Gopi

Gopi is a word of Sanskrit (गोपी) origin meaning 'cow-herd girl'. In Hinduism specifically the name gopi (sometimes gopika) is used more commonly to refer to the group of cow herding girls famous within Vaishnava Theology for their unconditional devotion ("Bhakti") to Krishna as described in the stories of Bhagavata Purana and other Puranic literatures. Of this group, one gopi known as Srimati Radharani holds a place of particularly high reverence and importance in a number of religious traditions, especially within Gaudiya Vaishnavism.

Prominent Gopis

The gopis of Vrindavan, who total one hundred and eight in number, are generally divided into three groups: Gopi friends of the same age as Krishna; maidservants; and gopi messengers. The first group, Krishna's contemporary gopi friends, are the most exalted, the second group, the maidservants are the next most exalted, and the gopi messengers come after them. The primary eight gopis are considered the foremost of Krishna's devotees after Srimati Radharani. Their names are as follows :

* Lalita (gopi) Sakhi
* Visakha Sakhi
* Campakalata Sakhi
* Citra Sakhi
* Tungavidya Sakhi
* Indulekha Sakhi
* Rangadevi Sakhi
* Sudevi Sakhi

Unconditional love

According to Hindu Vaishnava theology the stories concerning the gopis are said to exemplify "Suddha-bhakti" which is described as 'the highest form of unconditional love for God' (Krishna). Their spontaneous and unwavering devotion is described in depth in the later chapters of the Bhagavata Purana, within Krishna's Vrindavan pastimes and also in the stories of the sage Uddhava.

See also

*Gita Govinda
*Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
*Holy Basil (Tulsi)
*Six Goswamis
*Gopi Krishna

Other meanings of Gopi

:*"Gopi" is a popular Indian name.:*"Gopi" is a Malayalam film actor. One of Gopi's most notable movies is "Yavanika", a serious drama revolving around a murder, and the circumstances surrounding it".

External links

* [http://www.swargarohan.org/Prabhu/Bhajans/Gopi-Geet.htm Gopi Geet text and mp3 audio] (Bhagavat Purana, book 10, Chapter 31)
* [http://www.vrindavan.de/vrindavana.htm The Residents of Eternal Vrindavana] (including Srimati Radharani & the Gopis)
* [http://www.naturalnirvana.com/Braja-Mandala/Braja-Spiritual/Gopis.htm The Eight Main Gopis] (Asta Sakhis)
* [http://www.mayapur.info/main/deity_pictures.html Deity Gallery: Radha-Madhava & the Eight Gopis]
* [http://www.yogapitha.org/BrajYogaPitha.htm Diagram of the Yoga Pitha in Vrindavana]
* [http://www.radhakunda.com/personalities/index.html Srimati Radharani and other Personalities]


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