Nanda and Yashoda pushing baby Krishna on a swing
|Children||Krishna and Balrama (adopted) , Yogamaya (biological)|
Nand (also known as Nanda Gopa or Nanda Baba), according to the Harivamsha and the Puranas, was the head of the Gopas, a tribe of cowherds referred as Holy Gwals. He is popularly known as the foster-father of Krishna.
Nanda was the Chief or Mandaladhish of Gokul Mandal that was one of the most powerful branches of Yadavas. Nanda was brother (cousin) of King Vasudeva.Vasudeva, took his new-born son Krishna to Nanda on the night of the child's birth so that Nanda could raise him. Nanda, who was married to Yasoda, brought up both Krishna and Balarama. Krishna derives his name Nandanandana (meaning son of Nanda) from him.
|Yadava Dynasty (After 74 generations)|
|Vrishni (Yadava King)|
|Arya (Gopika)||Devamida (Yadava King)||Kshatriya (Princess)|
|Parjanya (Gokul King)||Vareeyasi (Gopika)||Surasena (Yadava King)||Marisha (Princess)|
|Nanda Baba (Gokul King)||Yasoda (Gopika)||Vasudeva (Yadava Prince)||Devaki (Kamsa's Cousin Sister)|
|Yogmaya in the disguise of a child born to Yasoda||Krishna|
Nandagopa was the father of the baby girl yogamaya which is an incarnation of goddess durga to save krishna from getting killed in the hands of kamsa he was also the adopted father of Lord Sri Krishna. He took care of his sister Rohini's son Balrama. Nanda, also identified as King Nanda in many scriptures was a kinsman and great friend of King Vasudeva. The fact that King Nanda and King Vasudeva were brothers is confirmed both by Bhagavat Purana, Book 10, and Mahabharata.
King Vasudeva married Devaki, the niece of King Ugrasena of Mathura. Devaki's cousin, an evil tyrant named Kamsa, had imprisoned Ugrasena and usurped the throne. Owing to the divine prediction that Kamsa would be slain by the eighth child of devaki, Kamsa arranged that all of Devaki's sons should die at birth. Six children thus perished. But the seventh child was magically transferred in to the womb of Rohini,Vasudeva's another wife living under care of King Nanda, and the child so born was Balrama, Krishna's elder brother. Krishna himself was placed by Vasudeva into the hands of Nanda. Both Krishna and Balrama were brought up by Nanda, the cowherd chief and his wife Yashoda.
The residence of Nanda, known as Nanda Bhawan, where Krishna grew up and spent first three years of his childhood is main and most famous temple in Mahavan. This yellow coloured building having lots of wall paintings depicting pastimes of Krishna has 84 pillars inside. It is believed that there are 84,00,000 species in this material world and each pillar is said to symbolise 100,000 species, thus representing all the life in the universe.
Nanda Ghata is situated on the bank of sacred river Yamuna. The Ghata (River bank) is related to the rescue of Nanda Baba's abduction by the followers of God Baruna, while Nanda was taking bath in holy river Yamuna.