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VASUDEVA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Son of Sura, or the Yadava branch of the Lunar race. He was father of Krishna , and Kunti, the mother of the Pandava princes, was his sister. He married seven daughters of Ahuka, and the youngest of them, Devaki, was the mother of Krishna. After the death of Krishna and Balarama he also dies, and four of his wives burnt themselves with his corpse. So says the Mahabharata, but according to the Vishnu Purana he and Devaki and Rohini burnt themselves at Dwaraka. He received the additional name of Anakadundubhi, because of the gods, conscious that he was to be the putative father of the divine Krishna , sounded the drums of heaven at his birth. He was also called Bhukasyapa and Dundu, 'drum.'

ANAKADUNDUBHI [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Drums.' A name of Vasudeva, who was so called because the drums of heaven resounded at his birth.  

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