It had risen to a high literary level, and the literary works like Karpurmanjari and Saptashati written in 150 BC speak volumes of the high profile it held.
Maharashtri Prakrit was the most widely used Prakrit language in western and southern India, spoken from Malwa and Rajputana in the north to Krishna and Tungabhadra in the south.
Maharashtri Apabhramsa remained in use for several hundred years until at least 500 CE.
Apabhramsa found wide usage in Jain literature and it constituted the key link in the evolution of Marathi by having been re-Sanskritised.
Three Prakrit languages, simpler in structure, emerged from Sanskrit. Marathi is said to be a descendent of Maharashtri which was the Prakrit spoken by people residing in the region of Maharashtra.
It was an official language of the Satavahana Empire.
Mukteswar, following Eknath's trend, has translated Mahabharatha into Marathi.
Christapurana, a work composed by the Christian missionary Father Stephens (1549-1619) is another masterpiece of Marathi literature.
It is the oldest of the Indo-Aryan regional languages.
It is thought to be approximately 1300 years old and it is considered that this language evolved from Sanskrit and Prakrit (a group of languages spoken in ancient India), and its syntax and grammar, from Pali.