Andhra Pradesh, state in southern India, bordered on the south by Tamil Nadu state, on the west by Karnataka state, on the north and northwest by Maharashtra state, on the northeast by Madhya Pradesh and Orissa states, and on the east by the Bay of Bengal.
Andhra Pradesh has 25 local administrative districts. Hyderabad is the state capital and largest city. The two other main cities are Vishakhapatnam, India's fourth largest port, and Vijayawada. Telugu, is the state's official language. A Muslim, Urdu-speaking minority lives mostly in Hyderabad.
Andhra Pradesh has several museums, including the Salar Jung Museum, which features a varied collection of sculptures, paintings, and religious artifacts, and the Archaeological Museum, which features Buddhist and Hindu sculptures and other antiques; both museums are located in Hyderabad. Andhra Pradesh is also the home of many colleges and universities, including Andhra University in Waltair, Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University in Hyderabad, and Osmania University also in Hyderabad.
Andhra Pradesh has a Legislative Assembly of 295 seats. The state has 60 members in the Indian national parliament: 18 in the Rajya Sabha (upper house) and 42 in the Lok Sabha (lower house).