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Welcome to Maharashtra

Maharashtra is one of the most industrialized states of India, it occupies the western and central parts of the country and extends over the Sahyadri mountains; a vast stretch of 720 kilometers of the Arabian sea coast providing it a beautiful backdrop. The present state of Maharashtra was formed on May 1, 1960 on uni-lingual principle by carving it out of the erstwhile Mumbai state, which included the predominantly Marathi-speaking areas as the former princely state of Hyderabad as well as the Central Provinces and Berar.


Maharashtra, a state spanning west-central India, is best known for its fast-paced capital, Mumbai (formerly Bombay). This sprawling metropolis is the seat of the Bollywood film industry. It’s also famed for sites like the British Raj-era Gateway of India monument and the cave temples at nearby Elephanta Island.


Jorwe in the Ahmadnagar district provide many evidences of ancient civilization in Maharashtra. The Chinese traveler Hiun Tsang, who visited this region in 640-641 BC, was quite appreciative of the prosperity of the region in his writings.


Besides all main festivals of India Held, Maharashtra celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi and Gudi Padva. Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day event akin to Durga Puja in Bengal, and is celebrated with as much zeal. Gudi Padva is significant as it marks the beginning of the Maharashtrian New Year.


Varied customs and traditions co-exist peacefully in Maharashtra. There are the Parsis who have made Maharashtra their home, there are the Christians and Anglo-Indians who swear by Maharashtra, there is the folk population of lohars (blacksmiths), the dhangars (shepherds) and of course the fishermen and women called the Kolis.