Gokul or Tiruvaaippadi is one of the "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, orAlwars.
It is located in Gokul in Mathura district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located 15 km south-east of Mathura. It was the site of Krishnas childhood past-times.
Lord Krishna, who spent his childhood days in Gokul dances over the subdued Kaliya Naag in river Yamuna, while seen on the banks are people of Gokula, Krishna's father Nanda Baba and his brother Balarama.
The Aichar Kuruvai chapter describes the event. The association of Nappinnai, the beloved shepherd girl with Krishna is peculiar to Tamil tradition like the huntress Valli with Lord Muruga.
According to some scholars, the Radha cult of later times was close to the ancient Nappinai cult of Tamil Nadu.
Perialwar, Andal and Tirumangaialwar 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 Tiruvaaippaadi Divya Desam. The first verse of Tiruppaavai speaks of 'Seer malgum Aaippaadi'.
Location : Gokul near Mathura(Vada Naadu)
Vishnu : Navamohana Krishnan
Taayaar : Rukmini, Satyabhama
Theertham : Yamuna
Paasuram : Perialwar, Andal, Tirumangai
Vimaanam : Hemakoota Vimanam
Travel Base : Mathura, Agra, Delhi