Goga Navami is a Hindu festival observed on the ‘Navami’ (9th day) during the ‘Krishna Paksha’ (the dark fortnight of moon) of the month of ‘Bhadrapad’ in the traditional Hindu calendar. This festival is also popularly known as ‘Guga Naumi’ and is dedicated to worshipping Lord Guga, who is the Snake God. In the Gregorian calendar this observance falls between the months of August-September. In Hindu traditions, Gogaji, also called as ‘Jahar Veer Gogga’ is a popular folk deity who is worshipped with full devotion in the northern states of India, especially Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab. It is a widespread belief that He appeared on the Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Navami and therefore Hindu devotees dedicated this to him. Goga Navami is celebrated with immense fanfare and enthusiasm in the northern regions of India, most importantly in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. In Rajasthan on Goga Navami grand fairs are held and the festivities last for three days.
Goga Navami 2017 was on August 16 Wednesday
Rituals during Goga Navami:
- On Goga Navami, devotees worship the idol of ‘Gugaji’. He is seen riding a blue colored horse and also holds yellow and blue flags. In some regions, the rituals of worshipping Lord Goga starts from ‘Shravana Purnima’ (that day of Raksha Bandhan) and continues for nine days, until Navami. For this reason it is also known as Goga Navami. Devotees recite Gogaji katha at the end.
- After completion of puja ceremonies, rice and chapatti are distributed as Prasad among the devotees.
- Various pujas and processions are organised on this day in Guga Mari temples. On Goga Navami, Hindu devotees also tie Rakhi or Raksha stotra to Lord Goga as an assurance of protection from any injury or harm.
- Also during the time of Goga Navami elaborate fairs are held at various places in the rural regions of Northern and north-western India. Among all the fairs and melas, the Guga Navami Mela in the district of Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh is the largest and most popular.
Important Timings On Goga Navami
|Sunrise||16-Aug-2017 06:07 AM|
|Sunset||16-Aug-2017 18:54 PM|
|Navami Tithi Begins||15-Aug-2017 17:39 PM|
|Navami Tithi Ends||16-Aug-2017 15:17 PM|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ]|
Significance of Goga Navami:
Goga Navami is one of the significant Hindu festivals celebrated in honour of Gogaji. As per the legends, Guga is known as powerful Rajput prince who possessed supernatural powers to control venomous snakes. There are different versions of his stories that are narrated on this day as a part of rituals. Some of the stories describe his divine birth, his marriage, family life, wars, his incredible art of healing snake bites and his disappearance from Earth. Hindus believe that by worshipping Him on this day will protect them from snakes and other evils. Moreover there is also a popular belief that Lord Guga protects children from all harm. Hence married women perform pujas on Goga Navami and pray to Him for the well-being and log life of their children. Some childless married women also pray on this day to be blessed with progenies.
Goga Navami festival dates between 2014 & 2024
|2014||Monday, 18th of August|
|2015||Sunday, 6th of September|
|2016||Friday, 26th of August|
|2017||Wednesday, 16th of August|
|2018||Tuesday, 4th of September|
|2019||Sunday, 25th of August|
|2020||Thursday, 13th of August|
|2021||Tuesday, 31st of August|
|2022||Saturday, 20th of August|
|2023||Friday, 8th of September|
|2024||Tuesday, 27th of August|