Mahesh Navami is the festival ascribed to Lord Shiva and Goddess Sri Parvathi Devi. It occurs on the Shukla Paksha Navami of the Jyesta Month. For the Year 2021, it occurs on Saturday, 19th June 2021. The exact duration of the Navami Tithi has to be ascertained from the respective regional calendars.
Mahesh Navami is believed to be the day when Lord Shiva had first gave darshan to His devotees. There are a few legends associated with this.
Once, a group of hunters attacked an ashram. The Sages in the Ashram cursed the hunters to become stones.
The wives of the hunters pleaded with the Sages to revoke the curse. The Sages refused. The women prayed to Lord Shiva seeking forgiveness for their husbands’ misdeeds.
Lord Shiva had appeared before them and told them that their husbands should abstain from hunting and take up some other profession.
The ladies had agreed to that. Then Lord Shiva had revived the hunters.
The day when Lord Shiva gave darshan as Sri Maheshvar (the great God) was the Shukla Paksha Navami of the Jyeshta month. Hence it is called as Mahesh Navami. The day is believed to be the day of origination of Maheshwari community.
As per belief, King Khandelsen had ardently prayed to Lord Shiva and observed fasting on Mahesh Navami for progeny. He was blessed with a son and he was named Sujansen.
The festival is celebrated with devotion by most of the business communities in North India. The devotees rise early in the morning. After bath, they visit Shiv temples and pray to Sri Shiva and Sri Parvathi.
Special chanting of prayers is done throughout the day and night. Bhajans are also held. At some places special Homams / Yagnas are conducted invoking the blessings of Lord Shiva. Rudrabhishekam is done to Lord Shiva.
After the performance of Aarti, prasadam is distributed to all devotees. Some devotees observe fasting either for the whole day or partially.
It is believed that observation of this Vrat shall result in good health, wealth, happiness and prosperity.