Namaskar to all travelers of #XploreBharat where we religiously believe in India tourism tagline of “Atithi Devo Bhava”
Hope you had fun visiting different part of Incredible India till date, where in North we went to Wagah in Punjab, unique museum in Delhi, and Planned city Chandigarh, then we turned our travel to Western India to peek into Vibrant Gujrat at Dwarka, and the incredible state of India in Pink city Jaipur Rajasthan, We even traveled to South India to see Kanhangad in The God’s own Country Kerala and Enchanting Tamilnadu at Ooty, and yesterday we went to MagnificentNortheast in Halfway to Heaven in Shillong, and being Sunday to have some more fun we visited Hampi in Karnataka with Sanjota and 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
I 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, which was the capital of the Malwa during the Maratha Holkar reign till 6 January 1818, before it was shifted to Indore.
Let me tell you how Maheshwar happened to me, I love handloom sarees and Maheshwar is home to unique and beautiful Maheshwari saris, so this time when I was in Ujjain, I planned a visit to Maheshwar to purchase Maheshwari saree and this took me to this astounding place. After coming here 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. Its famed fortress, long and well-documented history and rich tradition of weaving become evident only if you get off the main road and venture into Maheshwar’s bustling bylanes and so I got down to spend my day here.
It took me three hours to reach Maheshwar, I wanted to see the surroundings and immerse 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, with 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.
Maheshwar is better known as being the capital of Rajmata Ahilya Devi Holkar’s empire during the 18th century. It is located 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.
The Fort is on the edge of a cliff, high above the sacred Narmada River, surrounded by the beautiful and unexploited town of Maheshwar.
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.
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. 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, which is one of the 12 most popular Shiv Lingam temples in India and towards 90 km is Mahakaleshwar 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.
The fabric is dyed in natural colors, giving them a vibrant look; 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.
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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