Culture of Maharashtra

Women wear choli or blouse on the top and a 9-yard long saree called ‘lugade’ or ‘nauwari saadi’. They usually wore open sandals or chappals as their footwear. In the 21st century, most of the people have started wearing western clothes or a fusion of Indian and western wear. The traditional attire is worn by very few but is worn by many during any religious event or Marathi festival.

The staple diet of Maharashtra includes wheat, rice, jowar, bajri, vegetables, lentils and fruit. Meat was not eaten much in Maharashtra until recent times. Their diet is rich in carbohydrates as initially they were occupied in labour intensive jobs like farming. The Food of Maharashtra is from sweet to mildly spicy to spicy. Some of the dishes like vada pav, pav bhaji, missal pav and pooran pori have become famous throughout the world. Shrikhand, yet another popular dish has have said to be originated in Maharashtra.

There are many significant monuments in Maharashtra like Bibi ka Maqbara, Ajanta Ellora caves, Gateway of India which is influenced by different architectural styles. Bibi Ka Maqbara can be seen to have incorporated Mughal architecture, whereas, in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, the majority of the architecture is influenced by British style of architecture (Indo-Saracenic revival architecture) and can be seen in Gateway of India and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Maharashtra is famous for its caves, and rock-cut architecture as in Ajanta Ellora Caves that is also one of the UNESCO as World Heritage Site.  Some of the temples in Maharashtra are over 1000 years old.

The official language of Maharashtra is Marathi. While the majority do speak Marathi, others speak Hindi, Gujarati, English and other languages. Cities in Maharashtra are Metropolitan and are a blend of many cultures and use English as their official language. Most of the people in Maharashtra are multi lingual and usually speak both Marathi and Hindi.

Maharashtra has very well adapted to the Bollywood industry. Many famous actors and actresses like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, reside in this state. Hindi (Bollywood), English and Marathi films are a great hit among the viewers.

The people of Maharashtra are said to be very sincere and hard working. In recent times, many people from other states have flocked to Maharashtra especially to Mumbai due to the wide array of career opportunities. Some parts of Maharashtra are developed while others are still developing, but the thoughts of all the people are united. It is no secret that people of Maharashtra take pride in their diverse culture.

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