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Maharashtra is a state in western India. Its population is about 80 million, and its capital is Mumbai, the economic powerhouse of India. Other important cities include Pune, Nagpur[?], Kolhapur[?].

It has Goa and Karnataka to its south, Andhra Pradesh to its southeast, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh to its north, Chattisgarh to its east, and the Arabian Sea to its west.

Maharashtra is one of the most advanced states in India, boasting a strong industrialized economy, and the largest power production and consumption in the nation.

The Indian film industry, commonly called Bollywood (the largest film industry in the world), is centered here.

It has a glorious history, and has given birth to great warriors, like Shivaji, and Bajirao, and to national leaders, including M. G. Ranade[?] and Lokamanya Tilak[?].

See Marathi language

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