Nanda (mythology)
Nanda and Yashoda pushing baby Krishna on a swing.

Nanda (Sanskrit: नंद) or Nandagopa, according to the Harivamsha and the Puranas, was the head of the gopas (a tribe of cowherds referred as Holy Gwals).It is said that Nand Baba owned 9 lakhs of cows [1]. Nandvanshis or Ahirs [2][3][4] are descendants of Nand. The night of Krishna's appearance or birth, Vasudeva (Krishna's father) brought Krishna to Nanda for Krishna's childhood years. Nanda brought up both Krishna and Balarama. Nanda was married to Yasoda. Krishna derives his name Nandanandana (meaning son of Nanda) from him. According to the Bhagwat Purana Nand Baba was a Vaisya by caste.[5][6]

Nandvanshi Ahirs are found in Central Doab,[7][8] West of Yamuna.Claims origin from Mathura.[9] Central or Middle Doab consists of Etah, Aligarh, Mainpuri, Etawah, Kanpur, Hathras , Farrukhabad, Firozabad, Mathura and Agra.[10]

See also

  • Ahirs
  • Ahir clans


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  5. ^ Various census of India, p. 35
  6. ^ Various census of India. 1867. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Christ Versus Krishna By L. A. Sakes, p. 30
  8. ^ L. A. Sakes (31 May 2006). Christ Versus Krishna. Lightning Source Inc. pp. 26–. ISBN 9781406702316. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Oudh; William Charles Benett (1877). Gazetteer of the Province of Oudh...: N-Z. Printed at the Oudh government press. pp. 207–. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Dictionary – Definition of doab. (2008-06-20). Retrieved on 2011-01-03.

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