Dating back to as far as Ashokan reign in 246 BC, the name of Maharashtra State existed. It was believed that the emperor had sent an embassy to this rich land during his kingship. During the 3rd century BC emperor Ahoka ruled the region of Mahrashtra. Reference of Maharshtra is also found in the accounts of famous Chinese traveler, Hiuen-Tsang. During the pre-medieval India, the dynasty of Satavahanas existed in the sate. This dynasty was followed up with several othe dynasties like Vakatas, Kalachuris, Chalukyas and Yadavas. During the period of 753 AD to 973 AD, the state administration witnessed two most prominent dynasties; Rashtrakutas and Chalukyas of Badami.
The state had undergone several changes of hands in regard to its administration. The celebrated Islamic rulers of Delhi captured a significant portion of Deccan during the 13th century BC. The possession of the state went in hands of Sultanate of Bijapur and remained under this Sultanate for 150 years.
The emergence Maraths was noted during the beginning of 17th century. The political prominence of Martha was gained during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhosale. His coronation was completed in 1674 and he held the lead position is combating the perils of Mughal emperors. The Marathas continued to show their gallantry even during the time of British colonization in India.
20th century saw the upheaval of Indian independence and revolutions sparked in Maharashtra notably. The prominent names that showed up from Maharashtra are Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Dadabhai Naoroji, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and above all Babasaheb Ambedkar.