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Maharashtra (“Great Nation”), one of the 28 states of India, was created on May 1, 1960, on the basis of the area’s linguistic identity. It identifies the Marathi-speaking area, an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the western Deccan penins…

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Rigopoulos, Antonio, “Maharashtra”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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