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Meaning of "Vasudeva"

Word

Vasudeva

Sanskrit

वसुदेव

IAST

vasudeva

In General

Vasudeva was a Yadava king and the eldest son of King Surasena in his wife Marisa. Sri Krishna was born to Vasudeva and Devaki as their eighth son. His younger brother are Devabhaga, Devas, ravas, Anaka, Srnjaya, Kakanika, Syamaka, Vatsa, Kavuka and Vasu. Rohini was another wife of Vasudeva. She was sent to his friend Nandagopar to take care of her while he was put jail by Kamsa. Kunti (Prtha) was his sister.

Genealogy: Yadu - Sahasrajit - Satajit - Ekavira (Haihayas) - Dharma - Kani - Bhadrasena - Dhanaka – Krtavirya - Kartaviryaruna-Madhu - Vrsn i- Yudhajith – Shini – Satyaka - Satyaki (yuyudhana) – Jaya- Kani - Amrita- Prsni -Viduratha – Sura- Sini – Bhoja – Hridika –Sura- Vasudeva

Vasudeva and Devaki are considered as the rebirth of Kasyapa and Aditi to associate with Vishnu who incarnated in earth as Sri Krishna.

Purana

When Krishna was born to Devaki, the wife of Vasudeva in jail a devine voice was heard from nowhere and that instructed Vasudeva to exchange the child with that of Devaki’s child that was born miles away. Many things happened as a magic and Vasudeva did everything as told to him by the divine voice.

While During the marriage of Vasudeva and Devaki a divine voice from nowhere said that the eighth son of Devaki will kill Kamsa. Annoyed by this prophesy Kamsa at once entered the sean to kill Devaki. Vasudeva pacified her brother and his friend Kamsa telling that as soon as the children are born to Devaki, it will be given to Kamsa to decide its fate. As per the agreement Vasudeva made to Kamsa the first child, Kirtinan was duly handed over to Kamsa. But, Kamsa returned the child to its parents as, according to the celestial voice the first-born child was not to be his enemy. Vasudeva and Devaki were happy and they brought it up. Again six more sons were born to the couple. Once Kamsa happen to meet Narada whom he enquired about the celestial voice he had; Narada told to him that Lord is going to take birth as son of Devaki and would finish all the cruel kings on the world. Kamsa again become apprehensive about his death by the hand of Devaki’s son. He snatched power from his father Ugrasena and put him in jail. He don’t want to take any chance so he killed all other seven children of Devaki by dashing its head against a rock and chained Vasudeva and Devaki and put them in jail.

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