Maharashtra adores the benevolent God, known to remove obstacles and bless you with happiness and success – Lord Ganesha. Though he is loved all over the country, he is especially pampered in Maharashtra. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi can boggle your mind with its sheer scale and dedication! Popular temples such as the Shree Siddhivinayak in Mumbai and the Dagdusheth Halwai Temple in Pune are thronged by devotees and travellers every day. Even special sweets such as the ‘Modak’ are made for Lord Ganesha.
Being close to the coast, Maharashtra is a popular beach destination. The 720 km long coastline of the state means far more beaches than we can even begin to mention. Some of the most beautiful and popular ones are; Bassein, Versoli, Ganapatiphule, Alibag, Chowpatty, Akshi, etc. If you are in Mumbai, you can also visit the Juhu Beach, that represents a cultural hotspot.
No matter what I say, I cannot do justice to the sheer variety of food that is available in the state. From the spicy snacks in Mumbai to the mutton gravy of Kolhapur and the orange barfi of Nagpur, Maharashtra indeed loves to pamper its visitors with food. Simple dishes that have received recognition across the world and you shouldn’t miss are; pohe, misal pav, sabudhana kichidi, puran poli, shrikhand and the symbolic vada pav!
Ranging from the Paithani sarees to the colourful Kolhapuri chappals, Maharashtra has plenty to offer in terms of shopping. In regard to cultural aspects, you can enjoy art such as Warli paintings that are specialised by the tribal people living in the Thane district. The state also boasts of interesting folk music and dances such as Lavani. The dressing of women in the traditional nine-yard saree called ‘Navwadi’ also adds to the colourful culture here.
From it’s welcoming crowds to the aromatic foods and from the good weather to the variety of places to visit, all in all, Maharashtra is an experience you can’t ever forget. Happy Maharastra Day!