Marathi Wikipedia

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Marathi Wikipedia
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available in Marathi
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Commercial No
Registration Optional
Launched 1 May 2003

The Marathi Wikipedia (Marathi: मराठी विकिपीडिया) is the Marathi language edition of Wikipedia, a free and publicly editable online encyclopedia, and was launched on 1 May 2003. The project is one of the leading Wikipedia among other South Asian language Wikipedia's in various quality matrices.[1] It has grown on to become a Wiki containing more than 42,000 articles and has more than 23,000 registered users as of February 2012.[2]

Among most visited Marathi language websites, Marathi Wikipedia is ranked tenth by alexa.[3]



Marathi language Wikipedia is available in the domain from 2003 May 1. 'Vasant Panchami'()[4] (Vasant Panchami) and 'Audumbar' (), a poem by the poet Balkavi[5] were the first articles created on Marathi Wikipedia on 2 May 2003.

Initial growth phase

Marathi language Wikipedia picked up growth from 2006 onwards. On 13 January 2006 Marathi Wikipedia had 1500 articles.

On 27 February Marathi Day is celebrated.Marathi

Users and editors

Marathi Wikipedia statistics
Number of user accounts Number of articles Number of files Number of administrators
74249 46803 19596 10

Community and events

Media coverage and increased growth

Marathi Daily news paper Maharashtra Times was the first to cover and recommend 'Marathi language Wikipedia' on 27 July 2006.[6]

Fonts and input methods

One can use ULS "अक्षरांतरण" (Transliteration) or "मराठी लिपी" (Inscript) typing options to search or edit articles as shown in this video clip; One can click on the 'cc to change the subtitle languages to Marathi, English, Sanskrit, Kokani, Ahirani languages.

Any one of Unicode Marathi fonts input system is fine for Marathi Wikipedia. Some people use inscript. Majority uses either Google phonetic transliteration or input facility Universal Language Selector provided on Marathi Wikipedia.

Marathi Wikipedia typing in progress.

Phonetic facility provided initially was java-based later supported by Narayam extension for phonetic input facility. Currently Marathi Wikipedia is supported by Universal Language Selector (ULS), that offers both phonetic keyboard (Aksharantaran,Marathi:अक्षरांतरण) and InScript keyboard (Marathi:मराठी लिपी).



  1. ^ "Wikipedia Statistics - Tables - Marathi". Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "List of Wikipedias - Meta". Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Alexa - Top Sites by Category: World/Marathi". Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
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  6. ^ 'मराठीप्रेमी लेखक पाहिजेत!' a report filed by Maharashtra Times reporter 'Neel Weber'

External links

  • (Marathi) Main page
  • (Marathi)
  • (Marathi) Help:Extension:UniversalLanguageSelector/Input methods/mr-transliteration