Friday, July 23, 2010

Rajasthan Lok Devta Goga Ji

Gogaji (गोगाजी) also known as Gugga is a folk deity of Rajasthan state in India. He is an eminent warrior-hero of the region. Hindus and Muslims alike honor him. He is also venerated as a saint and even as 'snake-god'. He is known as Goga among the Hindus and Jahar Peer among the Muslims. The Kaimkhani Muslims claim descent from him and regard him as a peer (saint). Gogaji is popular as a snake-god and almost every village in Rajasthan has a Than (sacred place) dedicated to him.Rabari community in Gujarat and Rajasthan is great believer in Gogaji.
A grand fair is held at Gogamedi, which is 359 km from Jaipur, in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan in August in memory of Gogaji. It is believed that Gogaji went into samādhi at Gogamedi. Thousands of devotees gather to pay homage at this memorial annually in the month of Bhadrapada during the Gogaji fair, which lasts for 3 days.The fair is held from the ninth day of the dark half of Bhadrapada (Goga Navami) to the eleventh day of the dark half of the same month. The inscription in Persian at the main entrance describes Mahmud of Ghazni's regard for Gogaji. It is quite a sight to see people singing and dancing to the beats of drums and gongs with multicolored flags called 'nishans' in their hands.

Early days of Gogaji were spent at village Dadrewa, situated on Hissar-Bikaner Highway in the Churu district. He was a Chauhan Rajput and were rulers of this area during that period - around 900 AD. A fair is simultaneously held here too in his memory.
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Gogaji was born by the blessing of Guru gorkhnath ji.The mother of Gogaji,Rani Bachal worship her guru Gorkhnath for 12 years for a child. The Gogaji's wife name was Siriyal and his father was Raja Jewar Singh of Bhagar Desh.

There is another popular story behind the 12-year worship of the mother of Jahar Peer (Bachal).

Even as she was worshiping Guru Gorakhnath, she had a twin-sister Rani Kachal who decided to usurp the blessings from Guru Gorakhnath. In the middle of night, she wore the clothes of her sister and deceived the Guru into giving her the blessing fruit. When Rani Bachal came to know of it, she came running after Guru Gorakhnath and said that she had not received anything. To which, Guruji replied that he had already given his blessings and said she was trying to deceive him. After much persistence from Rani Bachal, the Guru relented and gave him to Gugal candies (Gugal is a herb which is prescribed even till today under Ayurveda to treat people of infertility), and hence the name Gugaji. She distributed these candies in the entire village, including the mare who was pregnant at that time. The horse born from that mare eventually became the 'Blue Horse' that Gugaji rode. when Guru Gorkhnath gave the blessing the rani Bachal he told that your son will be so powerful and he will rule on both the sons of Rani Kachal. Goga ji have the company of his blue horse Nar Singh Peer and bohri wala. At last he kill the both sons of Rani Kachal and informed his mother. Goga ji mother was get very angry and instructed not to show his face. At every evening he was meeting to his Rani. One day his mother came to know that goga ji coming daily at home in night time. He follow him and appolige but goga ji can not show his face to her mother. His mother running after him and goga ji soughted for help from Guru gorkhnath, guru ji what I do, then gorkhnath through his Chimta from Gorkhtilla and land get slide then gogaji with his horse take samdhi. He have read the calma other he can not take samadhi that why he is peer for Muslim. Goga ji mother and rani also take samadhi near that. Goga ji samadhi is in angle not straight.

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