There was a king named Zewar of Gaj reda Town in Raj asthan. He
had a queen named Bachhal. She was very beautiful. But she was
upset because she had no offspring. She had a religious bent. of
mind and often engaged in prayer to God. She was kind-hearted.
One day a Sadhu called out ‘Alakh’ at her palace. After receiving
offering from Bachhal, the Sadhu said, “May your son live long.
You may gain immense popularity.” Hearing this, she started
weeping and said,”I have no off-spring. And for this I am quite
perplexed. Please help me out.” At this, the Sadhu said, “This
is the voice of God. Guru Gorakhnath has landed in your town.
Please seek his shelter. He will fulﬁl your desire.” Hearing this,
she was overjoyed and prepared to go to Gorakhnath. In the mean
while, her maid servant (Bandi) rushed to her and said, “The
dried up well is full of waters. The garden which was quite barren
is all lush green. The trees are laden with fruits. The birds are
chirping. The eye-sight of the gardener has been restored.” the
queen was upbeat that her wish will be granted. She along with
the maid-servant headed to the site where Gorakhnath with his
disciples was in meditation. On reaching there, she lay prostrate
and said, “I am in great distress. Please alleviate my suffering.”
Gorakhnath asked what suffering she had. She said that she was
issueless. Gorakhnath was moved by her repeated requests and
said, “Have patience for some days. Your wish will be granted.”
Tweleve years rolled by and the opoitune time came. Queen
Bachhal was happy. But Kachhal – her sister went to Gorakhnath
surreptitiously and got the substance from him. She attained
motherhood, earlier than Bachhal. Queen Bachhal went to
Goraklmath and greeted him and said, “O! Saviour, Please do
me favour.” At this, Goraklmath got angry and said,”You are
dishonest. Only a few days back, you got the boon for birth of
two sons. You seem to he very greedy.” Queen Bachhal started
weeping and said, “You may not grant me boon. But do not
I just came. Seeing you in rage, I have got disheartened,” Gor-
akhnath calmed down and said, “Please tell me who has played
tricks with you,” Queen Bachhal said that she was her younger
sister who resembled her. Gorakhnath then asked how he could
help her as he had nothing to give her.
Queen Bachhal said, “If I go empty handed I will not only be let
down but your boon will prove false either.” Thereupon, Go-
rakhnath thought that if she was not rewarded, it would be his
defeat. He further said. ‘Do not lose heart. Trust in Lord Shiva.
Your wish will he granted.” Saying this, Gorakhnath sat in deep
meditation. He landed at Naglok where he asked the Queen of
Padam Nag for alms. He said “I have blessed the queen Bachhal
with a son, if it does not materialize, my blessings will prove
wrong. And my image will be at its worst. Please lend me the
soul of Padam Nag which wil be returned after some time.” The
Queen ofPadam Nag acceded to his request. Gorakhnath made
googal (Aﬂatoon) of the soulof Padam Nag and offered to the
queen Bachhal blessing that a brave son would be born to her and
would he worshipped by all. The queen made four parts of the
substance one part was given to a mare, two parts to-maid-servant
and remaining one part was eaten by herself. After 12 months, a
son was born to the queen on the ninth day of Bhadon who was
named Jaharpeer. J aharpeer was the incarnation of Padam Nag.
Later, on, he was known as Gogapeer.
Another legend has it that Gorakhnath persuaded Lord Brahma
to change Bachhal’s destiny in order to grant her a son. Pre-
viously Brahma had refused the request but Gorakhnath hung
himself from a tree, head downwards swinging over a ﬁre, until
the smoke of his burning ﬂesh attracted the notice of Brahma,
who then granted Gorakhnath’s prayer.
The pageant of Goga, known as the Chari Mela, is celebrated at
this time. The chari is sometimes carried by yogis who sing songs
in his honour and beg.
Goga is a disciple of Gorakhnath. He is now worshiped as a
snake-godling as one who has power over snakes and saves his
followers from snake bite. He grants boons especially to barren
women. Goga ﬁnally disappeared together with his horse, in the
bowls of the earth.