Goga temple at Giripar is a unique symbol of communal harmony

 The troupes that went out to recite the heroic tales of Goga Jaharveer from house to house have returned to their places on Wednesday. The ancient temple of Goga Maharaj in the Giripar area is decorated like a bride at the Goga Navami festival. In these temples, on the Ashtami of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada, a whole night vigil is held and Bhandara is organized on Goga Navami. Devotees throng the temples to seek the blessings of Goga Jaharpir. The most important thing is that Goga Rana is worshiped as a deity by the Hindus and as a Pir by the Muslim community. Goga Marhi is a unique confluence of communal harmony.
Tell that every year from Raksha Bandhan to Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha’s Ashtami, the congregations make Goga sticks tour in their area and tell people the heroic story of Goga Rana by going door to door. People make offerings of bread and pudding in lieu of this. People believe that by offering bread to Gugga, there is no fear of snakebite and poisonous insects and negative forces cannot enter the house. It is said that Goga is also considered the god of snakes. Even today snakebite treatment is done at many Goga Marhi.
The history of the emergence of Goga Rana is related to the Dadraiva place of the Churu district of Rajasthan. Goga Chauhan’s descendant was Yashaswati son of King Jewar and Mata Bachhal. His origin is said to be from the consumption of Guggalvati received as Prasad as a result of fourteen years of penance by Guru Gorakhnath ji of his mother Bachhal. In addition to Mata Bachal, Guggalvati was used by Narasimha Brahmin, who lived in the palace of King Jewar, and her mare, from whom Narasimha and Nila Ghoda were born. Gugga used to ride this horse. Later, he was married to Serial, the daughter of King Sanga of the country of Koru.
According to legend, the then-Mughal ruler had once invaded the country of Bagad. In this war, Goga’s cousins ​​Arjun and Surjan supported the Mughal ruler. Gugga Jaharpir won the war by defeating all the enemies with his fighting skills. Both his cousins ​​were martyred in this war. On hearing this story, Goga Rana’s mother got angry and expelled him from the country, on which he took a living tomb at a place called Gogga Maidhi in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan and since then he has been worshiped as a brave warrior in northern India. Is performed. The history of Goga Rana is also associated with the release of Shirgul, the presiding deity of Sirmaur district, from the Mughal prison in Delhi. This is the reason why Gugga Jaharpeer is worshiped as a heroic warrior in different areas of Sirmour district.

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