|Description Stories of
Krishna's childhood, form the basis of several of India's art forms which constitute the
subcontinent's cultural backbone.
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
There are several temples here, with images of Nandagopa, Yasodha, Balarama and
Krishna. (Also see Mathura)