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native_name = Gokul | type = city | latd = 27.45 | longd = 77.72
locator_position = right | state_name = Uttar Pradesh
district = Mathura
altitude = 163
population_as_of = 2001
population_total = 4041| population_density =
area_magnitude= sq. km
:"For the Jat chieftain, see
Gokula."Gokul is a town and a nagar panchayatin Mathura districtin the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located 15 km south-east of Mathura. It was popularised by Vallabhacharyaas a religious site during the 16th century, and became an important centre of the Bhakticulture.
Gokul was the place where Lord Krishna was brought up under the care of Nanda and Yashoda, the first family of the village. Since
Kamsa, Krishna's uncle, used to kill every baby born to Devaki, Nanda exchanged his own new born daughter with Vasudevain order to smuggle Krishna away without raising Kamsa's suspicion. During his stay at Gokul, Krishna spent his time in fun and frolic, though his life did come under threat a few times. He was very naughty as a child, and was often caught stealing butter and milk from pots.
One of the earliest incidents happened when Krishna was an infant, and the demoness
Putanacame to the village at the behest of Kamsa. She laced her nipples with poison and tried to breastfeed Krishna. However, Krishna suckled on her until he completely drained her life away.
Yamunaused to flow near the village, and a five-headed serpent known as Kaliyaused to live in its waters. Kaliya was a powerful cobra, who made the river waters poisonous and made the forests barren. Krishna vanquished this snake, and one of the most famous paintings of Krishna depicts him dancing on the head of Kaliya in a Natarajalike position, while playing his flute.
Another famous incident was Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan with the little finger of his left hand, when a great storm threatened to blow away Gokul and its residents.
Krishna spent his time in Gokul in playful activities. He used to play the flute, and was very popular with the village girls (known as
gopikas). It is at Gokul that Krishna met Radha, his life long love whom he never married.
People roll about in the sand here at a spot called 'Raman Reti' to be blessed by Lord Krishna.
Gokul is located at coord|27.45|N|77.72|E| [ [http://www.fallingrain.com/world/IN/36/Gokul.html Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Gokul] ] . It has an average elevation of 163
metres (534 feet).
As of 2001India census[GR|India] , Gokul had a population of 4041. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Gokul has an average literacy rate of 60%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 68%, and female literacy is 49%. In Gokul, 18% of the population is under 6 years of age.
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