Literally, Sanskrit for "Cowboy"/GOPAL, Child form of KRISNA, the Cowherd Boy who enchanted the Cowherd Maidens with the sound of his flute, attracting even Madan, Cupid. Historically one of the earliest forms of worship in Krishnaism
. It is believed to be a key element of the early history of the worship of Krishna
. This tradition is considered separately to other traditions that led to amalgamation at a later stage of historical development. Other traditions are Bhagavatism
and Cult of Bala Krishna
, that along with Cult of Krishna-Vasudeva
form the basis of current tradition of monotheistic religion of Krishna
Hein, Norvin A Revolution in Kṛṣṇaism: The Cult of Gopāla: History of Religions, Vol. 25, No. 4 (May, 1986 ), pp. 296-317
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