Marathi is an Indian official language and co-official language in the Maharashtra and Goa states of Western India. Also it is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India. The first Marathi newspaper published was Darpan in the year 6 January 1832 by Balshastri Jambhekar. After that lot of marathi newspapers came into the newspaper industry. Here is the list of 5 leading Marathi newspapers in India.
- Maharashtra Times
Lokmat is a Marathi language newspaper founded in 1971 by Jawaharlal Darda. It is published from Mumbai and several other cities in Maharashtra state by Lokmat Media Pvt. Ltd., a leading multi platform media company. This company has interests in a diversified portfolio of publishing, broadcast, digital, entertainment, community and sports verticals.
Lokmat is the largest read regional language newspaper in India with 23.5 million readers as per IRS 2012 Q4 and the No. 1 Marathi newspaper in Maharashtra and Goa states with 11 editions and a circulation of 1.3 million copies according to Audit Bureau of Circulation Jan – Jun 2016.
Sakal is a Marathi-language daily newspaper by Sakal Media Group founded by Dr. N. B. Nanasaheb Parulekar in January 1932. Sakal is the flagship newspaper of the foundation publication, Sakal Media Group that is published in cities of Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nanded, Solapur, Kolhapur, Pune, Sangli, Nashik, Nagpur, Satara, Akola and Jalgaon.
Also it owns and operates newspapers and magazines in Marathi as well as English with a circulation across Maharashtra and Goa. The newspapers and magazines owned by the group in Marathi and English have a combined readership of over 6 million. It sells almost 300,000 copies in Pune district and over 1,000,000 copies across Maharashtra with its sister publication Gomantak.
Pudhari is a popular Marathi daily first published by Dr. Ganpatrao Govindrao in 1 January 1939. It is published from Maharashtra, Goa and North Karnataka. It is the leader in Western Maharashtra newspapers and third-largest Marathi newspaper daily in Maharashtra. Mr. Dr Pratapsinh G. Jadhav took over the management of Pudhari from his father in 1971.
Pudhari has different editions for major districts of Maharashtra namely Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Nasik, Solapur, Ahmadnagar, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Belgaum, Thane, Raigabd, Aurangabad, Marathawad, Jalana and an edition for Goa state. It has a combined total circulation of over 483,262 (ABC certified) copies of 10 different editions.
4. Maharashtra Times
Maharashtra Times also referred to as ‘Ma Taa’ from its Marathi initials, is a Marathi newspaper founded in 1962 based on Mumbai, India. It is owned by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. or The Times Group, the largest media house in India. It is the ninth-largest-selling daily newspaper in the country and also according to the IRS 2005; Maharashtra Times is the second largest readership in Mumbai.
Maharashtra Times has editions from 10 major cities in Maharashtra namely -Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Kolhapur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Jalgaon, Palgharand Ahmednagar.
Loksatta is one of the most widely read Marathi daily newspapers in Maharashtra with increased popularity and circulation of the newspaper. It is published by The Indian Express Group, and was launched on January 14, 1948 by Late Ramnath Goenka, the founder of the Indian Express Group, a great freedom-fighter. Now this is published out of Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and Delhi.