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Gopāla, aka: Gopala; 4 Definition(s)


Gopāla means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Gopāla can be transliterated into English as Gopala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


1a) Gopāla (गोपाल).—A name of Kṛṣṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 33. 8; Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 20. 49.

1b) (Gopas)—Ābhiras and Dasyus;1 chief weapons of, staves and cudgels.2

  • 1) Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 38, 24 and 49.
  • 2) Ib. 38. 50-5.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

about this context:

The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Gopāla (गोपाल).—A name of Kṛṣṇa as a young boy; the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa, who protects the cows.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Gopāla (गोपाल): Name of Krishna indicating his origin as a god of flocks and herds.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism


gopāla : (m.) a cowherd.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

about this context:

Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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