Here Are 10 Things About Maharashtra You Wished You Knew

September 9, 2022

Maharashtra has been in the news for all the wrong reasons of late. However, there is a lot more to the state than its Thackerays, Khans and their headline-grabbing lives.


Did you know that Maharashtra is one of India's most populous states, second only to Uttar Pradesh? Let's look at 10 things about the state of Maharashtra you ought to know.

The city is honoured by the presence of Babasaheb’s house, Rajgruha, and his final resting place, Chaityabhoomi—sites of reverence for Dalits and others.

BR Ambedkar's Mumbai Connection

Ajanta & Ellora Caves

These UNESCO world heritage sites are located in Aurangabad district. They are cave monuments and temples, with some of them dating back to 2nd century BCE.

If you’re looking to beat the heat, it has many hill stations like Lonavla, Khandala, Matheran, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar etc.

Beautiful Hill Stations 

Scenic Beaches

If you’re not a mountain person and prefer beaches instead, the Konkan coast has many scenic beaches such as Ganpatipule, Tarkarli, Alibaug, Kashid, Murud, and more.

Given the state’s legacy of Maratha and Peshwa rule, it has many forts like Lohagad, Daultabad, Raigad, Shaniwarwada, Sindhu Garh, Pratapgad, Sinhagad and Rajmachi fort.

Iconic Forts

Malvani Cuisine

It is mainly fish-based and uses coconut (in many forms) liberally. The famed Malvani masala is said to be a combination of over 15 dry spices. Don’t forget to end your meal with a solkadhi, made from kokum and coconut milk.

Lavani is one of them. It is a combination of song and dance performed to the rhythmic beats of a Dholki. It is performed by female artistes decked in Nauvari sarees.

Local Dance Forms

Preacher Without Religion

The town of Shirdi is famous for being the former home of spiritual leader, Sai Baba. It’s unclear whether the fakir was Hindu or Muslim, and he is known to be revered by people from both faiths.

Shingnapur is famous for its Shani temple.  It is also a town where the houses don’t have doors, because of a local belief that anyone who steals something will have to deal with the wrath of Shani maharaj,.

Town Without Doors

it was a crater created by the impact of a meteor hitting the Earth. Sounds cool, right? It’s one of the four known craters anywhere in the world (the other three are in Brazil).

Swim In Lonar Lake