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About the Telugu Language

Telugu, official language and mother tongue of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states, is one of the Dravidian languages. I would like to share information of Telugu what I know.

Telugu language is one of the belonged languages of Dravidian family. There are many languages which belong to Dravidian. Some of them are Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada et cetera. “Ancient Language” status has been given to the Telugu, Sanskrit, Tamil and Kannada in 2008 by the government of India.

How has the “Telugu” name or word come?

Many arguments are there regarding how the Telugu name has come. Despite having known about it, I too don’t know how the Telugu name has come or formed exactly. Just, I am writing here what I have heard. The “Telugu” has formed from names of three temples of Lord Shiva which are in two Telugu states. Lord Shiva temples, Kaleshwaram in Karimnagar in Telangana state, Srisailam in Kurnool and Bhimavaram in West Godavari in Andhra Pradesh state, played key role in forming of the Telugu name or word.

The place was called as “Thrilinga” which was between the three temples. One of the arguments of regarding formation of forming Telugu word is Telinga, Telungu and Telugu words have come from “Thrilinga” word.

This is the information what I have known about formation of Telugu word or name. I request you (readers) if you know how the “Telugu” word or name has formed, please tell about it through comment box.

According to an estimation of linguistics, 2,400 years ago, the Telugu language was separated from the Dravidian language and it formed as an individual language.


Despite having come from the Dravidian language, all south India languages script have come from the ancient Brahmi script. Satavahana kings, subordinates of the Mourya kingdom’s emperor Asoka, brought the Brahmi script to the south India.

Mourya’s Brahmi script related letters, on the inscription of Buddhist stupa at Bhattiprolu in Guntur, were identified. According to an estimation of researchers, in the A.D. fifth century, the old Telugu script came from the Bhattiprolu script.

Every Telugu person should be proud to be a Telugu person:

Our Telugu language has got second place in worldwide in the best scripts of whole world’s languages. Korea’s script is in top position.


There are three main slangs in Telugu language. They are Telangana, Andhra and Rayalaseema.

According to the 2011 survey, Telugu is the third large number of people spoken language in India. Hindi and Bengali languages are in top and second positions. Moreover, Telugu is in fifteenth position in spoken languages in worldwide. We find Telugu spoken people worldwide wherever we go and see.

Written by B.Akhil Kumar

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