhu, Chakhunti, Gamtsa Gorkha, Badikhel (Pahari), Kavrepalanchok District dialects (Banepa, Nala, Sangaa, Chaukot, Panauti, Dhulikhel, Duti), Khampu, Khopasi
  • Eastern: Chainpur, Dharan, Dolakha, Sindhupalchok, Taplejung, Terhathum, Bhojpur, Dhankuta, Narayangadh, Jhapa, Ilam

Kansakar (2011) also gives the following classification of Newar dialects based on verb conjugation morphology.

  • Central
    • Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Kirtipur, Chitlang, Lele
    • Bhaktapur, Thimi
  • Eastern
    • Dolakha, Tauthali, Jethal, Listikot, Doti
    • Pahari (Badikhel)

Kapali (1141 N.S.) gives the following classification of Nepal Bhasa dialects based on mutual intelligibility.[104][105]

  • Nepa Valley (Kathmandu Valley)
    • Eastern - includes the region of Bhaktapur, Sakwa and seven villages of Kavre.
    • Western - includes Kathmandu and Lalitpur
  • Dwalkha- includes Dolakha and Charikot of Dolakha district, Tauthali and Jethal of Sindupalchok district, and Duti of Kavre district.
  • Smaller dialects based on locality
    • Pyang gaan, a village in Lalitpur
  • Smaller dialects based on caste group
    • Gopali
    • Balami
    • Pahari

Other ways Nepal Bhasa is classified are as follows:-

Also known as Khwapey Bhāy ख्वपय् भाय्, this dialect is more archaic than the standard. Variations exist in the use of this form of language in Bhaktapur, Banepa, Panauti, and Dhulikhel.
This dialect is used in Chitlang, a place south of Kathmandu valley in Makawanpur district. This is one of the biggest Newar bastions at Chitlang. Balami caste predominates there.
This is the most preserved form of the language and resembles the old Newar.
Kathmandu dialect, also known as Yenmi Bhāy येँमि भाय्, is one of the dominant forms of the language and very close to the standard form of the language used in academia and media. It is also the most widely used dialect. It is spoken especially in Kathmandu. Lalitpur dialect, also known as Yeley Bhāy यलय् भाय्, is the most dominant form of language and is the standard form of language used in academics and media. It is also very widely used dialect. It is especially spoken in Lalitpur. Due to the similarity between Kathmandu and Lalitpur dialects, it is often grouped as one. Almost 95% of Nepal Bhasa publications are in this dialect.[106]
Pahari variation of Nepal Bhasa is spoken among the Pahari caste.[107]
A variation of Nepal Bhasa spoken in Pyaangaan town of Lalitpur district.[108]

Religions play a register-like role in dialectical diversity though they are minor. It has been recorded from the Malla period. Hinduism and Buddhism were present at that age and few words in Hinduism and Buddhism of Newar differs. With the recent growth of Christianity, Islam, other religions, and atheism in Nepal, the diversity in the speech registers regarding religious terminology has become more extended, such as omitting the word dyaḥ (द्यः, 'god') after the name of a deity by many people whereas it is retained in Hinduism and Buddhism.



Labial Dental/
Retroflex (Alveolo-)
Velar Glottal
Nasal voiced m n ŋ
voiceless p t ʈ k
aspirated ʈʰ tɕʰ
voiced b d ɖ ɡ
murmured ɖʱ dʑʱ ɡʱ
Fricative s h
Tap voiced (ɾ) [ɽ]
murmured [ɾʱ] [ɽʱ]
Approximant voiced w l j
  • Marginal phonemes are in parentheses.
  • Allophonic variants are in Square brackets.
  • Green phonemes occur only in Kathmandu Newar.
  • Sounds in Light salmon occur only in Dolakha Newar.
  • Tap consonants mainly occur as word-medial alternates of /t/, /d/, // or /ɖ/ (in Dolakha only).
  • /s/ can be heard as [ɕ] when occurring before front vowels/glide /i, e, j/.
  • In Kathmandu Newar, /ŋ/ only occurs as word-final.
  • Affricates /tɕ, dʑ/ can also shift to retracted sounds [t̠s̠, d̠z̠] when occurring before back vowels.


