|The name Maharashtra first appeared in a 7th century inscription and in a Chinese traveler's account.
Area: 307,713 KM2
The State has 35 districts which are divided into six revenue divisions (Konkan, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Amravati and Nagpur) for administrative purposes and eight educational division (Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Amravati, Nagpur, Kolhapur and Latur) These 35 districts are further divided into 109 sub-divisions of the districts and 355 talukas. The State has a long tradition of having very powerful bodies for planning at the district / local level. For local self-governance in rural areas, there are 33 Zilla Parishads, 355 panchayat samities and 27,993 Gram Panchayat. The urban areas are governed through 23 Municipal Corporations, 222 Municipal Councils and 4 Nagar Panchayat.