The beautiful state of Maharashtra is situated the north centre of Indian peninsula is bordered by the states of Karnataka, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. The western cost of the state is splashed by the vast Arabian Sea. Maharashtra literally means the ''Great State'' or ''Great Nation''. The name is believed to have been originated perhaps from the word Rathi, which means ''Chariot driver'' and ''builders of chariot'' who were called as ''Maharathis'' or ''Fighting Force''. Known for its amazing natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, Maharashtra is one of the most industrialized states of India. Some of the prime cities of Maharashtra include Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Shirdi, and Kolhapur.