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.

इस आर्टिकल को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहां क्लिक करें

December (Marghsheesh / Paush):

India is famous for its deep cultural, philosophical and traditional values. Being a secular nation, Indians enjoy every festival with full pomp and show. Each festival in India is celebrated with the same delight and fervour than with what it is preached. December being the last month of the year, brings a cheerful time for merrymaking and excitement. This month marks the closure of the festival list for the given year giving way to a new set of celebrations waiting to be unveiled.

Though very famous for the chill and the cold, December is also the time for Santa to come down and spread the magic of Christmas all over the world. Apart from this, December is also the time for the much awaited Hornbill Festival. Held in the first week of December, Hornbill is a great opportunity to explore the rich traditions and beauty of Nagaland. The three day long festival of Andhra Pradesh, Lumbini is a huge platform to witness the Buddhist traditions and related events, where thousands to tourists gather and celebrate the 2000 years old tradition.

Melas and fairs have always been close to the hearts of the Indians. In Goa, the Saint Francis Xavier Feast will keep the citizens busy in its largely organized food fair and processions. Hundreds of tourists visit the Bom Jesus Basilica for its morning mass. A cultural event including beach sports, fireworks, races and fun is lined up for the people of Kochi. The Cochin Carnival will be celebrated in the last week of December at the Kochi Fort. The only hill station of Rajasthan is also set to celebrate their favorite Mount Abu Winter Festival this month. It is known to capture the Rajasthani tribal culture and life with fireworks, races and processions.

The Hindu festivals and vrats continue to bloom in December with Utpanna Ekadashi, Vivaha Panchami, Dhanu Sankranti and Geeta Jayanti. Kisan Diwas or Farmer's Day is commemorated on the birth anniversary of Chaudhary Charan Singh and is widely celebrated on the 23rd of December each year in the nation.

December also hosts some of the significant UN days such as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, World AIDS Day, and the Human Rights Day.

And hold on, the splendour and grandeur just doesn’t end here. The much awaited celebrations and parties at the New Year Eve welcomes the upcoming New Year and bids farewell to the one that gave us a lot to Cheer for!

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