Swami Gopal Das

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Swami Gopal Das () (1822–1936) was a social worker, educationist, environmentalist and freedom fighter from Churu in Rajasthan state in India.

Childhood

He was born in 1822 in village Bhainrusar situated at a distance of 22 km in north of Churu town in Rajasthan in the family of Chaudhari Binja Ram Kaswan and Smt Nauji Devi. He lost his father in childhood. There was no source of livelihood for her so his mother Nauja Devi came to Churu with Gopal and started his care by doing some labour work.

Came to Churu

Mahant Mukund Das of 'Chhote temple' in Churu provided some support to her mother. Nauja Devi handed over child Gopal to Mahant Mukund Das, who was impressed by the intelligence of the child and sent him to a school run by Pandit Kanhaya Lal Dhandh. Sharp and intelligent, Gopal Das learned the lesson of humanity from a guru and obtained knowledge of Ayurvedic treatment. Looking to talents of Gopal, Mahant Mukund Das declared him his disciple. After death of Mahant Mukund Das, the 19-year Gopal was made the mahanta of Nimbarka sampradaya in his place and became Swami Gopal Das. The personality of Swami Gopal Das was very impressive. He was tall, handsome with well built physique and broad headed wearing khadi dhoti-kurta and turban.

Committed to the welfare of cows

He was all his life committed to the welfare of cow as he considered cow to be an essential part of Indian life and culture. Cows used to suffer greatly during the famine years when Gopal Das...
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