Maheshwar, a name of Bhagwan Shiva, is an enchanting place. The beautiful temples and the intricate work on the walls speak a whole new language. I forgot to carry my camera (DUH!) but still my cellphone camera saved the trip. I will go there again and this time I will make sure to carry the camera and bring Maheshwar back with me in my pictures.
About Maheshwar, it is a small town of Khargone district, Madhya pradesh. It is not only famous for ancient Shiva temple and Devi Ahailya bai holkar, a famous queen who was a strong devotee of Lord Shiva but also for its high quality Maheshwari cotton and silk fabrics. The intricate work of weaving golden, silver or copper thread borders with silk or cotton threads is breathtaking and very Indian. Each piece of saree, dhoti, or salwaar-kurta is one of a kind because it is all handmade and hand printed. Baagh print (block printing using vegetable colours) adds to the beauty of these hand loom fabrics. They are many local shops in Maheshwar that provide an excellent collection of these fabrics.
Rhewa society is a society of Maheshwari hand loom weavers, which provides them with a platform to exhibit and sell their work. Maheshwari saree is a must-have of an Indian wardrobe.
There is so much to learn and see in India that a lifetime is less just to capture the essence. I wish the younger generation also admire and relish it like the oldest generations did.