The holy town Maihar is a part of Satna district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is a place of Hindus Faith and devotion. That is well known place for the temple of the mother goddess Sharda situated on Trikuta hill. The town was formerly the capital of the princely state of Maihar. The state was established in 1778 by Jogis clan, who were granted land by the ruler of the nearby state of Orchha. The state, which was watered by the Tamas River, consists mainly of alluvial soil covering sandstone, and is fertile except in the hilly district of the south. A large area was under forest, the producer of which provided a small export trade.
It is sakti peeth according to the epics when lord Shiva was carrying body of dead mother goddess Sati, her necklace fell at this place. Therefore the name “Maihar = Mai+Har”, means the “necklace of mother”.
According to the locals the famous warriors Alha and Udal, who had war with Prithvi Raj Chauhan, were very strong followers of Maa Sharda Devi. They called the mother goddess by the name “Sharda Mai”. Alha worshiped for 12 years and got amaratva with blessings of Sharda Devi.
Figure 1 Maa Sharda Devi Temple
Place to Visit in Maihar
- Maa Sharda Devi Temple: this temple is established over the hill of Trikuta. There are 1063 steps to reach the top of the hill. There is ropeway for convenience is also developed by government authorities. According to locals nobody is allowed to stay at night on the top of hills because, first of all two great warriors “Alha and Udal” are performing worship of goddess Ma Sharda both are still alive.
- Alha and Udal Temple & Pond: that is the place where where Alha and Udal used to practice kushti or wrestling. The people of Maihar believe that Alha is still alive and comes at 4:00 a.m. to worship the Goddess Sharda. This temple is located at behind the temple and downhill also known as Alha Pond (Tallia). It can be viewed from the temple hill top at the distance of 2 K.M.
- Golamath Temple: This famous ancient Kalchuri period (10th, 11th century) lord Shiva temple is constructed in style of Khajuraho temples. Known for fulfilling the desires and prayers of visitors this temple is also situated at Deviji road and opposite to Bara Akhara. (2km. from Maihar railway station).
Figure 2 Golamath Mandir
How to Reach
How to reach Maihar is not at all difficult, as transport connectivity to this city is quite efficient. The city is well connected through railways. The main railway station in the city is Maihar Railway Station. The city is also well connected by road, with NH 7 making it easy for visitors to reach here by road. Nearest airports to the city are located at Jabalpur and Khajuraho.