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Gugga Naumi Festival

Gugga Naumi is a snake worshipping festival. The religious festival is celebrated all around Haryana in the month of August and September. The sacred festival is also celebrated in other parts of India as well which includes the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. As the name suggests, Gugga ji is worshipped on the ninth day in the month of Bhadon. In Rajasthan, he is known as Goga ji.

According to the tales, Gugga was a warrior king born in Churu district of Rajasthan. Gugga ji is known to protect against a snake bite and is worshipped in shrines which do not look similar to any religious figure.

Gugga Mela- The highlight of the celebration is the Gugga Mela. It is organized in various cities including Bikaner, Asadpur, Bawal etc. Bamboo sticks with flumes of peacock and a blue flag with colored threads are used as the medium of celebration. The fans carry out a procession on the ninth day with drums across the village. Reverence is offered in the form of “Churma” and “Sevian” by the saints.

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