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Location

Maheshwar GhatMaheshwar lies on the north bank of the mighty River Narmada, 91-km southwest of Indore. This place has been identified as the site of King Kartvirajun's ancient capital earlier known as Mahishmati. It is a city mentioned in both the Mahabharata and Ramayana. In the 18th century only the Holkar queen Rani Ahilyabai of Indore revived it to its ancient position, by building a palace and several temples here. Maheshwar's temples and mighty fort-complex are yet to be seen standing in a calm and serene beauty, mirrored in the river. Maheshwar is also known for its distinctive hand-woven sarees called Maheshwari. Some Ghats like (Peshwa Ghat, Fanase Ghat and Ahilya Ghat) line the river Narmada, flights of steps lead down from the sandy banks to the river and through the day a kaleidoscope of rural India can be seen here. In the pilgrims and holy men who sit here in silent meditation; in the rows of graceful women, who carry gleaming brass pots down to the holy, life-giving river. Lining the banks too, are poignant memorials in stone to the satis of Maheshwar, who perished on the funeral pyres of their husbands.

The palace and the fort complex itself, further up the stairs, houses the workshops of the Rewa Society, established by the maharani 250 years ago to promote the local handloom industry. Today, Maheshwar is also known for its distinctive hand-woven sarees called Maheshwari. Though descendants of the old ruling family still occupy parts of the building, a couple of rooms around the entrance courtyard have been given over to a small museum.

Geographical Location
Maheshwar is located to the south of Indore, in the western part of Madhya Pradesh, on the Vindhya ranges.

Climate
The summers are hot with the temperature rising to nearly 36 C during the day. During winters, the minimum temperatures touch 7 C, making it quite cold. The best time to visit is July to March.

 

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