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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 51,326 articles and has more than 88,175 registered users.[2]

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Marathi Wikipedia homepage.jpg
Screenshot of the Marathi Wikipedia home page
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inMarathi
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Launched1 May 2003; 16 years ago (2003-05-01)

Among the 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'(वसंत पंचमी)[4] (Vasant Panchami) and 'Audumbar' (औदुंबर (कविता)), a poem by the poet Balkavi[5] were the first articles created on Marathi Wikipedia on 2 May 2003.

Initial growth phaseEdit

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.

Users and editorsEdit

Marathi Wikipedia statistics
Number of user accounts Number of articles Number of files Number of administrators
107941 53846 19186 9

Community and eventsEdit

The Marathi wikipedia has various events organised by volunteers from all over the state. Some of the notable events include,

  1. Marathi Wikipedia vachan prerna saptah
  2. Wikipedia Asian Month
  3. Marathi bhasha Gaurav Din etc

Media coverage and increased growthEdit

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

Fonts and input methodsEdit

One can use ULS "अक्षरांतरण" (Transliteration) or "मराठी लिपी" (Inscript) typing options to search or edit Marathi Wikipedia 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. 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).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Wikipedia Statistics - Tables - Marathi". Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  2. ^ "List of Wikipedias - Meta". Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Alexa - Top Sites by Category: World/Marathi". Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  4. ^वसंत_पंचमी&action=history
  5. ^औदुंबर_(कविता)&action=history
  6. ^ "Maharashtra Times". 10 July 2012. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012.

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