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Maheshwar

Situated on the northern bank of the River Narmarda, Maheshwar is a picturesque, historic temple town with a special charm of its own. It is also famous for its 200-year-old tradition of weaving fine Maheshwari saris in silk and cotton.

The glorious city of Mahishmati, the ancient capital of King Kartivirajun, Maheshwar is a charming temple town dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated on the convergence of the River Narmada and Kaveri in the state of Madhya Pradesh,
Maheshwar has a special charm which needs to be experienced at leisure. Lining the banks of the River Narmada, there are several Ghats named after various dynasties of the great Holkar rulers. The Ghats exemplify the peaceful rhythm of everyday life here, suggesting the slower-paced India of a bygone time.

The town boasts fine temples and the massive beauty of the grand fort complex, and all of this man-made grandeur is reflected in the waters of the free-flowing Narmada River.

Maheshwar is a temple town, but the usual turmoil of crowds, noise and commercialization has not touched it yet. A walk along the riverside in Maheshwar or a boat ride on the Narmada River at sunrise or sunset is a hypnotising experience. From the river, one can see the splendors of the temples and the fort bathed in the otherworldly glow of orange sunlight.

Ahilyabai:
In the 18th century Maheshwar became quite run-down, and Maharani Ahilyabai Hollkar of Indore, the great Indian queen, revitalized the town. She built many temples as well as a grand fort complex. Ahilyabai was an extraordinary woman. She lost her husband at an early age and was about to do sati (self-immolation) on the Narmada Ghat, when her father-in-law asked her to embrace life again and help him to manage the kingdom. When her father-in-law died 12 years later and the kingdom was besieged by enemy forces, Ahilyabai personally led her armies into battle. She established herself as a just ruler, great administrator, builder and patron of Hinduism.

Inside the fort, there is a palace that houses exhibits of Holkar family treasures. It also holds royal memorabilia, including a small shrine on a palanquin.  Every year during Dasara celebrations, the palanquin is brought down from the fort. A statue of the Rani (queen) seated on her throne adorns the place. Today, the restored palace has been converted into a hotel for travelers.

At Maheshwar the tradition of weaving saris in cotton and silk has been continuing for over 200 years. These saris are famous throughout India and abroad for their simple elegance and beauty.

Rewa Society and Ahilya Vihar:
Richard and Sally Holkar established this cooperative society for weavers. The aim of the society is to continue the 250 year old tradition of weaving. The society has helped revitalize the handloom industry here.
At Ahilya Vihar, 40 weaving families live with a loom in each house.   Travelers can visit these places to watch the weavers work on the Maheshwari sarees

Boat Ride to Sahastra Dhara
At the gorgeous Sahastra dDara, the Narmada transforms from one into a thousand streams and rapids, due to volcanic rock formations under water. If you give in to the urge to swim in these waters, be extremely careful of the strong and fast-changing currents.

Jaleshwar Temple
Jalewshwar Temple, perched on the top of a hillock, is dedicated to Lord Shiva in his avatar of protection. He protects the earth from the impact of the Ganga River’s descent from the heavens. With its towering spires and intricately carved balconies, the temple is an architectural gem.
Queen’s Fort
The Queen’s Fort is of distinctly Maratha architecture. It was the residence of Rani Ahalyabai, and it still functions as the center of activities in Maheswar. She was known to be a great human being, who could not bear the suffering of the common people. Before she passed away in 1975, she tried hard to improve the condition of her people. The fort contains Rani’s personal shrine, her majestic throne, and various other artifacts of her court. The fort also houses a weaver’s cooperative society.
Rewa Society and Ahilya Vihar
Richard and Sally Holkar established this cooperative society for weavers. The aim of the society is to continue the 250 year old tradition of weaving. The society has helped revitalize the handloom industry here. At Ahilya Vihar, 40 weaving families live with a loom in each house. Travelers can visit these places to watch the weavers work on the Maheshwari sarees
Boat Ride to Sahastra Dhara
At the gorgeous Sahastra dDara, the Narmada transforms from one into a thousand streams and rapids, due to volcanic rock formations under water. If you give in to the urge to swim in these waters, be extremely careful of the strong and fast-changing currents.
Rajwada
Rajwada is a seven–storied structure characterized by a fusion of Islamic, Maratha, and French styles of architecture. Located at the heart of the town, it is a testament to the history of the Holker family. Rajawada has a small shrine, and it is from here that the local Dasara ceremony starts. The shrine on the palanquin is brought down from the fort on that day. A life-size statue of Rani Ahilyabai and memorabilia of the Holkar’s reign are exhibited in Rajwada.
Kaleshwar Temple
Located on the northern bank of the river, this 12th century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the form of destroyer, the god of Destruction. In contrast to other temples, this temple is bright red; this striking color symbolizes the act of fiery dissolution. .
Omkareshwar Temple
Located at the sacred confluence of the two branches of the River Narmada, the temple sits on Shivpuri Island otherwise known as Mandhata island. It is one of the most sacred Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva. The island has the shape of the Sanskrit symbol for “OM”, which is why the temple and the place are called Omkareshwar.
Ahilyeshwar Temple
Located on the banks of the River Narmada, Ahilyeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A temple devoted to Lord Ram is also located within the main temple. Magnificently carved images of soldiers and elephants cover the exterior of the shrine. The interior walls of the temple are also elegantly decorated with carved images.
Rajeshwara Temple
A short walk from Ahilyeshwara Temple, Rajeshwara Temple is of great importance. Here there are 11 Akhanda Jyothis (= eternal flames); devotees take care to keep the flames burning 365 days a year. The ceiling of the main shrine in the temple is decorated with mirrors.
Kashi Viswanath, Pandrinath and Telabandeshwar Temples
Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Built by Rani Ahilyabai, Kashivishwanath Temple is dedicated to Kashi Vishwanatha. Pandrinath Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. According to mythology, at the end of the Dwpara Yuga, Lord Krishna incarnated himself and he is worshipped here in the form of Pandrinath or Lord Vitthala. Images from the Puranas are exquisitely carved on the balconies, the doors, and the walls of the temple. Tilabandeshwar Temple: It is believed that the size of the deity in this temple increases naturally every year.
Famous Maheshwari saris of can be purchased from the Rewa Society or the local market. The sari, woven from cotton and silk, is famous for its strength, elasticity and the unique luster of the fabric. The use of zari to weave exotic designs is also unique to the Maheshwari sariee.
The plain ones are known as Chandrakala and the delicate ones are known as Chandratara, which have gold checks.
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Indore Junction Bg 103 Km 01H 30m
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