Uddhava is the friend and counsellor of Krishna. He plays a significant role in the Bhagavata Purana, being taught the processes of yoga and bhakti directly by Krishna. The principle of these discussions is often referred to as the Uddhava Gita, similarly to the Bhagavad Gita wherein Krishna instructs Arjuna. According to some texts Uddhava was also Krishna’s cousin, being the son of Devabhaga, who was the brother of Vasudeva, Krishna’s father. His physical appearance was so like that of Krishna’s that in some instances he is temporarily mistaken for the latter.
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Vasudeva was the father of the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, Krishna. He was a Yadava king. He was the brother of Nanda Baba, who took care of Krishna during his early years as a child. His sister Kunti was married to Pandu. Kunti plays a big role later in the war Mahabharata.
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
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.
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.