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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

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.


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.