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Past and Present - From Moholesh to Maharashtra Maharashtra, edited by Dr. Saryu Doshi,

Title:Past and Present - From Moholesh to Maharashtra Maharashtra, edited by Dr. Saryu Doshi,
Author:Kulkarni, A.R.
Enumeration:Vol. 36-4/37-1, p. 31-42
Abstract:The Chinese pilgrim, Hiuan Tsang visited Maharashtra in 640-641 CE and was perhaps the first person to discuss the land and people of Maharashtra. The antiquity of this region can be traced to the 3rd century BCE approximately because the Maharashtri language, a Prakrit corruption of Sanskrit from which the term Maharashtra is derived, was then in vogue. The Marathi language which evolved from Maharashtri-Prakrit, has been the lingua franca of the people of the region now known as Maharashtra from the 10th century onwards. The Dravidians, who hailed from the south, colonized this region and came to be known as the Marathas. This chapter traces the political history of Maharashtra and discusses the many rulers, dynasties, and political movements of the region starting from the Mauryas in c. 220 BCE to the formation of Maharashtra state.

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