India's wealthiest state, as well as its second most populous and third largest in area, Maharashtra in the west of the country is home to major cities like Mumbai and Pune, and boasts thousands of historic landmarks, some dating back millennia, and many associated with Shivaji, first 17th-century emperor of the Maratha Empire, be it Raigad, the region of his birth, Lal Mahal where he spent his youth, or forts such as Lohgad, Pratapgad, Murud Janjira, Singhgad, Sindhudurg. Then there are places that are related to the campaign for Indian independence against the British Raj. So it's challenging to select just five among so many the hundreds of historic monoliths, but here's what I've come up with, based on their heritage importance, architectural elegance, and popularity.

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