Maheshwar was a glorious city at the dawn of Indian civilization when it was Mahishmati, capital of king Kartivarjun. This temple town on the banks of the river Narmada finds mention in the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Revived to its ancient position of importance by the Holkar queen Rani Ahilyabai of Indore. Maheshwar's temples and mighty fort-complex stand in quiet beauty, mirrored in the river below. Today, Maheshwar is also known for its distinctive hand-woven sarees called Maheshwari exquisitely woven ‘Maheshwari’ sarees.
Exploring the town of Maheswar
Begin your exploration of the town of Maheshwar ar Rajgaddi within the fort complex where a life-size statue of Rani Ahiliyabai resplendent on her throne, is a tribute to the extraordinary queen under whose aegis the town to great heights. Visit the Rajwada (royal residence), to make a peek at the fascinating relics and heirlooms of the Holkar dynasty, showcased in rooms that have been converted into a tableau of life as it was lived in that era. Within the fort complex lies a small but exquisite shrine, which, to this day , remains the starting point of the ancient Dussehra ceremony, observed with great religious fervor every October. Once a year, the image of the deity is installed reverently in a splendid palanquin, and carried down the steep fort road to the town below, so that the people of Maheshwar can come to pay their respects to the divine guardian of the city.
Places to Eat
Mithais & Food guide, Maheshwar
Like the rest of Malwa region, Maheshwar also has a taste of sweets.
Siyaram Sweet House | Sweets & Namkeen
Shree Krishan Sweets (Payare Bhai) | Sweets & Dairy
Maheshwari Sarees were introduced into Maheshwar 250 years ago by Rani Ahilyabai, and are renowned throughout India for their unique weave. Woven mostly in cotton, the typical Maheshwari saree has a plain body and sometimes stripes or checks in several variations. The mat bordered designs have a wide range in leaf and floral patterns. The pallav is particularly distinctive with 5 stripes, 3 coloured and 2 white alternating, running along its width. Maheshwari has a reversible border, known as bugdi.
Nearest Airport is Indore (91 km)
Nearest airport is at Indore (91 km), connected with Mumbai, Delhi and Bhopal.
Regular buses are available from Barwah, Khandwa, Dhar and Dhamnod.
Nearest railheads are Barwaha (39 km), Indore (91 km), Khandwa and Mhow on the Western railway.