Kansa, the ruler of Mathura had decided to kill his sister Devaki’s son Krishna as soon as he was born. In order to protect Krishna from Kansa, Krishna and Yoganidra or Yogamaya were born at the same time from the wombs of Devaki and Yashoda respectively and were exchanged by Vasudeva. Krishna survived as foster son of Yashoda. While Kansa tried to kill Yogamaya, Yashoda’s daughter, she assumes her real form as Devi and flown to sky. She then retired to dwell in Vindhya hills as Vindhyavasini Devi
All posts in Stories of Devaki in Mahabharata
Bhurishravas was a prince of a minor kingdom in the kingdom of Bahlika and played a role in the Mahabharata epic. Bhurishrava was the grandson of king Balhika, who was the elder brother of Shantanu the king of Hastinapur. Bhurishravas’ father, Somadatta, once clashed with another prince called Sini. When Devaki, the mother of Lord Krishna was still unwed, many princes competed for her hand in marriage including Somadatta and Sini who fought a great battle over her. Sini, fighting on behalf of Vasudeva won the battle. This incident launched a hatred between the Sini and Somadatta families leading to a generational rivalry.
After the passing of Vasudeva after the Yadu massacre, Devaki cremates herself on Vasudeva’s pyre along with his other wives Rohini, Bhadra and Madira.
Devaki and Vasudeva were imprisoned by Kansa due to a delusion caused by Narada in Kansa’s mind. Her six children were killed, while the seventh Balarama appeared as a miscarriage and transferred to Rohini’s womb. Devaki’s six dead sons were named Kírttimat, Sushena, Udayin, Bhadrasena, Rijudasa, and Bhadradeha. Devaki soon gave birth to Krishna and the baby was switched with Yashoda’s daughter Ekanamsha by Vasudeva. She protests against the killing of an innocent girl but Kansa hurls her on a rock. The girl transforms into an eight-armed goddess says “Fool your destroyer has already been born elsewhere.” And vanishes into the heavens. Devaki and Vasudeva’s imprisonment came to an end after Kansa’s death.
During Devaki’s Swayamvara, a war broke out between Sini and Somadatta, that led to a generation of a feud between the two clans. Sini abducted Devaki for his friend Vasudeva. Devaki’s sisters were also married to Vasudeva. After the marriage ceremony, Kansa volunteered to escort the newly-weds to Mathura and drove their chariot. A celestial voice proclaims that “The eighth child of this damsel that you are ferrying shall become your death!” Angered, Kansa rises to kill Devaki but is stopped by Vasudeva who promises to deliver each child to Kansa.