New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Mahesh Navmi is an auspicious Hindu festival that is celebrated by the devotees of Lord Shiva-- also known as Lord ‘Mahesh’. The festival is primarily celebrated by people of Maheshwari community, who are usually known for their family business. It is believed that the community was formed on Mahesh Navmi several years ago. The festival is observed on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha (Waxing moon) in the month of Jyeshta according to the Hindu Calendar. This year, Mahesh Navami is being observed on May 31. 

It is also believed that on the occasion of Mahesh Navmi, Lord Shiva is seen by his prime devotees and hence people devote this day to worship him. The festival is mainly celebrated by the people of Rajasthan. 

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Women, who want children, also pray to Lord Shiva on Mahesh Navmi. A popular story that makes the festival more significant is that once upon a time several hunters attacked an ashram and interrupted the religious rituals. Due to this, the sages or the sadhus got angry and cursed the hunters to become stone. Horrified by the curse, the wives of those hunters prayed to Lord Shiva and requested him for mercy. Lord Shiva agreed to save them but only if they would stop hunting and involve themselves in some other business. 

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The hunters agreed on this condition and thus all the men were rescued eventually. This hunter community started with a business and they named their community after Lord Shiva or Mahesh and today they are known as ‘Maheshwari community’. Hence, it is considered that Lord Shiva was the guardian of the fore-fathers of the Maheshwari community.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma