Gokula is where Krishna lived until he was seven years old. The pastimes of Damodar, the stealing of butter, and other childhood pastimes took place here. There are small temples on the side of the hill that mark the places where Krishna killed the demons Putana, Trinavarta, and Sakatasura. The architect Visvakarma built the House of Nanda Maharaja over 5,000 years ago. It is on a hill and has 84 pillars.

Utkhal (“grinding mortar”) is where Krishna was tied to the grinding mortar by mother Yasoda. It is in a small hut, a km from the town of Mahavan. Nanda Maharaja’s well is across the road from here.

A few km south, at Brahmanda Ghat, on the bank of the Yamuna River, is where Krishna ate dirt. When forced by mother Yasoda to open his mouth, he revealed to her the entire universe.