Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh

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Nandgaon
city
Nandgaon is located in Uttar Pradesh
Nandgaon
Nandgaon
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India
Nandgaon is located in India
Nandgaon
Nandgaon
Nandgaon (India)
Coordinates: 27°43′N 77°23′E / 27.72°N 77.38°E / 27.72; 77.38Coordinates: 27°43′N 77°23′E / 27.72°N 77.38°E / 27.72; 77.38
Country India
StateUttar Pradesh
DistrictMathura
Elevation184 m (604 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total9,956
Languages
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationUP 85
Websiteup.gov.in

Nandgaon is a town and a nagar panchayat in Mathura district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is popularly known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna.The Supreme God.

Geography[edit]

Nandgaon is located at 27°43′N 77°23′E / 27.72°N 77.38°E / 27.72; 77.38,[1] and has an average elevation of 184 metres (603 feet). Within Nandgaon lies the ancient water body Paawan Sarovar. The ancient site has been restored by the Braj Foundation.

Culture[edit]

According to Hindu texts, Nandgaon was the home of Lord Krishna where he resided for nine years and 50 days along with his Foster father Nanda Baba and mother Yashoda. Nanda Baba, the village chieftain, built the house atop a large hill to protect Lord Krishna from demons sent by King Kamsa. Nanda Maharaja and other gwalas decided to move here from Gokula because of the turbulence caused by demons that were trying to kill Krishna.

The hill on which the main temple is located is called the Nandisvara Hill. Lord Shiva had prayed to Krishna to be allowed to witness his transcendental pastimes. After Lord Shiva performed penances for many centuries, Lord Krishna asked him his wish. Lord Shiva told him that he wished to be a mountain at Nandgaon, so that the Gopis would step on him, leaving the dust of their feet on him. Krishna granted him this boon and Lord Shiva became the Nandisvara Hill, on which Nandgaon is situated. Nandgaon is a major religious and tourist destination owing to its association with Lord Krishna. Every year thousands flock to the town during Holi.

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2001 Census of India,[2] Nandgaon had a population of 9956. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Nandgaon has an average literacy rate of 45%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 59%, and female literacy is 29%. In Nandgaon, 19% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Getting there[edit]

Nandagram is 48 km (29 mi) northwest of Vrindavana. The easiest way to get there is to take a taxi, which takes about an hour. To get there by public transportation from Vrindavana take a public bus to the town of Kosi (40 km/24 mi). From there take a tempo to Nandgaon, which is 8km away. The Braja Darsana bus comes here after stopping in Varsana. The bus departs at 8 a.m. from the Vrindavana bus stand and also stops near the front of the ISKCON temple.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Nandgaon
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.

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