THE SACRED RIVER FESTIVAL
MAHESWAR

The Sacred river festival is organized for three days in the third week of February to celebrate the Indian arts and rich music heritage. It is also quite an experience to stay in Ahilya fort and update yourself about the legacy of Holkar’s, Rewa society and become the part of river festival.

In the evening, the fort is completely transformed like a bride to be embellished with jewels of flowers and lit up by lamps. It is indeed a magnificent site.

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When the festival commences the fort will be filled with Ragas and Swars of Veena. The musical performances offer a sweet melancholy between the architecture and atmosphere painted by music and sunset.

Sometimes referred to as the Varanasi of central India, Maheshwar is a small, sacred and ancient pilgrimage town. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is set along the southern bank of the Narmada, one of India’s seven sacred rivers. Mentioned in both epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, by its ancient name, Mahishmati. Maheshwar is recognized for its deep spiritual significance which draws pilgrims and ascetics from near and far to worship by the Narmada.

Maheshwar, along with Indore, was where the Holkar dynasty was established early in the 18th century as the Mughal empire started disintegrating and the British were still establishing a foothold. The Holkars were one of the five constituents of the Maratha Confederacy, a political and military alliance that achieved immense authority and power.

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