Gopapati, Gopa-pati: 1 definition
Gopapati means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Gopapati (गोपपति) refers to the “lord of cowherds”, and is used to describe Viṣṇu, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.25. Accordingly as Rāma narrated to Satī:—“[...] after conferring thus unlimited prosperity on Viṣṇu, Śiva, the consort of Śivā, freely sported about at Kailāsa along with His attendants. Thenceforth lord of Lakṣmī assumed the guise of a cowherd. The lord of cowherds (gopa), cowherdesses (gopā) and the cows (go) wandered there with pleasure. [...]’”.
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
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