Maheshwar is a city in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh state, in central India. It was the capital of the Malwa during the Maratha Holkar reign till 1818, when the capital was shifted to Indore by Malhar Rao Holkar III. In the late eighteenth century, Maheshwar served as the capital of the great Maratha queen Rajmata Ahilya Devi Holkar. She embellished the city with many buildings and public works, and it is home to her palace, as well as numerous temples, a fort, and riverfront ghats. Ahilyabai fort and several temples at the Narmada bank are the main attraction of Maheshwar.
Attraction of Maheshwar
Ek Mukhi Datta Temple
Newly constructed temple in Sahastradhara, Jalkoti, Maheshwar. It’s also called “Shiva Datta Dham”. constructed in 30 acres of area. Temple area is approx 10000 sq. feet. The temple is at the bank of historical Narmada River.
It is also called Sri Somavamsha Sahasrarjuna temple. Original temple was built in 2nd century but was demolished in Muslim attacks. Later it was rebuilt in 13 century. Some times it is also referred as Sah-bahu temple. Do you know, similar Sas Bahu temple also exist in Gwalior Fort.
It is a lord Shiva temple, one among many temples in Maheshwar. It is a temple of eleven Akhand jyoti deepak (eternal flame lamp) and known for nice architecture and sculpture work on structure. Temple is close to Ahilyeshwara temple.
Baneshwar Mahadev Temple
It is a small temple on island at Narmada river. In middle of river it can be visited through boat-ride. It is believed that a heavenly line from North-star passes through this temple to the center of Earth.
To enhance the look of Ahilyabai Holkar’s cenotaph, her daughter-in-law Krishnabai gave special interest in building these impressive royal ghats.
Adjacent to Narmada River, Jaleshwar temple is located on a hill-top. It is just 3 km away from Ahilya ghat and can be reached by walk adjacent to river.
Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple
It is temple at confluence of Maheshwar River which joins Narmada River at this point. This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. One need to cross the river to reach this temple. It is located in deserted area so can be termed as fortified temple where tourist rarely visit.
Apart from these important temples, there are many more temple like; Chintamani Ganpati Temple, Bhawani Mata Mandir, Anant Narayan Mandir, Gobar Ganesh Mandir, Narsingh Mandir., Ram and Krishna Mandir, Khedapati Hanuman Mandir.
Also read: Cave temples of Lord Shiva in Madhya Pradesh
How to reach Maheshwar
It is located 13 km east of National Highway 3 (Agra-Mumbai highway) and 91 km from Indore, the commercial capital of the state. The City lies on the north bank of the Narmada River.
Air: The nearest airport is the Indore Airport which is 91 km away from the city. Indore is connected to all the major cities, and from Indore as the cabs are available in plenty.
Road: Maheshwar is well connected by road to various cities of the state, and hence it is also easy to visit Maheshwar from any part of the country. State-run buses start from Barwaha, Indore and Khandwa are available.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Marwaha which is 39 km away from the town of Maheshwar. Though, not all trains halt here. The major train station nearest to Maheshwar is Indore which is 90 km away.
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