Maratha Empire and Maharashtra

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Maharashtra -. Name itself suggests, it is varied in riches. The varied and colorful cultures, woven into one huge quilt. Its been reflected through its, forts, caves, palaces known for its rich history, its Saints, philosophers, music, handicrafts and its festivals with all their colourful rituals and traditions, all of which amalgamate together to give a true reflection of Maharashtrian Culture. The Maharashtrians are a vivacious, earthy people for whom life itself is a celebration. The state language is Marathi with languages like Hindi, English and Gujarati having almost equivalent importance. Maharashtra is a colorful state with a rich cultural heritage and a history to boast of.
The culture of Maharashtra, which opens itself in ways
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Festivals are celebrated round the year and people treasure the good times with scrumptious food, music and dance.
Festive Cuisine Festivals those celebrated in Maharashtra are Gudi Padwa, , Haritalika, Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, Diwali and Makara Sankranti. Many dishes, namely sweets are made only during these festivals. On the occasion of Gudi Padwa Soonth Panak and sprouted Chana Usal are prepared. Puran Poli is prepared on the festival of colors Holi. Similarly, on Haritalika Coconut Potali is prepared, on Ganesh Chaturthi Karanji and Chakli, on Diwali Shankarpali, Badam Halwa, Chakli and Karanji are prepared and Shengdana Chikki is prepared on the occasion of Makar Sakranti.
Cuisine For Weddings
In India, marriages is a time of merry making and joy. Similarly, in Maharashtra it is held extravagantly, including inviting guests for an elaborate meal. Meal is served on a banana leaf and is entirely vegetarian in nature, cooked without onion and garlic.
It has a range of vegetables along with coconut gravy, green mango chutney, cucumber and peanut salad, rice, puris, golden dal called `varan' and a sweet dish like jalebi. A creamy basundi or saffron-scented shrikhand is also there. Coriander-flavored, salted buttermilk or `Mattha' complements the meal which ends with a sweet called `vida'.
Tecniques of Maharashtrian cuisine:
Maharashtrian meals are planned and cooked scientifically —the important rule…

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