Maheshwar, former capital of Malwa • Madhya Pradesh, India

Discover the enchantment of Maheshwar in under 4 minutes! Journey through the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Malwa, marvel at the historic Ahilya Palace, and stroll along the serene banks of the Narmada River. This video offers a glimpse into the rich heritage and timeless beauty of Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India. Enhanced with historical explanations, it's an insightful exploration of a city where history resonates in every corner. Embark on a captivating cultural journey to uncover the hidden gems of Maheshwar.

This film was made on the basis of photos and videos taken during the trip India - Kumbh Mela 2016 in Ujjain • Madhya Pradesh • Maharashtra • Goa (EN)

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About a hundred kilometers from Indore, on the banks of the Narmada river, there is a small town of about 30,000 inhabitants. On the scale of India, Maheswhar is therefore a very small town.

It was however the capital of Malwa. Malwa is a synonym for the old state of Madhya Bharat, created at the time of India's independence in 1947, before its merger with Madhya Pradesh in 1956. It was also around this time that the status of capital was kidnapped in favor of Indore.

It was not, however, the first time that Maheshwar had the honor of being a capital. Queen Ahilya Bai had already made it the capital of the state of Holkar at the end of the 18th century. But it was not the first time that the status of capital was transferred to Indore either. It had already happened in 1818 ...

It is from this time that the textile tradition of Maheswhar dates back, whose quality of saree making still attracts many customers today. Maheswar had also become a center of literature and art during the reign of this sovereign.

This queen also built the magnificent palace which is located on the banks of the Narmada river in Maheshwar, the Ahilya palace, or Fort Ahilya.

Maheshwar Fort: Ahilya Palace

Ahilya Bai built her magnificent palace within the walls of Mughal fortifications dating from the 16th century. In fact, in this enclosure are several interwoven constructions.

At the foot of the fortress are various temples and places of prayer. Several linga (or lingam), phallic symbols of Shiva are found on the bank of the river. Often accompanied by a small sacred cow statue.

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Small stop on the road to Mandu, Maheshwar is a small town that is really worth the detour. Maheshwar is a small town in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India, which has less than 40,000 inhabitants. It is located along the Narmada River which is one of the 7 sacred rivers of India. This relatively unknown city was the capital of the Holgar dynasty which ruled the Mahata Empire until the 19th century.



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Narmada river

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lingas on the ghats

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the fort entrance

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