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Maval or (Mawal) is a tehsil in Maval subdivision of Pune district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.


The word Maval is derived from a Marathi word Mavalati, meaning the direction in which the sun sets. This region is towards the west of Pune area. It is a hilly terrain which is part of the sahyadri range/western ghats. The Sahydri range goes from north to south, on the western part of the range lies the konkan area and on the eastern side 'Maval'. Many rivers originate from this region and they travel from west to east. Broadly speaking maval is subdivided into 12 subregions. Each subregion is mostly identified by the name of a river. The names of the subregions are Nane maval, Andar maval, Pawan maval, Gunjan maval, Karyat maval, Kanand maval, Hirdus maval, Mose Maval, Velkhand Maval etc. The highest point of this region is the Mahabaleshwar area, which is @4500' above sea level. Maval is one of the highly biodiversified regions in the world. Maval was the first abode of the Great Indian King Shivaji, who formed an army of the local pegions called 'Mavale'. Chhatrapati Shivaji united, motivated, empoowered and trained the 'mavale'. This was the area where the Maratha power, which freed South India and later on whole of India from the clutches of the Deccan Muslim sultanats and the mighty Mughal; was borne. Maval region is a home to many great forts which had significant historical military importance. The whole of this region proudly carries the historical...
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