An awesome building of the 18th century, the Queen’s Fort, the residence of Ahilya Bai Holkar, dominates the dusty landscape of Maheshwar. The Ahilya fort, which functions between 7 am to 7 pm, is a living monument to the greatness of the late Queen.
A palace on its premises has now been converted into a museum displaying heirlooms, paraphernalia and other trivia belonging to the Holkar Dynasty.
A really special exhibit is the small shrine on a palanquin which is carried down from the fort during the annual festival of Dusshera.
Another must-see is the beautiful statue of Rani Ahilya Bai seated on her throne.
The fort is maintained by the royal family. A part of the premise has been converted into a hotel for guests to savor the flavors of the historic grandeur of the Holkars. The fort maintains its traditional beauty in terms of its architecture, designs, sculptures, materials used in furniture and reconstruction. A devotional song in the honor of the late queen has been composed under the auspicious of the Ahilya Bai Trust. The fort also houses a weaver’s cooperative society in its premises.
A visit to this fort gives oneself with an in depth knowledge about the greatest queen of the Holkar dynasty. Every year on premises of the fort there is a music festival that is organized by the royal family. People from all over the country attend the grand and melodious occasion on the banks of the Narmada.
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