Maharashtra state ranks second as regards tribal population size in the country. There are 47 tribal communities in Maharashtra. Thane is the only prominent tribal district having mask cults. Jawhar Tahsil is a thickly populated tribal block in Thane district. It is geographically located towards the western side of Mumbai and is 160 kms away from this mega city. Ramkhind - Sakur village and Kalidaund village are the two places in Jawahar Tahsil where masks are made. These villages are away from the main cities and town and are underdeveloped.