Front Central Back
short long nasal short long nasal short long nasal
Close i ĩ u ũ
Close-mid e o õ
Mid (ə) (əː) (ə̃) ɔ~ɑ ɔː~ɑː ɔ̃~ɑ̃
Open-mid ɛː ɛ̃
Open æː æ̃ a ã
  • Green vowels occur only in Kathmandu Newar.
  • /o, oː/ and /u/ can also be heard as [ɔ, ɔː], and [ʊ].
  • In Kathmandu Newar, the back vowel sound in dark red occurs as [ɔ], [ə], or [ɑ].
  • In Dolakha Newar, the back vowel sound in dark red can be [ɑ], [ʌ], or [ə].[109][110][111]
  • The following nasal vowels can also be distinguished in vowel length as /ĩː ẽː ɔ̃ː ãː õː ũː/.


Front Central Back
oral nasal oral nasal oral nasal
Diphthong Close ui
Mid ei ɔi ɔĩ ɔu ɔũ
Open ai au

Writing systems

Detail of King Pratap Malla's inscription at Kathmandu Durbar Square of 1654 AD written in Nepal Lipi.
Prayer wheels with the mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" in Ranjana script at Swayambhu, Kathmandu.

Nepal Bhasa is currently written in Nepal Lipi, Ranajana Lipi and Devanagari script. The script originally used, Nepal Lipi or "Nepalese script", fell into disuse at the beginning of the 20th century when writing in the language and the script was banned, which resulted in emergence of Devanagari script.[112] However, in past decades attempts are being made for revival.[113]

Nepal Lipi, also known as Nepal Akha,[114] emerged in the 10th century. Over the centuries, a number of variants of Nepali Lipi have appeared.

Nepal has been written in a variety of abugida scripts:

Devanagari is the most widely used script at present, as it is common in Nepal and India. Ranjana script was the most widely used script to write Classical Nepalese in ancient times. It is experiencing a revival due to the recent rise of cultural awareness. The Prachalit script is also in use. All used to write Nepal but Devanagari are descended from a script called the Nepal script.[citation needed]

Ranjana alphabet

Classical Nepalese materials written in Ranjana can be found in present-day Nepal, East Asia, and Central Asia.


Special consonant in Nepal omitted.

Ranjana k.svg k क Ranjana kh.svg kʰ ख Ranjana g.svg g ग Ranjana gh.svg gʱ घ Ranjana ng.svg ŋ ङ
Ranjana c.svg t͡ɕ च Ranjana ch.svg t͡ɕʰ छ Ranjana j.svg d͡ʑ ज Ranjana jh.svg d͡ʑʱ झ Ranjana ny.svg ɲ ञ
Ranjana tt.svg ʈ ट Ranjana tth.svg ʈʰ ठ Ranjana dd.svg ɖ ड Ranjana ddh.svg ɖʱ ढ Ranjana nn.svg ɳ ण
Ranjana t.svg t त Ranjana th.svg tʰ थ Ranjana d.svg d द Ranjana dh.svg dʱ ध Ranjana n.svg n न
Ranjana p.svg p प Ranjana ph.svg pʰ फ Ranjana b.svg b ब Ranjana bh.svg bʱ भ Ranjana m.svg m म
Ranjana y.svg y य Ranjana r.svg r र Ranjana l.svg l ल Ranjana v.svg w व
Ranjana sh.svg ɕ श Ranjana ss.svg ʂ ष Ranjana s.svg s̪ स Ranjana h.svg h ह
Ranjana ksh.svg kʂ क्ष Ranjana tr.svg t̪r त्र Ranjana jny.svg d͡ʑɲ ज्ञ


Vowel diacritics applied to [kə]
Vowel diacritics applied to [ɡə]
Vowel diacritics applied to [bə]

There are 3 series of vowel diacritics - the [kə]-like system, the [ɡə]-like system, and the [bə]-like system.

