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Putana temple, Mahavan, Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh Sri Krishna kills demon Trinavarta Sri Krishna shows the whole universe inside His mouth Sri Krishna liberates Nalakuvara and Manigriva from curse Nanda Bhavan, Mahavan (Chaurasi Khamba temple), Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh Nanda Yashoda Bhavan, Gokul, Mathura district, Uttar PradeshMeditation: I meditate on Sri Krishna growing up in Gokul in the house of Nanda Maharaj.

Gokul: Gokul is the place where Sri Krishna grew up in the house of Nanda and Yashoda. Two places are identified with Gokul where Sri Krishna was brought up by Yashoda. The Mahavan (or old Gokul) and Gokul (or new Gokul). Both places have Nanda Bhavan. Gokul is a Divya Desam.

Thiruvaipadi Divya Desam: Gokul and Vrindavan together is one of the 108 Divya Desams identified with the Thiruvaipadi Divya Desam.

Puranic Events: Srimad Bhagavatam describes various leelas of Sri Krishna at Gokul. They are as follows:
1. Sri Krishna inspires Vasudeva to exchange Him with the daughter of Nanda Maharaj of Gokul. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.3)
2. Sri Krishna kills demoness Putana. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.6)
3. Sri Krishna overturns a handcart. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.7)
4. Sri Krishna kills demon Trinavarta. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.7)
5. Sri Krishna grows up; Garga Muni performs the naming ceremony secretly. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.8)
6. Sri Krishna eats mud; shows mother Yashoda the entire universe within His mouth. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.8)
8. Sri Krishna liberates Nalakuvara and Manigriva from the curse of becoming Arjuna trees. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.10)
9. Sri Krishna makes a woman fruit-seller rich. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.11)

Temples:
- Chaurasi Khamba temple: The Nanda Bhavan at Mahavan (Old Gokul) is also known as Chaurasi Khamba temple due to its 84 pillars.
- Nanda-Yashoda Bhavan: The Nanda Bhavan at Gokul (New Gokul) is called Nanda-Yashoda Bhavan.

• Gokul is located in the Gokul district of Uttar Pradesh.


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