Maharashtra is the third largest state in India by area and one of the largest states in India by population. The state is also one of the fastest growing states in terms of development in India. It is also one of the best tourist destinations in India too. Maharashtra is also considered as one of the wealthiest states in India.
In this article, we have provided a list of unknown, important, unusual interesting, and funny facts about Maharashtra. So, let’s enjoy it!
13 Interesting, Important and Unknown Facts About Maharashtra
1. Popular Religious Places Are Located in Maharashtra
A good number of religious places are located in the state of Maharashtra, which includes Haji Ali Dargah, Siddhivinayak Mandir, Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir, Mahalakshmi Temple, and many others.
2. India’s Financial Capital is Located in Maharashtra
Mumbai, the financial capital of India is located in the state of Maharashtra. Mumbai is the headquarters of many large companies in India.
3. Centre of Hindi Movies
Maharashtra is the centre of Hindi movies. Most of film stars lives in Maharashtra especially in Mumbai.
4. Huge Contribution in Industrial Output
Maharashtra is one of the most industrialized states in India. It contributes 25% of the country’s industrial output.
5. Lonar Lake
Did you know? The Lonar Lake was created by a meteor hitting the Earth. It is a saltwater lake and is considered one of its kinds in India.
6. Satavahanas Ruled Maharashtra for 400 Years
Satavahanas were the first known rulers who ruled the state of Maharashtra for about 400 years between 230 BC-225 AD.
7. No Doors in All Houses of A Village In Maharashtra
Shani Shingnapur is a village located in Maharashtra. It is strange but true that, all houses in the village have no doors. People believes that whoever tries to steal anything will face the wrath of Shani god.
8. First Train Was Started In Maharashtra
The first train was started in Maharashtra between Mumbai and Thane on April 16, 1853. It was not only India’s first train but also the Asia’s first train.
9. World’s Largest Planned City
Navi Mumbai is the largest planned city in the world. The city was built to overcome from the problem of Mumbai.
10. Maharashtra Is Larger Than Many Nations
Maharashtra is larger than many countries, which includes Luxembourg, Bhutan, Fiji, Cyprus, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Qatar, Mongolia, Panama, Kuwait, Oman, Ireland, and a lot others!
11. Border States
Maharashtra has a few states which borders it, which are, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Karnataka.
12. State Specific Things
- State Tree: Mango
- State Animal: Indian Giant Squirrel
- State Flower: Jarul
- State Bird: Yellow-footed Green Pigeon
13. Official Languages
Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada and Urdu are the official languages of Maharashtra.
Article first published on May 19, 2016.