The name Maheshwar comes from Mahesh, another name of Lord Shiva. Maheshwar mean the abode of Shiva. In the ancient times, it was the capital of King Sahasrarjun. Today, a temple exists on his name with a special 11 lamp ceremony.
Maheshwar is a quiet town on the banks of Narmada with tranquil ghats reminiscent of an old era. It was the capital of Queen Ahilyabai around 200 years ago. The town is made beautiful by it's unique cenotaphs and temples. Maheshwar is also famous for it's old looms that weave the splendid Maheshwari hand woven fabrics. The weaving centre is located in one of Maheshwar's historic buildings. Maheshwar is also witness to the Narmada Festival sometime in November to Decmeber. The festival is unique as it is a result of public donation. There is no formal date of the festival as the event is organised exactly when sufficient funds have been raise through the public. The festival is a tribute to the local Narmada river. Maheshwar has been a centre of handloom weaving since the 5th century.
Every January, Maheshwar also conducts the Chariot journey. The chariot journey known as the Mahamritunjay Rath Yatra is a salution to Lord Sadashiv, with the purpose of renouncing all attachment from wordly affairs. Maheshwar is full of festivals and religious celebrations all around the year. The ultimate credit of building Maheshwar goes to Queen Ahilya Devi Holkar, ruler of the state of Indore who embellished the city with her palace fort, numerous temples and riverfront ghats (broad stone steps which step down to the river).
More than 100 temples tell the long history of Maheshwar.