Lord Gogaji, a local God in Rajasthan, is prayed to by both Hindus and Muslims.
Lord Gogaji was born in 900 AD to queen Bachchal and king Zewar in Dadrewa village of Churu district in Rajasthan. Legend has it that queen Bachchal was unable to conceive and hence sought the blessings of yogi Gorakhnath. The yogi blessed the queen and gave her Gugal candies. Upon eating the candy, the queen became pregnant and she distributed the remaining candies to several ladies in the area to help them conceive. Since yogi Gorakhnath had blessed the queen with Gugal candies, the son was named Goga.
Another legend has it that Gogaji’s two cousins, Arjan and Sarjan, plotted against him and attacked him one night. Gogaji, like a true warrior, defeated them. Upon learning about this, Gogaji’s mother became infuriated and refused to see him. Caught between the dilemma, Gogaji approached yogi Gorakhnath who struck his tongs in the earth and immediately provided samadhi to Gogaji and his horse.
Gogaji’s temple is situated in a town called Gogamedi in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan. The temple was built 950 years ago in a mix of Hindu and Muslim style of architecture. Gogaji is regarded as one of the five most powerful peers in the area with magical powers. He is revered for his powers to heal a person from snakebite and various other fatal diseases.
The temple has both, a Hindu and a Muslim, priest. The idol can be seen sitting on a blue mare (who also ate Gugal candy) with a lance in his hand and a snake around his neck. Every year, during the Saavan months of August and September, an annual fair is held in Gogamedi. The fair begins from the ninth day of the Goga Navami. Gogamedi fair is celebrated in the remembrance of the Serpent god.