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Gopal

Lord Krishna, the 8th avatar of Lord Krishna is worshipped as a teacher, a friend, a partner, a protector and all in one. He was the charioteer guide to Arjuna in Mahabharat and has 108 names. He is the most beloved of all the Hindu gods. He was the son of Vasudev and Devki (Sister of a cruel king Kamsa; who killed all the infants of Devki because he feared his death would be from the 8th child of Devki but he killed all her new born) and was born on the Eighth day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Shravan and is celebrated as Krishnajanmashtami or Gokulashtami with complete devotion and enjoyment all over India.

The stories of Lord Krishna’s childhood exploits abound. Gopal or Bal Gopal was his childhood name. He was a cowherd boy who, with his divine sound of flute, enchanted the Gopinis (Cowherd maidens). Gopal’s stories are called as “Lila” and contains his childhood activities and actions of how he protected the people of Vrindawan by lifting the Govardhan parwat, killing many demons to protect his valley, the magic of his flute that would surround him with Gopis, his love for Makkhan and cows.

The bal-lila or Krishna-lila encloses the stories of his divine-being, of how he killed the demons Putana and Trinivarta. He showed his mother Yashoda the complete cosmos in his mouth and made her realize that he was a divine energy.

According to ancient texts, the final days of Gopal went by teaching discipline and spiritual wisdom to his friend Uddhava.