When Krishna Returned Vrindavan Srila Narahari Chakravarti ThaKura After seeing off the Vraja-vāsīs from Kurukshetra, Krishna felt great eagerness to return to Vrindavan. He went to Dwaraka to kill Shishupala and then went to Mathura on the pretext of killing Dantavakra. After those duties were completed, Krishna crossed the Yamuna River and quickly went to meet Nanda Maharaja and the others. On seeing Krishna, the cowherds ran forward shouting, ‘Welcome! Welcome!’ Krishna returned to His family house in Vraja and enjoyed association with the gopis and gopas as He always had before. Because the villagers shouted, ‘Āyore! Āyore!’ [Welcome!, Welcome!], the village is now known as Ayore.”
There is another village called Gauravai and Sri Raghava also told the story of that village. He explained: “There was a large village called Shana wherein lived a distinguished Zamindara [landowner] who had a good friendship with Sri Nanda Maharaja. When Nanda returned from Kurukshetra, the Zamindara welcomed him in great joy. There was no limit to the honour, or gaurav, given by that landowner to Nanda as he arranged his stay. Therefore this village was named Gauravai, but presently it is known as Gaurai. It is nearby the villages of Śhana and Ayore.”
In Gopāla-campu the story is told in this way: “Coming from Syamanta-pancaka in Kurukshetra, Vrajeshvara Sri Nanda and the cowherd men were returning to their houses in Gokula. When they arrived in Mathurā, they felt no desire to return to their homes. They crossed the Yamuna and came to this famous place named Gaurai some distance from Gokula. That place, called ‘Gokulapati’ in Sanskrit, is traditionally known as Gaurava, however the local people called it Gaurai. Just as the abode of Purushottama has become famous by the name Purushottama, so also the place of Gokulapati was named Gokulapati.”
“All these villages where Krishna performed His transcendental pastimes are seen in ecstatic trance by those people who are most fortunate.”
— Bhakti-ratnākara -Śrīla Narahari Cakravartī Ṭhākur Published by Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi dāsa.