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Gokul lies to the west of Sadabad, 1.6 km from Mahavan and 15 km south-west of Mathura. It lies on the banks of river Yamuna where Lord Krishna was brought up in secrecy by Yasodha.

Gokul attained importance during the time of Vallabhacharya (1479-1531) when it became a major center of the Bhakti cult. The three olde temples dedicated to Gokulnath, Madan Mohan and Vithalnath, are said to have been built around 1511.

The festivals celebrated with traditional flavor include the Janmashtami in August, the Janmotsav in Bhadaon, the Annakut Festival, and the Trinavat Mela held on the fourth day of the dark half of Kartik. Important sites worth visiting in Gokul include the Gokulnath Temple, Raja Thakur Temple, Gopal Lalji Temple, and Morwala Temple.

Updated on 27th October, 2005
District: Mathura

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