Maharashtra, being a part of India, boasts of a rich cultural heritage. The culture and legacy of the state is truly reflected though it’s numerous forts, palaces, caves, shrines and museum, not to mention its folk music and traditional dances. The saints and philosophers who have graced this great land have also added to its historical inheritance. Maharashtra is like an amalgamation – of different races, of different traditions and of classes. Here, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with as much enthusiasm as Diwali and Holi. This section has been provided to acquaint you with the culture of Maharashtra, comprising of its people, its religions, its languages, and the like.
It is said that dance is one of the best mediums through which you can express yourself. So, what better way to know about the culture of the state than through exploring its various dance forms. The people of Maharashtra celebrate a large number of fairs and festivals.
When we take a look down history, we get to know that the area where Maharashtra stands today has been inhibited since the Paleolithic era. All the archaeological evidences unearthed till now, date the origin of the area to somewhere around 3rd century BC.
Maharashtra is one of the geographically most diverse states in India and this diversity is the best reflected in its people and culture. The people of the state are an amalgamation of different cultures, traditions, religions, etc. You will find Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Buddhist, Zoroastrians, Christians and Sikhs, co-existing peacefully in the state.
Maharashtra, with a population of approximately 96,752,247 inhabitants (as per 2001 census), is the second most populous state in India. The large number of people that reside in the state belong to numerous religions and communities. Infact, this huge diversity is what gives Maharashtra a multi-cultural identity.