Maharashtra Day

Maharashtra Day, celebrated on 1 May, is related to the formation of Maharashtra. In 1960, then Bombay state was divided on linguistic lines.

Maharashtra Day, celebrated on 1 May, commemorates the formation of the state of Maharashtra.

History of Maharashtra Day

  • In the year 1960, the then Bombay state was divided on linguistic lines.
  • On 1 May 1960, this state was formed from Marathi speaking areas.
  • Thus, 1 May came to be celebrated as the formation day of Maharashtra state.


  • This is a day of pride for Marathi culture, language and heritage.
  • This day reflects dedication and pride towards Marathi language and history.
  • On this day people celebrate the spirit of unity and nationalism of Marathi speaking people.


  • Various functions and programs are organized by government and non-government organizations.
  • Marathi music, dance and plays are organised.
  • Special awards and honors are presented.

Other activities:

  • Seminars and exhibitions are organized on Marathi literature, art and culture.
  • Celebrations, rallies and processions are organised.
  • The people of Maharashtra are wished prosperity, harmony and prosperity.

About maharashtra

  • The name Maharashtra is derived from the Sanskrit words “Maha” and “Rashtra”, which means “Great Nation”.
  • Formation 1 May 1960
  • This state was known as Bombay State at the time of independence.
  • At present the number of districts is 36.
  • This is home to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Ajanta Caves, Elephanta Caves, Ellora Caves, and the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai.
  • Maharashtra state is famous for caves. Here the caves of Ajanta, Ellora, Elephanta and Bhaja are declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who held the post of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, was a great hero of the Indian freedom struggle. The famous monument Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of Mumbai is named after him.
  • Mumbai’s Marine Drive is one of the longest seafronts on earth, spanning approximately 4.5 km.
  • Pune Jungle Safari Park is the largest open zoo in Asia.
  • Malvan Beach in Sindhudurg district was declared “India’s Cleanest Beach” in 2011.
  • Two major sites related to Buddhism, Deekshabhoomi and Mahastupa are located in Nagpur.
  • The world famous Elephanta Caves are also known for artistic carvings.
  • Maharashtra is the first state in India to abolish its Legislative Council at the state level.

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