  • Use the [kə]-like system when applying to [kə], [d͡ʑə], [mʱə], [hʲə], [kʂə], and [d͡ʑɲə]
  • Use the [ɡə]-like system when applying to [ɡə], [kʰə], [ɲə], [ʈʰə], [ɳə], [tʰə], [dʱə], and [ɕə]
  • Use the [bə]-like system when applying to [bə], [ɡʱə], [ŋə], [t͡ɕə], [t͡ɕʰə], [d͡ʑʱə], [ʈə], [ɖə], [ɖʱə], [tə], [də], [nə], [nʱə], [pə], [pʰə], [bə], [bʱə], [mə], [jə], [rə], [hʳə], [lə], [lʱə], [wə], [wʱə], [ʂə], [sə], [hə], [trə]

Note that many of the consonants mentioned above (e.g. [bʱə], [ɖʱə], [ɡʱə], etc.) occur only in loan words and mantras.

Consonant-free vowels


  • The numerals used in Ranjana script are as follows (from 0 to 9):
Ranjana 0.svg 0 Ranjana 1.svg 1 Ranjana 2.svg 2 Ranjana 3.svg 3 Ranjana 4.svg 4 Ranjana 5.svg 5 Ranjana 6.svg 6 Ranjana 7.svg 7 Ranjana 8.svg 8 Ranjana 9.svg 9

Devanagari orthography

Modern Newar is written generally with the Devanagari script, although formerly it was written in the Ranjana and other scripts. The letters of the Nagari alphabet are traditionally listed in the order vowels (monophthongs and diphthongs), anusvara and visarga, stops (plosives and nasals) (starting in the back of the mouth and moving forward), and finally the liquids and fricatives, written in IAST as follows (see the tables below for details):

a ā i ī u ū ṛ ṝ ḷ ḹ; e ai o au
ṃ ḥ
k kh g gh ṅ; c ch j jh ñ; ṭ ṭh ḍ ḍh ṇ; t th d dh n; p ph b bh m
y r l v; ś ṣ s h

Kathmandu Newar does not use ñ for the palatal nasal but instead writes this sound with the ligature ⟨ny⟩ as for example in the word nyā 'five'. Orthographic vowel length (i vs ī and u vs ū) represents a difference of vowel length while the vowels with no orthographic length (a and ā) is indicated with the visarga (e.g. khāḥ (IPA: /kʰaː/) 'is').


The vowels, called mā ākha (माआखः), meaning "mother letters", used in Newar are:

Orthography अः आः अँ अं अय् आय् एय्
Roman a a: aa aa: i ii u uu ri rii lri lrii e ai o au an aN ay aay ey

Even though ऋ, ॠ, ऌ, ॡ are present in Newar, they are rarely used. Instead, some experts suggest including अय् (ay) and आय् (aay) in the list of vowels.[115]


The consonants, called bā ākha (बाआखः), meaning "father letters", used in Newar are:

/kə/ /kʰə/ /gə/ /gʱə/ /ŋə/ /ŋʱə/
/t͡ɕə/ /t͡ɕʰə/ /d͡ʑə/ /d͡ʑʱə/ /ɲə/ /ɲʱə/
/ʈə/ /ʈʰə/ /ɖə/ /ɖʱə/ /ɳə/ /ɳʱə/
/tə/ /tʰə/ /də/ /dʱə/ /nə/ /nʱə/
/pə/ /pʰə/ /bə/ /bʱə/ /mə/ /mʱə/
ह्य ह्र ल्ह व्ह
/jə/ /hjə/ /rə/ /hrə/ /lə/ /lʱə/ /wə/ /wʱə/
/ɕə/ /ʂə/ /sə/ /hə/
क्ष त्र ज्ञ
/kʂə/ /t̪rə/ /d͡ʑɲə/

ङ्ह, ञ्ह, ण्ह, न्ह, म्ह, ह्य, ह्र, ल्ह and व्ह are sometimes included in the list of consonants as they have a specific identity in Nepal.

