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Chhatris

Down to the right of the ramp descending towards the ghats are the chhatris (cenotaphs) of Ahilyabai and Vithoji Rao, a Holkar prince who was trampled to death by elephants in 1801 on orders of his enemies during an…
Palace in Maheshwar

Maheshwar Palace

Maheshwar is dominated by its fort, whose huge, imposing ramparts, towering above the river ghats, were built by Emperor Akbar. The Maheshwar Palace and several temples within the fort were added by Queen Ahilyabai …
Workshop in Maheshwar

Rehwa Society

On the way down from the palace to the ghats, a small doorway announces the NGO Rehwa Society, a craft cooperative where profits are ploughed back into the education, housing and welfare of the weavers and their fam…
Parade in Maheshwar

Ahilyabai Holkar Jayanti Mahotsav

The birthday of the revered Holkar queen, Ahilyabai, is celebrated with particular fervour in Maheshwar on or close to her birth date, 31 May, with percussion-heavy processions of palanquins (enclosed seats carried …
Hindu Temple in Maheshwar

Baneshwar Temple

From the river ghats incense smoke and colourful small boats (₹50 per person or ₹200 to ₹300 for a private boat) drift across the water to Baneshwar Temple on a tiny island in the middle of the river. Pathways lead …
Museum in Maheshwar

Museum

This courtyard museum occupies part of Queen Ahilyabai's living quarters and displays some memorabilia as well as information panels on her life and works. It's inside the fort complex, and indicated by a 'Maheshwar…