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Gogamedi Fair - Celebrated in Symphony

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 8 months ago

India is a land of fairs and festivals, and the Gogamedi Fair clearly stands out with its colors, music, dance and more. The fair is held to honor the local deity Gogaji and Hindus and Muslims collectively participate in this event. Here’s more…

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.

The Story 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 for Gogaji.

Snippets 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.


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