|Mahesh Navami is the main festival of the Maheshwari community, which was formed on this day due to the boon of Lord Shiva.|
|Also called||Mahesh Jayanti|
|Tithi||Jyeshta Shukla Paksha Navami|
|Deity||Lord Shiva, Maa Parvati|
|Observances||Puja, Prayers, Celebrations, and Donations|
|2021 Date||Saturday, 19 June|
|2022 Date||Thursday, 09 June|
Mahesh Navami is the main festival of the Maheshwari community. This festival is celebrated on the Navami tithi of Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta month. It is also known as Mahesh Jayanti. Mahesh is also the name of Lord Shankar. This festival is dedicated to him. Lord Shiva and Jagatjanani Mata Parvati are worshiped on this day. It is believed that the Maheshwari caste was formed on this day due to the boon of Lord Shiva. Preparations for this festival begin 2-3 days in advance. Religious and cultural programs are also organized on this day.
In ancient times there was a king named Khadgalsen. His subjects were very happy with the work of the king. The kings used to live in the well-being of the people with religious instincts, but the kings used to be very unhappy because of being childless. Once the king conducted a Kameshti Yagna with the desire to have a son. In the Yajna, saints and mahatmas blessed the king to be a brave and mighty son and predicted that for 20 years he would have to stop going in the north direction. The son was born at the king's place and got his naming ceremony done with pomp and named Sujan Kanwar. Sujan Kanwar became heroic, brilliant, and versed in all the disciplines in a few days.
After a few days, Jain monks arrived in that city. Sujan Kanwar was very impressed by his satsang. He got influenced and took the education of Jainism and started propagating the religion. Gradually, the faith of the people of the state started increasing in Jainism.
One day the prince went into the forest to hunt and suddenly the prince started going towards the north. Despite the refusal of the soldiers, he did not agree. Near the Surya Kund in the north, sages were performing a yajna. Seeing this, the prince became very angry and said - 'I was not allowed to come in the north direction by keeping me in the dark and he sent all the soldiers and caused a disturbance in the yagna.
It is believed that on the Navami date of the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshtha month, Lord Mahesh and Mata Parvati cursed the 72 Kshatriya Umrahs made of stone due to the curse of the sages and gave life again, saying that they were called Maheshwari i.e. Maheshwari blessings have been given. The Maheshwari society originated from this day itself. Therefore, it is said that this festival is celebrated with great pomp in Maheshwari society by considering Lord Mahesh and Mata Parvati as the founders of Maheshwari society. This day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the minds of the people.
On this day, worship Lord Shiva with lotus flowers. Jal Abhishek of Shivling with Ganga water. Offer flowers, belts, etc. to Shiva. Then apply Tripunda with Bhasma on it. On this day, Damru is played at the time of worship of Lord Shiva. Worshiping both Shiva Parvati brings blessings of a happy life.
On the Mahesh Jayanti, various yajnas and mantras are chanted throughout the night. A special tableau of Lord Shiva is taken out on this day. His pictures are spread among the people. Large pictures of Lord Shiva are taken by his followers to various houses. And prayers are offered to Lord Mahesh. Their stories and praises are heard. The Lord is anointed and Shiva-Parvati is very beautifully decorated in temples on this day. When the pictures come back from the streets, Bhajan Sandhya takes place in the temple premises and finally, all the devotees receive the prasad. There are no rituals that are not performed on this day. People celebrate this festival with utmost dedication, love, and faith towards Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. There is a special belief that on this day, Lord Shiva blesses those women who wish for a child and offer special prayers to Shiva on this day, all their wishes are fulfilled. Yajna and prayers are not performed on this day only in temples, but people also do special worship of Mahesh-Parvati in their respective homes. Also, pray for a happy life with Shiva-Parvati.
Many stories are known behind celebrating Mahesh Navami. It is said that there was a king named Khandelsen, who had no children. He, therefore, worshiped Lord Shiva with full devotion and devotion. After which God blessed him to have a son named Sujansen. He later became the king of that kingdom. According to religious texts, the ancestors of Maheshwari society were of the Kshatriya dynasty. One day when his descendants were on a hunt, there was a disturbance in the Yajna of the sages due to their hunting procedure. Because of which the sages cursed these people that your dynasty will collapse. Maheshwari society was affected due to this curse. But in the month of Jyeshtha, on the day of Shukla Paksha Navami, by the grace of Lord Shiva, he got freedom from curse and Shiva gave his name to this society. Hence from this day, this society became famous as Maheshwari. According to the knowledge of Lord Shiva, the Maheshwari society abandoned Kshatriya karma and adopted Vaishya Karma. Therefore, even today, Maheshwari society is known as Vaishya.