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Maihar

Maa Sharda Temple Maihar

Maihar city lies in Satna District of State of Madhya Pradesh, Central India. It is known for the temple of mother goddess Sharda. Sharda Devi (goddess) is situated in Trikuta hill of Maihar. It is about 42 kms. away from Satna, 65 kms. away from Katni, 165kms. from Khajuraho, 160 kms. from Jabalpur and 145kms from Bandhavgarh. Nearest airport can be Khajuraho or Jabalpur. Maihar city is well linked with railways and located in Mumbai-Howrah main track.

Temple of goddess Sharda is around of 502 A.D.. Traditional sacred stories says that when Lord Shiva was in state of deep sorrow and anguish, due to the death of Sati (Wife of Lord Shiva) and was roaming in earth with her dead body on his back. Lord Vishnu, came forward to save mankind and cuts the body of Sati in to 52 pieces. Wherever these fragments touches earth, holy shrines of Sati-worship were established. In Maihar necklace of Sati fell down and hence temple was established here. Its name “Maihar” can be broken to two parts “Mai” means mother and “har” means necklace. Considering the problem faced by aged and handicap devotees, government has started rope-way facility to reach top of the Sharda devi temple from ground at very nominal charges. This service become available to general public from August 15, 2009.

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Maihar is also known for famous warrior and wrestler brothers Alha & Udal. They were strict followers of Sharda devi. They fought against Rajput ruler Prithvi Raj Chauhan for the ruler of Mahoba.

Music is in air of Maihar. Famous Maihar Gharana belongs to Maihar having prominent place in Indian Classical Music. One of the legend of Indian Classical Music Ustad Allauddin Khan (passed away in 1972) was from Maihar. His famous students are: Sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar (his son-in-law), Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (his son), Pandit Pannalal Ghosh, Srimati Annapurna Devi(his daughter) etc Here Madhya Pradesh Tourism have its hotel for nice accommodation. While traveling from Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh or vice-versa, one can visit to Maihar temple. It has important place in Central India Pilgrimage Tour. People visiting for all over India visits this important site in Central India. Here many cement --industries are located in near-by areas.

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