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Gogamedi Fair

Gogaji on horseback. Courtesy of
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Aug - Sep 2009 (annual)
Rajasthan's Gogamedi Fair involves the selling of livestock, village produce and handicrafts, as well as plenty of singing and dancing. It's also an auspicious time for matches to be arranged for eligible boys and girls by the local folk.
The fair is held in memory of a popular hero of the area known as Goga Veer (if you're Hindu) and Jahar Peer (among the Muslims). Gogaji, as he is affectionately known, is popular as a snake god and almost every village in Rajasthan has a shrine in his honour. Some believe that by invoking his name, a snake bite can be cured (you could try visiting a doctor too).
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