The Gogamedi Fair is one of the largest fairs organized in India. It
is held in the village of Gogamedi in the Ganganagar district of Rajasthan. The fair is
organized to offer respects to Chouhan Rajput, also called Gogaji, who hailed from
Dadrewa Village in the Churu District. This festival which is usually held during the
Hindu month of Bhadrapada (August to September) and is a good time to book Rajasthan tour packages.
Behind the Fair
Gogaji is a folk deity of the Jat community in Rajasthan. He is a snake god and is considered very pious. People from this region believe that snake
bites can be cured by chanting his name. The locals also believe that all
diseases can be cured by visiting Gogaji’s shrine.
Every year this fair is frequented by a
sea of devotees who pay homage to Gogaji’s memorial, which is built entirely
from white marble. It is believed that Gogaji went into a state of Samadhi once
his time on Earth was done. He is venerated as a saint by both Hindus and
Muslims in this region. On the entrance to this memorial, you can find
inscriptions which talk in detail about the respect that Mahmud of Ghazni held
From the Fair
This fair lasts for three days and every household in and around
the region participates in it. During the fair, people sell livestock, crops,
goods and even Rajasthani handicrafts. If you’re a shopaholic, you’ll surely be
delighted by the variety of handicrafts that is put up on sale here.
The Nath priests who carry whips in their hands stand out in the
crowd, and the whips that they carry resemble the one found in the idol of
Gogaji. You can merge as one with the lively and enthusiastic atmosphere, with
people singing and dancing to the drum beats and gongs, with multi-colored
flags in their hands.
The Gogamedi Fair is witnessed by a
significant number of tourists who come exclusively to catch a glimpse of
Rajasthani traditions, enjoying foot tapping music, dance and culture. If a cultural
experience coupled with oodles of fun is what you’re looking for, the Gogamedi
Fair is the right place to be. You can visit the fair by taking up packages from Delhi.