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Maheshwar is a town in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh state. The town lies on the north bank of the Narmada River. The name Maheshwar comes from Mahesh, a name for Lord Shiva. The word Maheshwar in Hindi means abode of Lord Mahesh. Maheshwar town is built on the site of the ancient city of Somvanshya Shastrarjun Kshatriya, and was the capital of king Kartavirya Arjuna,. Maheshwar served as the capital of Rajmata Ahilya Devi Holkar, ruler of the state of Indore.Maheshwar is known for delicate cotton and silk blend handloom saris woven by its people. Maheshwar is also known for its distinctive handwoven sarees called Maheshwari exquisitely woven 'Maheshwari' sarees which were introduced into Maheshwar 250 years ago by Rani Ahilyabai. Maheshwar was a glorious city at the dawn of Indian civilization when it was Mahishmati.
Mandleshwar is located around 8.4 km away from Maheshwar and contains various attractions like Hathani, Ganga-Zira Chhappan-Dev, Dhawal-kunda, Shstradhra and Ramkund. It also houses a dam, which is constructed across the River Narmada.
Ahileshwara Temple
Ahileshwara Temple is located on the shores of the River Narmada. This temple is home to another shrine dedicated to Lord Ram, besides its main shrine. Various carvings adorn the front side of this temple. In addition to these, this temple also exhibits several images of Maratha soldiers and elephants, which attracts many visitors to its premises.
Kaleshwara Temple
Kaleshwara Temple lies within equipped ramparts on the northern banks of River Narmada. This temple has the deity of Lord Kaleshwar, who was considered as the destructive avatar of Lord Shiva. The Kaleshwar avatar is believed to destroy everything completely and dissolve it as it was nothing. Located on an elevated platform, this temple is red in colour and contains various spiral domes. These domes are pointed in upward direction with vertical projections.
Rajaraheshwara Temple
Rajaraheshwara Temple is considered as the temple of eternal flame lamps or the 11 Akhand Jyoti Deepak. Located in vicinity of Ahileshwara Temple, it is one of the various Shiva temples of the town. Adorned with architectural carvings and sculptures, this temple is situated on the banks of River Narmada and the shrine also encompasses stretches of several Ghats, which offer a view of Shiva lingams and Nandi shrines. It is believed that the lamps of the temple are always lightened by flames, which are not allowed to extinguish. Moreover, various devotees offer ghee, source of lighting lamps, which is considered as the major offering in the temple.
Jaleshwar Temple
Jaleshwar Temple is among those temples of Maheshwar, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The presiding deity is worshipped as God of Water, which is counted among the various forms of Lord Shiva. Idol of the presiding deity is in the form of Lingam and attracts various devotees. Moreover, the temple is also known for its carved overhanging balconies, architecture and its various spires. According to legend, Lord Shiva is believed to be the protector of earth from the fall of the water of River Ganga from heaven.
Pandrinath Temple
Pandrinath Temple is counted among one of the famous temples of Maheshwar, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. As per legend, the incarnation of Lord Krishna took place on the 8th day of Sravan month. It is because of this, that Pandrinath is one of the other names of Lord Krishna. The notion of the worship of Mahavishnu in the form of Pandrinath was originated from the Vaishnava Saints and Puranas belonging to the period range from 13th to 17th century. With the help of their teachings, kirtans and poems, these saints created this form of worship.
Kashi Viswanath Temple
Kashi Viswanath Temple is dedicated to the Jyotirlinga form of Lord Shiva and is among the renowned temples of Maheshwar. This temple was built by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of the Holkar Dynasty. As per mythology, devotees will be relieved from their pains and sorrows on the holy darshan of this Jyotirlinga. It is believed that the darshan of this Jyotirlinga is equal to the darshan of all the other Jyotirlingas in the rest of India.
Peshwa, Ahilya and Fanese Ghats
A flight of step lead down to the river, often crowed with pilgrims and holy men who sit here in the ferry loads of villagers who cross and recross these surging waters. Lining the blanks, too, are poignant memorials in stone to the satis of Maheshwar, who perished on the funeral pyres of their husbands. Running along the banks are countless temples dedicated to the numerous Hindu deities.
Holkar Fort
Holkar Fort, located on the bank of River Narmada, was built in the 18th century. This monument was the residence of Queen Ahilyabai Holkar, due to which it is also known as the Queen's Fort. It also served as the administrative headquarters of the queen and has now been converted into a guesthouse. Presently, it is managed by the son of the last Maharajah of Indore, Prince Shivaji Rao Holkar. This fort displays various chhatris and a seat, where Ahilyabai used to sit. It houses a Wada Palace, which was built in 1766, and represents the architecture of the Maratha period.

Best Time To Visit: October to March.
How to reach there:
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.

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