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Compound of गो (, cow, cattle, kine) + पाल (pāla, protector, guard).


गोपाल (gó-pālám

  1. cowherd
  2. "earth-protector", a king (and "cowherd")
  3. (= गोपति (gó-pati)) Krishna
  4. Shiva
  5. name of a demon causing fever
  6. name of Nāga
  7. name of a minister of king बिम्बिसार (bimbi-sāra)
  8. name of a king
  9. name of a general of king कीर्तिवर्मन् (kīrti-varman)
  10. name of a scholar
  11. =गोपालक (gó-pālaka)
  12. (in the plural) the inhabitants of that country


Masculine a-stem declension of गोपाल
Nom. sg. गोपालः (gopālaḥ)
Gen. sg. गोपालस्य (gopālasya)
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative गोपालः (gopālaḥ) गोपालौ (gopālau) गोपालाः (gopālāḥ)
Vocative गोपाल (gopāla) गोपालौ (gopālau) गोपालाः (gopālāḥ)
Accusative गोपालम् (gopālam) गोपालौ (gopālau) गोपालान् (gopālān)
Instrumental गोपालेन (gopālena) गोपालाभ्याम् (gopālābhyām) गोपालैः (gopālaiḥ)
Dative गोपालाय (gopālāya) गोपालाभ्याम् (gopālābhyām) गोपालेभ्यः (gopālebhyaḥ)
Ablative गोपालात् (gopālāt) गोपालाभ्याम् (gopālābhyām) गोपालेभ्यः (gopālebhyaḥ)
Genitive गोपालस्य (gopālasya) गोपालयोः (gopālayoḥ) गोपालानाम् (gopālānām)
Locative गोपाले (gopāle) गोपालयोः (gopālayoḥ) गोपालेषु (gopāleṣu)



  • Sir Monier Monier-Williams (1898) A Sanskrit-English dictionary etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages, Oxford: Clarendon Press, page 0365