Maheshwar is a City in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh state, in central India. 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. It was the capital of the Malwa during the Maratha Holkar reign till 6 January 1818, when the capital was shifted to Indore by Malhar Rao Holkar III. Maheshwar is handsome and also built on the site of the ancient city of Somvanshya Shastrarjun Kshatriya, and was the capital of king Kartavirya Arjuna, (Shree Shastrarjun) who is mentioned in the Sanskrit epics Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Maheshwar was known as Mahissati (Mahishamati in Sanskrit) in ancient times and was the capital of Southern Avanti. Maheshwar on the banks of the Narmada was capital of King Sahasrarjun. Temples of Maheshwar and fort complex built by Rani Ahilya Bai stand in quiet beauty, mirrored in the river below. Today the town is also famous for its distinctive handwoven sarees called Maheshwari. The palace inside the fort complex is now a museum exhibiting heirlooms and other fascinating relics of the Holkar dynasty.

Places of Interest

It is said that there are more than 100 temples are telling the long history of Maheshwar.

SahastarArjun Temple near the holy river Narmada, Rajrajeshwar Mandir, Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Chaturbhuj Narayan Mandir, Ahilya Mata's Chhatris, Chintamani Ganpati Mandir, Pandharinath Mandir, Bhawani Mata Mandir, Gobar Ganesh Mandir, Banke Bihari, Anant Narayan Mandir, Khedapati Hanuman, Ram and Krishna Mandir. Baneshwar temple, Kaleshwar, Jwaleshwar and Narsingh Mandir.

Ek Mukhi Datta Temple is newly constructed temple in Sahastradhara, Jalkoti, Maheshwar. It's also called "Shiva Datta Dham". This temple is constructed in 30 acres of area. Temple area is approx 10000 sq. feet. The temple is situated at the bank of historical Narmada River in its most serious, calm, adventured and horrible form. The main attraction in this temple is The very beautiful idol's of Lord Ek Mukhi Datta, Maa Narmada and Lord Ganesha.

Temple of Vindhyavasini Maheshwari, which is one of the Shakti Peeths of Goddess Kali.

Getting there

110 Km from Khandwa , 91 Km from Indore.

Best time to Visit

July to March