- Gokul Dhama
The most celebrated of Shri Krishna's abodes, Gokul lies to the west of
Sadabad, 1.6 km from Mahavan and 15 km south-east of Mathura, on the
Mathura -etah metalled road. It was here that Lord Krishna was brought
up in secrecy by Yashoda, in the pastoral beauty of this village on the
banks of the Yamuna.
Gokul attained importance during the time
of vallabhacharya (1479-1531) when it became a major center of the Bhakti
cult. The three oldest temples in the place are those dedicated to
Gokulnath, Madan Mohan and Vithalnath, said to have been built around 1511.
The other temples include those of Dwarika Nath and Balkrishna and the
shrines which were built in the honour of Lord Mahadeo in 1602 by Raja Vijai
Singh of Jodhpur.
The celebration of Janmashtami in August is unparalleled for its gaiety and
melas are a constant attraction here.
Other such festivities celebrated with traditional fervor include the
Janmotsav in Bhadaon, the Annakut Festival and the Trinavat Mela held on the
fourth day of the half of kartik.
Important sites worth visiting in Gokul include the Gokulnath Temple, Raja
Thakur Temple, Gopal Lalji Temple and the Morwala Temple.