Narmada Parikrama: Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Maheshwar, Khargone District, Madhya Pradesh

On the eastern side of Jaleshwar Mahadev Temple separated by the sangam of Rewa River and Maheshwar River, is the ancient Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple. This temple like the Jaleshwar Mahadev is situated atop a hill in the midst of stunning natural beauty and offers a beautiful view of the Narmada River and Maheshwar River through the arched openings on its sides.


This temple is located inside a fortified enclosure and is rarely visited by tourists. As per an inscription found on site, this temple was renovated in 1622 CE by Devdas Mandloi. The original temple was believed to have been built in brick but was renovated using sandstone.


The temple has a mandapasabha mandapa and garbha griha with Lord Shiva consecrated as Kalaeshwar, a personification of Time though He is Timeless. An idol of Chaturbhuji Gauri dressed in the Maratha garments sits in front of the Shiva Linga along with Lord Ganesha. This temple has been mentioned in the Shiva Purana and some scriptural texts.


The temple architecture is typical of the 17th century with square pillars with an inverted lotus on its capital. There are smaller shrines of perhaps Kali Mata, Lord Hanuman, Lord Kala Bhairava and Lord Ganesha on the left side of the entrance. The large courtyard has many Shiva Lingas of great antiquity and Nandi seated on a high platform. This temple appears to be the samadhi sthala of revered Gurus who have performed tapas (penance and austerities) here for decades.


Written by Lakshmi Subramanian

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