Mahashivratri Mela and Pachmarhi Utsava are the two significant festivals in Pachmarhi that are celebrated with pomp and fanfare. Mahashivratri Mela is a well-renowned festival celebrated in Pachmarhi. This festival is held in the month of February-March, to celebrate the wedding of Lord Shiva with Parvati. The worshippers visit the Mahadeo Temple to celebrate this festival with pomp and enthusiasm. The devotees carry trident and fix on top of the Chauragarh hill.
Another significant festival that is celebrated in Pachmarhi is Pachmarhi Utsava. Pachmarhi Utsava of Pachmarhi is a six-day festival held annually every year. This event begins from December 25 and ends after ushering the New Year. The New Year bonanza features a bouquet of enlightening programs and art performances.
Apart from these, exhibitions and craft fair are also organised. With an aim to promote and highlight the rich cultural heritage of the country, different programs are organised that showcase the folk arts of the country. Pachmarhi Utsava at Pachmarhi hosts exhibitions and craft fair besides some fascinating art performances. Cultural evenings are arranged every day of this Pachmarhi Utsava that features artists of national as well as international repute. A best part of these programs showcase the folk arts of the country, thereby playing an important part in preserving the country's rich cultural heritage. Several stalls are also put up in order to display and sell products of the able artisans who are sponsored by the Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation. You will find many food stalls too at Pachmarhi Utsava in Pachmarhi that offer an assortment of delicacies to the visitors. The display as well as sale of saris, dress material, carpets, bamboo crafts, durries and woolens produced by various self help groups besides papad, pickles, bari, sauces etc would serve as an added attraction to people coming here. At Pachmarhi also Shivratri Mela Festival is held at Mahadev Temple in Pachmarhi, a hill resort situated 195 km from Bhopal. This festival celebrates the marriage of Lord Shiva with Godess Parvati It is observed during the months of February-March. The devotees attending this festival carry tridents or trishul, a weapon associated with Lord Shiva. The tridents are fixed on the top of the Chauragarh hill, which is near the temple.