PEOPLE AND LIFESTYLE OF MAHARASHTRA
Life Style : Simple, Spirited and Sedulous
Renowned Personalities : Chhaturpati Shivaji and Babasaheb Ambedkar
Popular Costume : Nauveri (Nine Yard Sari)
Spoken Language : Marathi
The simplicity and the traditional costumes and customs of the people of Maharashtra and their simple lifestyle will surely leave you in awe. To experience the simple lifestyle of Marathi folklore and to see their rich customs and traditions that are much depicted in their fairs and festivals. Also the believer of diverse religion the people of Maharashtra mainly follow Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity.
Traditional Maharashtrian Wedding
The people of Maharashtra are highly influenced by the international metropolitan city of Mumbai and also home to the Hindi film industry Bollywood. It is a maxim that where there are films there is fashion. The people of the state are flamboyant and are known to spend generously to remain up to date with the latest fashion trends. At the same time the Maharashtra folklore did not completely lost their traditions they are going hand in hand with the changing times and protecting the heritage of their ancestors as well. Over the decades the state has been blessed with some of the legendary heroes like Chhaturpati Shivaji and Babasaheb Ambedkar who dedicated their life bringing freedom and reforms in the country. Visit the state of Maharashtra and you will see how the traditions of the state are surviving with the whirlwind growth of the fashion industry.
The people of Maharashtra have a rich traditional heritage. Proud and brave Maharashtrians have a very simple life style and believe in hard working. Unlike the Nawabs of Lucknow and the Rajputs of Rajasthan who lived the lavish lifestyle, the Marathas of the state did not believe in having too many spacious palaces and mansions in-fact these people have lived a hard life and were inclined towards freedom struggle. The rustic lifestyle of the people can also be observed in the country-side of the state where people have a belief on universal cult of brotherhood, where the people of all religions lives as a one community. A place where the revered saints like Sai Baba, Osho and Haji Ali preached the religion of peace and prosperity. Visit the state and interact with the locale, as it is the only way to know the about the people and lifestyle of the state.
The state of Maharashtra has a majority of the Hindu
population while in minority there are Muslims, Buddhists, Parsis, Jews
and Jains. Parsis migrated to the state from Persia and established many
Zoroastrians fire temples in the city of Mumbai and is presently the
dominant community in the state. Muslims mostly belonging to the Sufi cult
is the second popular religion of the state with shrines and mosques
sprawling throughout the state. Jews now 3000 in number, before the
migration to Israel counted around 20,000. The Synagogues established at
the Alibag, Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Pen and Revadanda are still active. The
Shirdi Sai Baba, Osho's commune, Haji Ali, Ajanta and Ellora are the other
famous Hindu pilgrimage destinations in the state.
The Most popular language of Maharashtra is Marathi and its history dates back to third century, the tribal population Gondi is also spoken in the central Maharashtra. The filmy language of the Hindi cinema called Tapori ( vagabond lingo) is the latest slangish language, bit awkward to the ears, catching a pace among the youths throughout the country. When you will be visiting the state learn the terminology of tapori language and it will prove very useful to you.
Maharashtra Folk Dance
It is worth to see the women folk of the state in their traditional sari called Nauvari (nine yard) which has a history of its own. It is said that the women started wearing this attire during Maratha's rule, as it looks like the trousers women started it wearing it at the time war to help there males in the battle field. Men usually wear the shirt and Doti or trouser. If going through the urban area you can find women in Kurta Pyjama or jeans and shirts and men in pant and shirts. Make a tour to the city and experience it yourself.
The Maharashtra has a rich history of traditions. A better look of its people and lifestyle can be observed at the time of its fairs and festivals when all the people belonging to diverse regions, religions, caste assemble together to celebrate. Plan your holidays according to the schedule of fairs and festivals of the state and interact with the local people on the common food joints, in their fields, market places and you will see the unique nature of its people.
Top 5 Highlights of Maharashtra's Lifestyle
Prefect Blend of Culture and Modernity
Nauvari Attire of Battle-Women
Tapori Lingo of Vagabonds
Confluence of Religions
Bollywood Influenced The Souls
Caves and Beaches
Unique Rajasthan and Goa
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