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Devakee was the daughter of Devak, Mahaaraaj Ugrasen's brother. Ugrasen was the King of Mathuraa. He had 7 sons including Kans. Kans loved Devakee very much. He loved his friend Vasudev also. Vasudev always used to speak truth. To strengthen relationship with Vasudev, Kans married her to Vasudev. He loved her so much that when she was going to her husband's house after marriage, he told that he would drive her chariot to drop her there.
When he was taking her to her in-law's house, an Aakaashvaanee (Divine voice) said - "O Fool, To whoever sister you are taking, her eighth son will kill you." He knew that Aakaashvaanee do not tell lies, so immediately stopped the chariot, and stood up taking out his sword to kill Devakee, so that she does not live to produce children, be it first or eighth. Vasudev Jee explained him very cleverly that first of all Devakee was a woman and brave people do not kill women, second she was his sister, third she was newly married, and lastly whenever any child will be born to her he will give him to him. So there was no need to kill her now, but he could keep vigil over them.
Kans understood and he kept them in a prison. According to the promise Vasudev gave him his 6 sons and he killed them by hitting them on a stone. When the turn came of the 7th son, Bhagavaan transferred him to Rohinee's womb and as a result Balaraam was born to her. Then came Shree Krishn - the eighth son of Devakee, the incarnation of Vishnu and killer of Kans. Krishn showed them His Chaturbhuj Roop and asked them to transfer Him to Nand Graam to Nand and Yashodaa's house and to bring their newborn daughter and give her to Kans. According to His instructions Vasudev transferred Him to Nand Graam, brought Yashodaa's daughter to Mathuraa, and gave her to Kans. Although Kans did not believe that Devakee's eighth child could be a daughter, still he did not want to leave any stone unturned so he hit her on the stone like Devakee's other sons. But as he hit her, she flew in the sky and spoke - "What will you get by killing me, your killer has already been born."
Krishn killed Kans when he was about 14 years old.
This blog site gives their names like this - Keertimaan, Bhadrasen, Rijju, Samarth, Sameeshaa, and Aheeshwar.
According to some other source - These six sons were the sons of Kaalnemi and they were the devotee of Vishnu because of Prahlaad's teachings, that is why Hiranyakashyap cursed them that - "You will be killed by your own father only." Since the same Kaalnemi incarnated as Kans, and those six sons were born as Devakee's sons, they were killed by their father (Kans) only.
Why Krishn Was Born to Devakee?
First time I was born from Prishni's womb as Prishnigarbh; then I was born as Vaaman; and the third time I am coming now. You cannot recognize my Avataar Roop by my human being form. Now I tell you the path of Mukti (Moksh). If you meditate on me in my Bhagvaan form leaving the Putra Moh (love of son), then oyu will attain Mukti in this life only." But Devakee did not want Mukti, she had only the feelings of motherhood, so she asked Bhagvaan only for the feelings of motherhood and the relationship of mother and son. Bhagvaan said - "So be it." and said - "Because of the effect of my Maayaa, you will not remember all this and you will feel the affection and pains of motherhood."
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 04/13/13