It is the universal truth that Devaki and Vasudev are the biological parents of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu born at the end of Dwaparyuga. But history fondly recalls Nanadababa and Yashoda Maiya as is parents.
The childhood of Lord Krishna has been glorified. From his journey to Vrindavan from Mathura, his childhood antics- stealing of Maakhan, herding cows, mesmerizing everybody with his flute or be it killing of the demons-Pootana, taming the Naga or lifting Govardhan Parvat on his little finger, or showing his mother the entire universe in his mouth, all have been associated with Brindavan and his parents Yashoda and Nanadababa.
But why were Devaki and Vasudev, the real parents kept away from this Baal Leela?
According to legends, In the millennium of Svāyambhuva Manu, Vasudeva was living as one of the Prajāpatis, and his name at that time was Sutapā, and his wife Devaki was named Pṛśni. At that time, when Lord Brahmā was desiring to increase the population, he requested them to generate offspring. They controlled their senses and performed severe austerities for 12,000 years, executing devotional service and always thinking of the Lord. Vishnu was very much pleased with them and thus appeared before them in divine form just to fulfill their desire, and asked for a boon from them. At that time they wished to have the Lord born as their son.
In due course of time, Pṛśni became pregnant and gave birth to the child named Pṛśnigarbha. In the next millennium also they took birth as Aditi and Kaśyapa, and the Lord became their child of the name Upendra as a dwarf, and for this reason was known as Vāmanadeva.
And finally for the third time born as Kṛiṣhṇa from, Devakī and Vasudeva originally in divine form to convince them that it was the same Supreme Personality of Godhead again taken birth.
Another reason for this was explained by Śukadeva Gosvāmī to Mahārāja Parīkṣit.
When the best of the Vasus- Droṇa along with his wife Dharā were ordered to increase progeny by Lord Brahmā, they asked him for his benediction.Such was their benediction that Droṇa and Dharā when they would take birth again within the universe, the Supreme Lord Kṛiṣhṇa in His most attractive feature of childhood would absorb their whole attention.
Their dealings with Kṛiṣhṇa would be so powerful that simply by hearing of Kṛishṇa’s childhood activities with them, anyone could very easily cross over the nescience of birth and death.” Lord Brahmā agreed to give them the benediction, and as a result, the same Droṇa appeared as Nanda Mahārāja in Vṛindāvana, and the same Dharā appeared as mother Yaśodā, the wife of Nanda Mahārāja.
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