The traditional weavers at Ahilya Fort produce colorful yarn that is used for making the famous Maheshwari saris …..
Maheshwar is noted as a center for weaving colorful Maheshwari saris.
At Ahilya Fort, the 17th century Moghul-built fort, is the Rehwa non-profit weaving center. Rehwa –an old name for the river – boasts 130 looms, and employs 300 people, mostly women. Preference is given to widows. Housed within the fort, the airy layout is cooled by breezes off the Narmada.
More intricate workmanship in the carvings at Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar, India
Ahilya Fort features intricate carvings in stone depicting various scenes. Here is one showing dueling elephants.
An Ahilya Fort doorway arch features attractive designs and a carving of Ganesha – the Indian elephant deity
An intricately designed viewing porch at Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India
It is said that of the five most sacred rivers of India – Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Godavari and Kaveri, Narmada is the holiest. It is also said that when Ganga herself feels unclean, she takes the form of a black cow and using the darkness of the night as her cover, comes to cleanse herself in the waters of the Narmada.
The Narmada, for most of its course flows through Madhya Pradesh. Owing to its sanctity, there are many temple towns on the river including Maheshwar. This tiny town on the banks of the Narmada is known not for its temples but for its benevolent queen, Ahilyabai Holkar, considered by many as a goddess.
Viewing the Narmada River from the porch of Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar …