India is a land of celebrations. Rarely will you come across lively people across the globe that worship animals and sing hymns in their praise. However, located in district of Hanumangarh, around 395 km from the capital city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, Gogamedi village is one such exceptional place.
History and Architecture
The temple of Gogaji is an excellent example of Hindu and Muslim style of Architecture. The temple is built on a high mound. The temple houses the shrine of Gogaji. The engraved idol of Gogaji can be seen as a warrior riding a blue horse, with a lance in his hand and a snake around his neck. The temple is visited by every caste and communities. Gogaji shrine is a marble shaped structure which is a protected by a boundary. There are two minarets above the shrine which houses the main idol. Constructed from stone and lime mortar, the flooring of the temple has white and black marble tiles.
The Relevance of Goga Ji Maharaja
The temple of Goga Ji Maharaja holds special significance for the devotees, be it Hindu, Muslim, Sikhs or Christians. Devotees dressed in yellow clothes come over to the fair from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. These devotees are referred by the name of Purbiyae in local language. Devotees come along dancing and chanting hyms about the legends of Goga Ji Maharaja and some of them bring snakes along with them. Devotees seek blessings from Goga Ji Maharaja during Gogamedi fair and are blessed with their long cherished wishes.
Legend Behind the name, Goga Ji
Goga Ji Maharaja was a popular Chauhan clan King in Rajasthan. His original name was Jaharveer. His brothers Archan and Sarchon were bad intentioned men and desired to kill Jaharveer after kidnapping his wife Shreeyal. Jaharveer got to know about the intention of his brothers and killed them. Jarahveer's mother Banchal could not bear this and directed the King to leave the Kingdom. Thereafter Jaharveer left the Palace and started living in a forest. However, he continued to meet his wife secretly.
Eventually his mother got to know about the meetings among the king and his wife. Jaharveer could not face his mother for disobeying her command of not coming to the palace ever again. He therefore got himself engraved in the ground along with his horse at Gogamedi.
About the Gogamedi Fair
A grand fair is held at Gogamedi in August in memory of Gogaji. The fair is held from the ninth day of the dark half of Bhaadra (Goga Navami) to the eleventh day of the dark half of the same month.
It is usually believed that by chanting the name of Goga Ji Maharaja, anyone suffering from snakebite gets cured. Devotees from all over Rajasthan participate in the fair with enthusiasm and special food items are offered to Goga Ji Maharaja. Delicacies prepared from honey, sugar and coconut are also offered to Goga Ji Maharaja. The traditional ambiance of Rajasthan comes alive to the core on Gogamedi fair as musicians from all over Rajasthan showcase distinct aspects of Rajasthani culture during the fair.
Gogamedi is also considered to be a major animal fair in the region. Merchants dealing in animal trade come over to the village during the fair and trading of animals like Camel is done during the fair.
Shri Gogaji's influence over the people was very intense. He is one of the five renowned peers with miraculous powers. He is a local deity and highly revered as he is capable of healing a person suffering from snakebite and other diseases. Gogaji is worshiped not only in Rajasthan but also in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
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