Khargone: When Madhya Pradesh was formed in 1956, the region of Khargone was called West Nimar. It contained other districts as well. Later in 1998, West Nimar was further divided in to Khargone & Bharwani.
‘Nimar’ is an interesting term. A few believe that the word ‘Nimar’ is derived from the work ‘Neem’ due to high growth of Neem trees in the region. Another belief is that the term ‘Nimar’ is derived from the word ‘Nimarya’. Nimarya in the local languages means a place which is shared by both aryans and non-aryans. Later the term ‘Nirmaya’ gradually changed to ‘Nimar’.
In 2017, Khargone secured 17th rank in most clean cities in India. It was also awarded for being India’s fastest moving city under a population of 2 lacs.
A beautiful place awaits you in Khargone – Sahastradhara waterfalls. Sahastradhara translated to 1000 streams. Name is apt owing to several streams of water that Narmada divides into to eventually reunite.
Water sport Slalom is also practiced in Sahastradhara Maheshwar. Madhya Pradesh has been quite involved in the water sports and has been providing lot of competitive sportsmen/sportswomen to the sporting community. Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh has 3 academies for Water Sports to encourage people to participate in water sports.
Maheshwar also served as a capital during the reign of Rajmata Ahilya Devi Holkar. Ahilyabai Holkar was the queen of Holkars who ruled the Malwa region. She is credited with the construction of several temples, inns, forts and roads. Ahilyabai also uplifted the local economy of Maheshwar by starting a new style of ‘Saree’ – Maheshwari Saree. Even today one of the Holkar’s descendants Sally Holkar is continuing the tradition of Maheshwari Sarees by boosting its business through innovation. Ahilyabai is remembered as a representative of Golden age in the Malwa region – a lady of modern times. However, as the irony strikes sometimes at the most improbable places, Ahilyabai’s daughter herself committed Sati(an age old practice committed by women of ending their lives in the funeral pyres of their husband. The practice is now abolished in India.