In Gujrat, there is the Dwarkadhish temple and adjacent to it there is a lake. Its soil turned into yellow clay that is famous as ‘Gopi Chandan’. Many Devotees use Gopi Chandan to put a mark (Tiak) on their forehead and some of them even eat it as they consider it auspicious.
There is interesting mythological story behind it:
Krishna had to bow down against the stubbornness of the Gopis and danced with them. After hours of wonderful dancing Krishna asked Gopis to swim in a nearby lake to relieve their fatigue.
Gopis knew that they had to put away from Krishna after swimming, that they never wanted. All of them decided to end their lives where Krishna would not be with them. It is believed that Gopis were merged with their beloved and the clay of the lake turned yellow.
Now, there are questions which usually devotees don’t ask and practice of giving and eating clay is going for generations over generations.
The questions are as follows that how they are sure that the particular incident turned the color of the clay yellow. The next question is that whether the clay which is given from the same auspicious spot where the incident had occurred or from somewhere else.