The use of ङ and ञ was very common in the old form of language. However, in the new form, especially in writing, the use of these characters has diminished. The use of ण, त, थ, द, ध, न, श, ष, क्ष, त्र, ज्ञ is limited by the new grammar books to the loan words only.

Complex/compound consonants

Besides the consonants mentioned above, combined consonants called chinā ākha (चिना आखः) are used.


  • The same numericals in Devnagari are:
In Devanāgarī
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


Nepala Bhasa Roman Transliteration (NBRT) was introduced in 2021, with some modifications to International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration.[116]


Newar language is one of the few Tibeto-Burman languages with a clusivity distinction.

Noun cases

Noun cases in Newar have six cases and are differentiated based on whether the term in question is animate or inanimate. The following charts provides case endings that can be affixed on the end of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in IAST transliteration for contemporary and old (or "classical") Newar.

Noun Case Endings in Contemporary Newar[117][118]
Inanimate Animate/non-honourific Animate/honourific
Case Singular Singular Plural Singular Plural
Instrumental/Ergative -ṃ, -ḥṃ -ṃ, -ḥṃ (-sa-) -ṃ,


-ṃ, -ḥṃ -pisaṃ,


Absolutive -ta -pīṃ
Sociative X -yāke, -ike -tayke -yāke, -ike -pīṃke
Dative -yāta -yāta, -ta -tayta, -ita -yāta -pīṃta
Genitive -yā -yā -tay -yā -pini
Locative -e, -ay, -ī X X X X
Noun Case Endings in Old Newar[119]
Inanimate Animate/non-honourific Animate/honourific
Case Singular Singular Plural Singular Plural
Instrumental/Ergative -n -n -taseṃ -n, -seṃ -paniseṃ
Absolutive -ta, -to -pani
Sociative -va -va -mis(a)va -va -panis(a)va
Dative -taṃ, -yātā -taṃ, -yātaṃ -mistaṃ -yātaṃ -panistaṃ
Genitive -yā -yā -tas, -mis -yā -panis
Locative -s -(s)ke, -yāke X -(s)ke, -yāke -paniske

Sentence structure

Statement sentence-
This language is a SOV (subject–object–verb) language. For instance, "My name is Bilat (Birat)" is "Jigu Na'aa Bilat Khaa'a " which word by word translation becomes, "My (Jigu) Name (Na'aa) Bilat is (Khaa'a)".

Interrogative sentence-
In the case of Newar language, Wh-questions are rather "G-questions" with "when/which" being replaced by "Gublay/Gugu" respectively. There is an additional "Guli" which is used for "How much/How many". A S-word "Soo" is used for "who". "Chhoo/Schoo (with a silent 's')" is used for "What", and "Gathey" is used for "How".


Suffix- "Chaa" and "Ju" are two popular suffixes. "Chaa" is added to signify "junior" or "lesser". But when added to a name, it is used derogatorily. For example, kya'ah-chaa means nephew where "chaa" is being added to kya'ah(son). When added to name like Birat for "Birat-chaa", it is being used derogatorily. The suffix "ju" is added to show respect. For example, "Baa-ju" means "father-in-law" where "ju" is added to "Baa(father)". Unlike "chaa", "ju" is not added to a first/last name directly. Instead, honorific terms like "Bhaaju" is added for males and "Mayju" for females. Example, "Birat bhaaju" for a male name (Birat) and "Suja Mayju" for a female name (Suja).

Prefix – "Tap'ah" is added to denote "remote" or "distant" relative ('distance' in relationship irrespective of spatial extent). A distant (younger) brother (kija) becomes "tap'ah-kija". "Tuh" is added to denote "higher". Father (baa)'s senior brother is referred to as "Tuh-baa".

