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.

When Arjuna went to Manipur with the horse intended for the Aswamedha, Babruvahana captures the horse which means war the pandavas. Arjuna tries to persuade Babruvahana to leave the horse as there was no enmity between Manipur and Pandavas. Babruvanahana agrees with Arjuna and informs he wishes to defeat Arjuna for his Guru Dakshina. Arjuna, reluctant to fight a young boy, leaves and informs a small troop of his army to convince Babruvahana to give the horse back. Babruvahana defeats the army. He also defeats Bhimsena, Arjuna’s elder brother, and kills Karna’s only surviving son Vrishtaketu. Arjuna takes an oath to kill him or immolate himself if he is defeated by Babruvahana, to avenge Vrishtaketu’s death. Arjuna loved Vrishtaketu more than he loved his own son. King Babhruvahana (who is an avatar of Prabhasa) kills his father Arjuna with an arrow, a Boon given to him from Ganga, Bhisma’s mother. Repenting of his deed after knowing Arjuna’s identity, he determined to kill himself, but he obtained from his stepmother, the Naga princess Uloopi, a gem called Nagmani which restored Arjuna to life with the help of Krishna. Arjuna repents he won’t be able to be able to live even when revived by Krishna, thinking Vrishtaketu, his elder brother Karna’s son got killed because he sent Vrishtaketu to fight with Babruvahana. Krishna’s informs that he will restore Vrishtaketu’s life. After Vrishtaketu is revived by Krishna, Babruvahana asks Vrishtaketu to forgive him (which he does). Vrishtaketu applaudes Babruvahana of being an amazing warrior. Everyone return to Hastinapura including Vrishtaketu, Chitrangada, Babruvana and Ulupi.

Babruvahana or Babhruvahana is a character in the Mahabharata. He is one of the sons of Arjuna, begotten through Chitrangada. Arjuna leaves Chitrangada due to a treacherous plot by Arjun’s wife Ulupi from the Naga Clan. Ulupi was envious of Arjuna’s marriage to Chitrangada. Arjuna leaves Chitrangada after questioning her chastity when Babruvahana was in her womb. Babruvahana was adopted as the son of his maternal grandfather and as his successor. Once he came to know Arjuna was his father, and when he came to see his father, Arjuna did not recognise him and said he was a wanderer.

Bambang Sumitra is one of the sons of Arjuna from his marriage with Princess Larasati. Bambang Sumitra has 13 other siblings from different mothers. His wife is Princess Asmarawati, daughter of King Suryasmara from Argakencana Empire. His marriage with Princess Asmarawati did not have enough attention from Arjuna. Hence, Semar took over his wedding ceremony.

The marriage of Satyabhama and Jambavati to Krishna is closely linked to the story of Syamantaka, the precious diamond given by the Sun-god Surya to his devotee Satyajit, father of Satyabhama. Krishna requests Satyajit to present the gem to the Yadava elder Ugrasena, which the latter refuses and instead presents it to his brother Prasena. Prasena wears it on a hunting expedition, where he is killed by a lion, who is in turn killed by Jambavan, the bear-king. When accused by Satyajit of stealing the jewel, Krishna goes in its search and finally following trials of the corpses of Prasena and the lion, confronts Jambavan. After 27/28 day duel, Jambavan – the devotee of Rama surrenders to Krishna, who he realizes is none other than Vishnu. He returns the gem and gives Jambavati to Krishna. When the presumed dead Krishna returns to Dwarka, a humiliated Satyajit begs his forgiveness and offers Satyabhama’s hand in marriage along with the jewel.

Among the queens, Satyabhama was most feisty, aggressive, highly temperamental and argumentative. She always used to offer an argument, which Krishna would enjoy. Not only was Satyabhama a very courageous and strong-willed woman, she was also skillful in archery. She even accompanied Krishna to kill the demon Narakasura. While Krishna kills the demon in Krishna-oriented scriptures, Satyabhama, the manifestation of Bhudevi – the mother of Narakasura, kills the demon to fulfil a curse that he will be killed by his mother in Goddess-centric texts. At Satyabhama’s behest, Krishna also defeats Indra, the king of heaven and the gods and gets the celestial parijat tree for her.

Indian folktales often tell stories of Krishna’s competing wives, especially Rukmini and Satyabhama. A tale narrates how once Satyabhama, proud of her wealth, donated Krishna to the divine sage Narada and pledged to take him back by donating wealth to him as much as Krishna’s weight. Krishna sat on one pan of a weighing scale and Satyabhama filled the other pan with all of the wealth, inherited from her father, but it could not equal Krishna’s weight. The other wives, except Rukmini, followed suit but Krishna’s pan did not leave the ground. The wives requested Satyabhama to approach Rukmini. A helpless Satyabhama asked her foremost rival, Rukmini, for help. Rukmini, who was kidnapped by Krishna, had no wealth of her own. She chanted a prayer and put the holy tulsi leaf in the other pan, as the symbol of her love; removing the wealth of Satyabhama and the other queens from the pan. Krishna’s pan was suddenly lifted into the air and the other pan touched the earth, even though only a tulsi leaf in it.

When Krishna had chest pain, he told Sataybhama about it and she offered him juice, tulsi water or milk as cure. But he wanted the dust of feet of his queens as the right treatment for his sickness. The queens were shocked and Narada who was present on this occasion was also surprised by Krishna’s strange request. Narada then told Krishna that nobody would give the Lord of the Universe the dust of their feet. Then Krishna sent Narada to Gokula to talk to Radha and the gopis who were ardent devotees. When Narada went there, the gopis – who were anxious to know from Narada about their lord’s health – were informed of Krishna’s request for the dust of their feet. The love of Radha and the gopis for Krishna was so intense that without second thoughts, they gave the dust of their feet to be given to Krishna for curing his problem. Krishna took this and got cured.

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