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Maharashtra Day 2019: History behind the celebration of Maharashtra Diwas

The First day in the month of May holds special significance for the state of Maharashtra as the existing state was formed on this day about 59 years ago when it was divided from Bombay in 1960.

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Maharashtra Day 2019

Maharashtra Day 2019: The First day in the month of May holds special significance for the state of Maharashtra as the existing state was formed on this day about 59 years ago when it was divided from Bombay in 1960. To commemorate this day, people of Maharashtra celebrate 1 May as the Maharashtra Day or Maharashtra Diwas, which also coincides with the International Labours’ Day.

How Mumbai became the capital of Maharashtra?

Two states were formed from the Bombay state but after the formation of a separate state, there was no peace between the two states. Both the states began to declare their rights on Bombay. The people of Gujarat said that they have a right over Bombay because they have more contribution to the development of the state. The people of Maharashtra used to say that most people there used to speak Marathi, so Bombay should be associated with their name. In the end, Lingars also won here, and Bombay was made part of Maharashtra.

How is the day celebrated in Maharashtra?

Since then, every year on 1 May, Maharashtra Day is celebrated in the whole state. This day is observed as a public holiday for government offices, banks, stock markets and educational institutes. It is also a dry day in the state.

The governor of Maharashtra addresses a large gathering at Shivaji Park in Dadar to commemorate the formation of the day. With it, the state government and private sector also launches new projects and schemes. Private celebrations including traditional Lavani performances and Marathi poem recitations also take place.

On Maharashtra Day, Here’s a Look Things Maharashtra is Famous For: 

Bollywood 

Besides being the financial capital of the country, Mumbai is also home to the Hindi film industry popularly called the Bollywood. Home to a galaxy of megastars and superstars, entertainment and films are a way of life in Mumbai.

Ganesh Chaturthi

While Lord Ganesh is much loved in all of the countries, he is especially pampered in Maharashtra which celebrates his Ganesh Chaturthi with grandiose and fervour.

Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja introduced the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations to his people in the honour of Lord Ganesh, considered as the patron saint of Maharashtra.

Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta Caves

Home to the some of the oldest known wall murals and art, the Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta Caves are among the most sought after tourist attraction of the state.

They are living examples of ancient culture, marvels that history has gifted us. The caves have Buddhist, Jain and Hindu influences, referring to a multi-religious society that traces its existence back to many thousand years ago.

Stunning Beaches

Bordered by the Arabian Sea with 720 km long coastline, Maharashtra has some stunning beaches. Bassein, Versoli, Ganapatiphule, Alibag, Chowpatty, Akshi and the Juhu Beach area is a cultural hotspot.

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