Let’s go to Maheshwar महेश्वर to #Xplorebharat

Namaskar to all travelers of #XploreBharat where we religiously believe in India tourism tagline of “Atithi Devo Bhava”
I hope you had fun visiting a different part of Incredible India to date.

From Wagah in Punjab(North) to unique museum in Delhi, and Planned city Chandigarh. Towards West a peek into Vibrant Gujrat at Dwarka, and the incredible state of India in Pink city Jaipur Rajasthan. We took a turn to South India to see Kanhangad in The God’s Own Country Kerala and Enchanting Tamilnadu at Ooty. We even experienced MagnificentNortheast in Halfway to Heaven in Shillong and being Sunday to have some more fun we visited Hampi in Karnataka with Sanjota. Now I happily receive the baton for this #XploreBharat blog train from Sanjota to take it further where I will take you to Madhya Pradesh known as The Heart of Incredible India.

MP me dil Hua Bacchae sa…MP Ajab Hai, Sabse Gajab Hai…

The famous MP tourism advertisement we all have heard isn’t it.

If not check this out – MP tourism ad.
20171121_171605I was born in the city of temples Ujjain, the mahakaal nagari of Madhya Pradesh. This Mahamrityunjay dwar on Indore-Ujjain road is a welcome gate to this city of temples. I have endless stories about Ujjain but today I will take you all to Maheshwar. Maheshwar use to be the capital of the Malwa during the Maratha Holkar reign till 6 January 1818, before it was shifted to Indore.


Image result for maheshwari sareeFirst of all, let me tell you how Maheshwar happened to me. I love handloom sarees and Maheshwar is home to unique and beautiful Maheshwari saris. I was in Ujjain when we planned a visit to Maheshwar to purchase Maheshwari saree. As a result, my saree search bought me to this astounding place.

Furthermore, I came to know that several Bollywood movies were shot here. The famous ghats of Maheshwar came rolling in Bony Kapoor’s production Tevar, in the movie’s introductory song with the actress. Also, the movie Aśoka, and of course Shooting Location of PADMAN Film directed by R.Balki starring Akshay Kumar, was none other than Maheshwar.

महेश्वर शहर मध्य प्रदेश के खरगौन ज़िले में स्थित है। यह नगर नर्मदा नदी के उत्तरी तट पर स्थित है। शहर आज़ादी से पहले होल्कर वंश के मराठा शासकों के इंदौर राज्य की राजधानी था। इस शहर का नाम ‘महेश्वर’ भगवान शिव के ही एक अन्य नाम ‘महेश’ के आधार पर पड़ा है। अतः महेश्वर का शाब्दिक अर्थ है- “भगवान शिव का घर”। इस शहर को महिष्मती नाम से भी जाना जाता था। महेश्वर का रामायण और महाभारत में भी उल्लेख है। देवी अहिल्याबाई होलकर के कालखंड में बनाए गए यहाँ के घाट सुंदर हैं और इनका प्रतिबिंब नदी में और खूबसूरत दिखाई देता है। इंदौर से 90 की.मी. की दुरी पर “नर्मदा नदी” के किनारे बसा यह खुबशुरत पर्यटन स्थल म.प्र. शासन द्वारा “पवित्र नगरी” का दर्जा प्राप्त है, अपने आप में कला, धार्मिक, संस्कृतिक, व एतिहासिक महत्व को समेटे यह शहर लगभग 2500 वर्ष पुराना हैं |

The word Maheshwar in Hindi means Great God, an epithet of Lord Shiva.

There are no visual cues that set this place apart from the thousand other small towns spread across central India. Only if you get odd the main road and venture into the bustling bylanes you can experience the magic. The famed fortress, long and well-documented history and rich tradition of weaving become evident. For the reason that I got down to spend my day here.
It took me three hours to reach Maheshwar. I enjoyed the surroundings and immerse myself in the vibrant culture of this town. I knew it is worth a visit as it is home to the Holkars for just over 250 years thanks to Google. It is believed by many, that Maheshwar was originally the ancient town of Mahishmati. It has mentions found in both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

The Maheshwar fort/ Holkar Fort/ Ahilya Fort

The fort in the pic is Ahilya fort which is a 16th-century fort and is famous for its elegant architecture & spectacular view from Narmada River.

3Maheshwar is better known as being the capital of Rajmata Ahilya Devi Holkar’s empire during the 18th century.  Bang on the bank of the river from where one can enjoy the best view of river, boating, sunrise, and sunset. 
The formidable walls of Maheshwar Fort are pierced by five gateways, the main one being the Ahilya Dwar.IMG-20180227-WA0019
The Fort is on the edge of a cliff, high above the sacred Narmada River. The beautiful and unexploited town of Maheshwar surrounds it.
ahilya fort overlooking river narmada
You can witness the life-size statue of rani Ahilya bai seated on the throne at Ahilya bai fort and palace.

Among the many ghats in Maheshwar Peshwa, phanse, and Ahilya are the most well known. Chants of Om Namah Shivay fill in the air.

Even more, a short walk around the fort and you can visit and seek blessings in many temples along the ghats. Like Ek Mukhi Dutta Temple, Sahastrarjun Temple, Sri Somavamsha Sahasrarjuna temple, Rajrajeshwari Temple, the temple of eleven Akhand Jyoti Deepak (eternal flame lamp), Ahilyeshwara temple, Baneshwar Mahadev Temple to name a few.