Indo-Aryan loanwords

Newar is one of the most Aryanized Sino-Tibetan languages. Below are some basic words borrowed from Indo-Iranian languages:[120]

Words Origin (orig. word) Meaning
Abu Persian Father




La:h (ल:) Sanskrit (Jala:h) Water
Kaa:sa Sanskrit Bronze
Ka:h Pali (Kana) Blind (Original meaning in Pali was "one-eyed")




Kaji Arabic leader
Kimi (कीमी) Sanskrit (Krmi) Hookworm
Khaapaa (खापा) Pali Door (Original meaning in Pali was "door panel")
Khicha: (खिचा) Sanskrit (Kukkura:h) Dog




Dya:h Sanskrit (Dev) Deity
Naa:n Sanskrit


Nhya:h Sanskrit (Na:sika) Nose




Dey (देय) Sanskrit


Bhukha Sanskrit


Manu Sanskrit






Mhu:tu Sanskrit (Mukh) Mouth
Gha:h Sanskrit


Water pot
Dekhā Sanskrit


Pukhuri Sanskrit


Niga:h Sanskrit


Gām Sanskrit


Lhā Sanskrit



The Newar language and the Newar community

A wall slogan of Maoists using Nepal Bhasa

Nepal Bhasa is the native language of Newars. Newars form a very diverse community with people from Sino-Tibetan, ASI and ANI origin.[121] Newars follow Hinduism and Buddhism, and are subdivided into 64 castes. The language, therefore, plays a central unifying role in the existence and perpetuation of the Newar community. The poet Siddhidas Mahaju concluded that the Newar community and its rich culture can only survive if the Newar language survives (भाषा म्वासा जाति म्वाइ).

The Newars enjoyed promotions in various areas since Kathmandu become the capital of the country as they rose in ranks throughout the government, royal courts and businesses.

Newar faced a decline during the Shah era when this language was replaced by Khas Kura (later renamed Nepali) as the national language and after the introduction of the "One nation, one language" policy of King Mahendra.

See also


  1. Referring to the language as such may be seen as derogatory.[3]


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  • —— (1980) ‘Person markers: finite conjunct and disjunct forms in Newari’, in R. Trail (ed.) Papers in Southeast Asian Linguistics 7 (Pacific Linguistics Series A, no. 53), Canberra: Australian National University.
  • —— (1985) ‘Noun phrase form and cohesive function in Newari’, in U. Piepel and G. Stickel (eds.) Studia Linguistica Diachronica et Synchronica, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
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  • —— (1994) ‘Entailed kin reference and Newari -mha’, paper presented to the 27th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Paris, France.
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  • Kölver, U. (1976) ‘Satztypen und verbsubcategorisierung der Newari’, Structura 10, Munich: Fink Verlag.
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  • Kölver, U. and Shresthacarya, I. (1994) A Dictionary of Contemporary Newari, Bonn: VGH Wissenschaftsverlag.
  • Manandhar, T. (1986) Newari-English Dictionary, Delhi: Agam Kala Prakashan.
  • Malla, K. P. (1982) Classical Newari Literature: A Sketch, Kathmandu: Educational Enterprise Pvt. Ltd.
  • —— (1985) ‘The Newari language: a working outline’, Monumenta Serindica No. 14., Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
  • Shakya, D. R. (1992) ‘Nominal and verbal morphology in six dialects of Newari’, unpublished masters thesis, University of Oregon.
  • Shrestha, Uma (1990) ‘Social networks and code-switching in the Newar community of Kathmandu City’, unpublished PhD dissertation, Ball State University.
  • Shresthacharya, I. (1976) ‘Some types of reduplication in the Newari verb phrase’, Contributions to Nepalese Studies 3.1: 117–27.
  • —— (1981) ‘Newari root verbs’, Bibliotheca Himalayica 2.1, Kathmandu: Ratna Pustak Bhandar.

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