Nation') is a state in Western India and is
the nation's and also the world's second-most
populous sub-national entity. It has over 110
million inhabitants and its capital, Mumbai,
has a population of approximately 18 million.
Mumbai is also the financial capital of the
nation and the headquarters of all major banks,
financial institutions and insurance companies
in the country. India's film industry of Bollywood
and Marathi films and television industry are
also located in this state. Maharashtra's business
opportunities along with its potential to offer
a higher standard of living attract migrants
from all over India.
Ancient and medieval Maharashtra included the
empires of the Satavahana dynasty, Rashtrakuta
dynasty, Western Chalukyas, Mughals and Marathas.
It is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west
and the Indian states of Karnataka, Telangana,
Goa, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and
the Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The major rivers of the state are Godavari,
Krishna, Narmada and Tapi. The state has several
tourist destinations including the popular Hindu
places of pilgrimage, Pandharpur, Dehu and Alandi.
Places with wide appeal include Hazur Sahib
Nanded at Nanded, and Saibaba shrine at Shirdi.
Maharashtra is the most urbanized state in India,
with large cities besides the capital Mumbai
such as Pune, Nagpur, and Aurangabad.