By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Yasoda, YaZodA, Yashodaa
Yaśodā was the wife of Nanda, the chief of the cowherds of Gokula. When she gave birth to a girl, the child was exchanged with Kṛṣṇa, the eighth son of Devakī. Consequently, Kṛṣṇa spent his childhood and early boyhood days at Nanda’s house thereby giving Yaśodā the chance of his company and enjoying his childish pranks.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore