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108 Dhivya Desam - Thiruvaaippadi (Gokulam)

Location :  Gokul near Mathura
Perumaal :  Navamohana Krishnan
Thaayaar :  Rukmini, Sathyabhama
Theertham : Yamuna
Paasuram  : PeriAzhwar, Aandaal, Thirumangai
Vimaanam : Hemakoota Vimanam
Travel Base : Mathura, Agra, Delhi

Description : Stories of Krishna's childhood, form the basis of several of India's art forms which constitute the subcontinent's cultural backbone.

PeriAzhwar, Andal and ThirumangaiAzhwar in the latter half of the 1st millennium CE, have sung of Krishna's childhood at his foster home at Gokulam   in a total of 22 verses in Tamil. Gokulam is intimately associated with the much-loved colorful legends related to the childhood of Krishna.

 

Gokul, at a distance of about 12 km from Mathura, is what is referred to as the Thiruvaaippaadi Dhivya Desam. The first verse of Thiruppaavai speaks of 'Seer malgum Aaippaadi'.

 

There are several temples here, with images of Nandagopa, Yasodha, Balarama and Krishna.