Three Reasons Krishna Is Known As Gopala

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna with cow]“Nondevotees cannot give any nomenclature for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, yet the Lord is known as Shyamasundara and Giridhari. Similarly, the Lord is known as Devaki-nandana and Yashoda-nandana because He accepted the role of son for mother Devaki and mother Yashoda, and He is known as Gopala because He enjoyed the sport of maintaining the cows and calves.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 10.2.36 Purport)

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One of the countless names for Bhagavan is Gopala. This name is especially relevant in certain sections of the Shrimad Bhagavatam, also known as the Bhagavata Purana. Bhagavan is the highly fortunate one, and the work that best describes Him is Bhagavata. Devotees are also known as bhagavata since they are always connected to Him in yoga.

The beautiful name of Gopala has several meanings, and they each fit the Supreme Lord. Proof is there in…

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