Mahakleshwar Temple, Maheshwar
Maheshwar - The Timeless Elegance
This is one of the most picturesque cities in the state of Madhya
Pradesh. Located in Khargone District, it is situated on the banks of
Narmada River. The city is famous as the place ruled by the legendary
queen Maharani Ahilya Bai, the ruler of Holkar dynasty. The history of
Maheshwar dates back to more than 4000 years back. The city also finds
a mention in Mahabharta and Ramayana as well but the name of the city
in these epics is 'Mahishmati'. Akbar built the fort after he came
into power in the year 1601. In the late eighteenth century, Maharani
Ahilya Bai took over as the queen of Holkar Dynasty. She transformed
this riverside city into a peaceful and prosperous land when the rest
of India was facing an uneasy time. She built many temples and
buildings that still lend the city the aura of times of yore. The
Ghats of the city, named after the dynasties like Peshwa Ghat, Fanase
Ghat, Ahilya Ghat are another feature that give Maheshwar a
distinctive look. Experience the real life of rural India, moving past
you at a leisurely pace.
Maheshwar is considered the cosmopolitan capital of Madhya Pradesh. It has one of India's best handloom industries. The cotton saris, which are woven and designed here, are famously called as Maheshwari Saris and are among the finest in India. Do not forget to buy yourself one of these magnificent pieces of textile art. The temperature in the city generally remains on the pleasant side and can be visited any time of the year.
Attractions - A Pack of Marvels
Maheshwar is famous for the Fort and the many temples that adorn the face of this resplendent town. Maheshwar is full of natural beauty that accompanies the man made wonders to create a city perfect for tourists.
The Fort is the most visited attraction in the city. The magnificent fort houses an archaeological museum that displays antiques and different possessions of Holkar Dynasty. The main attraction of the fort is the life-size statue of Rani Ahilyabai seated of the throne. The festival of Dusshera is special in the fort as procession carrying a small shrine is taken down the fort for public viewing.
Temples of Maheshwar
Temples of Maheshwar are famous for the unique overhanging balconies. Like temples of olden times in many parts of India, temples here also have intricately crafted walls. And the one thing that will capture your attention will be the exceptionally carved doorway that welcomes you to the world of history. Kaleshwara Temple, Rajarajeshwara Temple, Akhileshwara Temple and Vithaleshwara Temple are the most known temples of the area.
Navdatoli- Archaeological Site
Situated just outside Maheshwar, Navdatoli is an archaeological site that was discovered in the 1950. In the early stages of excavation, painted pottery and microliths were found. But as they dug deeper, it was confirmed that people of many cultures from Lower Paleolithic period till 18th century have resided here. Structures of washed away houses have also been found that tells us that a big flood would have struck this area.
You will not find many luxurious places to stay here. Most of the hotels here are budget and provide only basic facilities. Many of them are located close to the tourist attractions in the city. Narmada Resort is the better best known of all.
Nearest airport is at Indore which is around 91 km away from here. It takes around 3 hrs to cover this distance.
Barwaha is the closest railhead but not all trains have a halt here. Indore at a distance of 91 km is the nearest major station.
Buses from all major cities of Madhya Pradesh frequent Maheshwar. Interstate buses also start from here.
Taxis are the best way of exploring the city. Buses are also available inside Maheshwar.