Mahesh Navami 2019India is a secular land where various religions, castes, communities and rituals exist. One such community comprises of the Maheshwari group. As each community has its own set of rituals and festivals, Maheshwari community too has them of their own. This community is more prevalent in the northern part of the country and celebrates Maheshwari Jayanti every year with great fervor and enthusiasm. Though the community is small, yet it is spread across the country.

Mahesh Jayanti falls on Navami (ninth day) of the Shukla Paksh in the month of June (Jyestha month according to the Hindu calendar). The festival is predominantly celebrated by the devotees of Lord Shiva. He is popularly known by various other names, one of which is Mahesh. The name is a symbol of extreme devotion towards Lord Shiva as it is believed that on this day he appeared in front of his devotees for the first time.

Mahesh Jayanti Legend

There was a king named Khandelsen, who did not have a child. So, he worshiped Lord Shiva with utmost dedication and devotion, after which the Lord fulfilled his wish by blessing him with a son named Sujansen, who later became the king of his kingdom.

Celebration of Mahesh Navami

It is predominantly a festival of Hindus and is celebrated in many parts of the country especially in Rajasthan. Devotees from all walks of life worship Mahesh and Goddess Parvati on this day. Temples are decorated with flowers and are accompanied by piousness and serenity all over the place. Newly wedded couples are especially asked to worship the Lord and Goddess Parvati on this day in order to start the new phase in their live with happiness and goodwill.

Rituals of Mahesh Jayanti

Various yajnas and chants are performed throughout the night. Special Jhanki of Lord Shiva and his pictures are spread all across the homes of the devotees. Large pictures of Lord Shiva are taken to various homes of his followers. Prayers are chanted in his name and his sayings and praises could be heard across the streets. Abhishekam of the Lord is done and he along with Goddess Parvati is decorated elegantly in temples on this day.

When the pictures are returned from the streets, Bhajan Sandhya occurs in the temple premises and at last Prasad is offered to every devotee. There are as such no typical types of rituals that are being performed on this day.  People celebrate this festival with utmost dedication and faith towards Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. There is a special belief that on this day, women who wish for a child, perform special prayers on this day and Lord Shiva blesses them with their wish. Not only in temples, yajnas and prayers are also performed by many people at their residence as well.

This festival marks the the ultimate devotion to Lord Shiva as he as is considered to be the harbinger of happiness and prosperity.

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June (Jyeshtha/Ashada):

India is a fascinating land of festivals where each festival is marked with a deep philosophical implication and presents an unmatched diction to the splendor of that particular carnival. Every month of the year sees a number of festivals and fairs dedicated to seasons, divine entities as well as eminent personalities. Similarly the scorching month of June that coincides with the Hindu months of Jyeshtha and Ashada sees a number of fairs and festivals.

Although the number of festivals celebrated in June are not as many as the other months, there are still some very important festivals and fairs that are celebrated in this month. June is a very significant month for Muslims all over the world this year, brings the most important festival of Muslims- Id-ul-Fitr. Id or Eid marks the last day of the month of Ramzan when people break their 30 days long fasting period with sumptuous meals and feasts. Eid also brings Jamat-ul-Vida. or the last Jumma of Ramadan (Ramzan). Muslims pray together on this day and seek divine blessings from Allah.

June holds tremendous religious significance for the Hindus as well. Mahesh Navami, a festivals dedicated to Lord Shiva who is also referred to as Mahesh or Maheshwar is celebrated at the beginning of June this year. It's celebrated with a lot of devotion by Hindus, specifically by the Maheshwari community who are devout followers and believers of Lord Shiva. Ganga Dussehra is another important festival celebrated in June. It is believed that it was on this day that the Holy River Ganga descended on to Earth, therefore; this day marks the birthday of the Ganges and is celebrated with immense devotion with celebrations taking place all along the banks of this sacred river.

Amarnath Yatra, one of the most important pilgrimages of the Hindus, commences at the end of June this year. It is considered the largest and holiest pilgrimage, where millions of Hindus from all over the world trek to the Holy Shrine of Lord Shiva housed in the iced -caves of Southern Himalayas in the beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir. Mithuna Sankranti, Nirjala Ekadashi and Yogini Ekadashi are some of the other Hindu festivals observed in the month of June.

The Sikhs observe the Punya Tithi of Guru Arjan Dev in this month. It is observed as the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Guru of the Sikhs. It is a solemn occasions marked with prayers and worship. Maharana Pratap Jayanti will be observed on 6th of June with songs describing the courage of this great warrior.

June is also a very significant month for the inhabitants of Goa. The Memorable Day of Goa is celebrated with immense zeal as it marks the day Goa attained freedom from the long lasting rule of the Portuguese all those years ago. Sao Joao Feast of St. John the Baptist is another very important festival in June that is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and zeal by Christians in Goa.

The United Nations World Environment Day is another very important day observed in June. It's observed world wide to raise awareness and concerns on issues related to global warming and environmental hazards. June holds tremendous significance for all fathers and father figures over the globe. The 3rd Sunday of June is observed as Fathers' Day worldwide and commemorates the unconditional love and sacrifices of a father. It is an opportunity for children to thank and appreciate their fathers.

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