Devaki (देवकी)

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Devaki (Samskrit : देवकी) is the wife of Vasudeva and mother of Krishna.

Marriage

During Devaki's wedding to Vasudeva of Yadu race, there was a prophecy in Kansa's presence that her eighth son would kill Kansa. Bhagavata Purana details the birth of Krishna and his childhood deeds.

Imprisonment

Devaki and Vasudeva were imprisoned by her brother, Kamsa or Kansa, due to the prophecy during her wedding. Kansa then killed six of their sons. The seventh, Balarama, escaped death by being transferred to the womb of Vasudeva's other wife, Rohini, while a female child (an incarnation of the goddess Yoga-Nidra or Maya) was placed in Yashoda's womb. The eighth son, Krishna (who was actually an Avatar of Vishnu), was born at midnight and taken by Vasudeva across the Yamuna river to be raised by Nanda and Yasoda in the neighboring village of Gokul. In place of Krishna, Vasudeva took Yashoda's just born child (the incarnation of Yogmaya). After Vasudeva's return to Mathura with the baby girl (yog-maya), Kansa tried to destroy her. Then she flew out of his hands, turned into an eight-armed goddess and warned him: "fool, the agent of your death has already been born on this earth." Lord Krishna and Balarama returned to Mathura as adolescent boys and killed the despotic Kansa. Subsequently, Krishna freed his parents, and his grand-uncle Ugrasena (who had also been locked up).

Post Kansa's death

Vasudeva and Devaki moved to Dwaraka with the rest of Mathura's population.

Devaki temples

In the state of Goa, Devaki Krishna Sansthan temple is a unique temple,perhaps is the only temple in India where Lord Krishna is worshiped alongside mother Devaki. The main Deities Devakikrishna and affiliate deities of Bhumika Devi, Laxmi Ravalnath, Mallinath, Katyayani, Chodaneshwar and Dhada Shankar were originally located at Choodamani island (Chorao island of today).

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