The name Maharashtra first appeared in a 7th century inscription and in a Chinese traveler's account. Its name may have originated from rathi, which means, "chariot driver". At that age Maharashtra was full of builders and drivers of chariots who formed a maharathis, a "fighting force." The state known for its sheer size and diversity is located on the western part of the country. It has a varied landscape bounded by the Western Ghats that stretch out into the mists as far as the eye can see. The innumerous forts, that adorn the State, stands proud and strong, depicting its historic past. Additionally scores of temples sculpted into and out of basalt rock, throng the atmosphere. Its diverse and colorful cultures are all woven into one gigantic quilt that represents the true nature of the State. The colorful festivals of the State galvanise the sleepy thousands into fervent motion. And her miles of silver, white beaches, stretched taut and inviting over the entire coast. The exquisite Mashru and Himru crafts, Bidri Ware, Paithani Saris, Sawantwadi Crafts, Warli Paintings, Kolhapuri Chappals draw immense tourists from various corners of the country                                

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