Colorful boats lie moored on the ghats to take the tourists for a cruise on the waters of the Narmada. Probably, this boat ride took me in the bygone era and turned out to be a memorable experience

Towards 65 km east of Maheshwar lies Onkareshwar temple. It is one of the 12 most popular Shiv Lingam temples in India. Mahakaleshwar just 90 km from there is another of the twelve Jyotirlingams of India. So in my next visit will surely take you to both the jyotirlingas.

The Maheshwari Saree

As I already told you that my saree shopping bought me to this beautiful town. A 400-year old hand-woven creation, it was first commissioned by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar. A center of handloom weaving since the 5th century, Maheshwar has been producing the exquisite Maheshwari saris and fabric.  rehwa

saree weaving

A Maheshwari sari in the making at the Rehwa Society weaving unit

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The fabric gets a vibrant look due to natural color dying, also the zari and brocade enhance the sari’s richness and appeal.
A maheshwari saree was a must buy before I leave with fond memories of this small but very beautiful city of Maheshwar.

Certainly, the beautiful palace, heritage fort, grand temples and the pious bank of River Narmada makes the city of Maheshwar a spiritual and heritage retreat in the state of Madhya Pradesh.


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This post is a part of the #XploreBharat Blog Train hosted by Aditi, Esha, Maheshwaran, PraGun, Preeti, Saba, Sanjota, Sonia, Sudip, Suhasini, Supriya

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43 Responses

  1. Maya Bhat says:

    Wonderful place with so many values. It was a great pleasure to know about Maheshwar in detail. And the sarees also look beautiful. Hope you purchased some ☺️💕.
    Btw did we really go to Hampi as mentioned in your post? 🤔

  2. mjothi says:

    Wonderful… What else can I say than “Om Nama Shivaya…”
    Thanks for this treasure.

  3. aditi says:

    Loved your presentation of the city Maheshwar. Can’t wait to tour the wonderful locations:)

  4. I liked the Handloom Saree part. Even I like to buy variety of sarees so it attracted me more 😀 You have narrated beautifully and literally took us to Maheshwara. You also explained how the place got its name so this post is a perfect guide to anyone who wants to visit the place.

  5. Prerna Wahi says:

    Lovely write up. I got to learn so much about a place that is not as well known. Thanks for sharing the information.

  6. jayanthi6 says:

    Nice to read about Maheswar, Pragun…I do remember a bit of history about Ahilyabai Holkar too…love the sarees! 🙂

  7. I have heard a lot about the Omkareshwar temple from my family and relatives. One day I am sure, I will be dragged along with religious enthusiasts in my family to visit this tempel that is a part of the 12 Jyotirlingas. The pictures are very nice and enticing.

    • Thanks for appreciating and not only Omkareshwar but also Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain is part of 12 jyotirlingam. For me, 7 of them already happened thanks to my family values. Wish you visit them soon, they have different power and aura in the place.

  8. When my Xth board was done. We visited Ujjain, Omkareshwar, and Maheshwar. I still remember pictures of young Ahilya bai in her fort, the Maheshwar fort. Witnessing those evening lighting tower was my first encounter and I was awestruck by the beauty. MP textiles are noticed widely these days. I loved revisiting the place.

    • Oh wow glad to know you had seen this part of MP, Yes you are right the bhairaogarh prints, block print, bagh print, Maheshwari saree and many more are now globally recognized handlooms of MP.

  9. Vijayalakshmi Harish says:

    I have been to both Ujjain and Omkareshwar, but not to Maheshwar. I feel like I missed out now 😞
    The post is as lovely as the sarees!

  10. jaya1966 says:

    That was indeed a great post. I love forts and the image of the Ahilya Fort is breath-taking. And I would definitely like to stand on the banks of river Narmada and look at it. And I also love the images of the saris being weaved that you have included in your post. A very enjoyable read indeed.

    • Thanks, Jai for reading and appreciating, yes the fort view from river especially while boating is breathtaking. Wish you visit and see the beauty soon. Sarees are my love and seeing them weave of course was a pleasure for me too.

  11. mylittleduniya says:

    Ohh I loved those sarees …. And yes this travalogue is a masterpiece.

  12. Maheshwari Sarees are so beautiful, as is Maheshwar. I learnt more about this place thanks to your post, Pragun. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Seema Taneja says:

    I love Maheshwari sarees too and it was so good getting to know the history behind Maheshwar and its temple connect. The image of the fort is breathtaking. Thank you for taking us there.

  14. That was a super post, Pragun. I have only known Maheshwar because that’s where Maheshwari community comes from and also the famous sarees. Now, I know quite a bit of its history too, which is rich as all the Indian history.

  15. My bad, never heard about this amazing place of India, very well written and described post. Learned so many things about this destination.

  16. Wonderful informative post on a lesser known place with so much historical importance. The world is full of such places. Let’s do our bit. Great Work.
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  17. Nice to know about Maheshwar, remember hearing about Mahismati, but couldn’t recollect all details. Thanks for such a detailed write up

  18. I felt like I was traveling to Maheshwara with you. The part about saree was equally interesting. Loved the post

  19. I didn’t know about this place and it’s rich culture. You have shared some really good anecdotes from your travel to Maheshwar, Pragun.

  20. I love such places which stand silently through time without making any noise and be a witness of many historical events. You made the place come alive with your words. Maheshwar was mesmerising.

  21. vidhya29 says:

    Wish I have read this article earlier! went Ujjain few days backk!!

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