MAHARASHTRA is the third largest state in India and stands second in terms of Population. Historically Maharashtra dates back to the period of the Mahabharat as Vidarbha.The states also figures in history during the Mauryan Empire after which it was ruled by various Hindu dynasties, the last of which, the Yadav, came under the succession of Muslim rulers in 1294.With the rise of Shivaji, Maharashtra became a powerful Maratha kingdom until the fall of the Peshwas by hands of Afghan ruler Ahmeda Shah Abdali. They recovered only to be defeated by the British power in 1818 to form the Bombay Presidency. The Present state was formed on 1st May 1960. About 70 percent of the people in Maharashtra depend on agriculture. But it is also one of the most industrially and commercially developed areas in India. This is not alone, you can find here hundreds of shrines of all faiths and artistic skills of people nowhere more evident than in it’s cave temples. Apart from culture and history, Maharashtra offers a traveler idyllic bliss in land blessed by nature. Quiet and beautiful hill stations, secluded palm shaded golden beaches, dense monsoon forests with varied flora and fauna created as it were only for relaxing holiday. Mumbai is the Hollywood of India as far as film production is concerned.
Dadra & Nagar Haveli lie near the west coast surrounded by the state of Gujurat and Maharashtra.The territory was originally assigned to the Portuguese by the Maratha in 1799 AD was ruled by them till its liberation in 1954.On 11th August 1961, the territory was integrated in Indian Union.
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