Here is my forty fifth entry for BettyLouise’s, IdahoBlueBird50 Mysteries Blog, Animal of the Day (AOTD) challenge. Here is the link to BettyLouise’s blog https://idahobluebird50.com/2019/10/31/aotd-deer-october-31-2019/
Devasena is a Hindu goddess and the first wife of the god Kartikeya. She is known as Devayanai, Deivanai or Deivayanai, Devakunjari, Devayani, Jayanthi (Sister of Jayanth) in south-Indian texts. Her name is also spelled as Teyvanai or Tevayanai (Teyvāṉai).She is a form of Vishnu’s daughter Amritavalli.
Devasena is often described as the daughter of Indra, the king of the devas. She is betrothed to Kartikeya by Indra, when he becomes the commander-in-chief of the gods. In south-Indian accounts, Devasena is generally depicted as an antithesis of Valli, her co-wife; together they complete the god. Devasena is generally depicted with Kartikeya and often is also accompanied by Valli.
Devasena does not enjoy independent worship, but is worshipped as Kartikeya’s consort in most of his temples. She plays a greater role in the Tirupparankunram Murugan Temple, believed to be the site of her marriage.
The Sanskrit name of the goddess Devasena means “army of the gods” and thus, her husband is known as Devasenapati (“Lord of Devasena”). The epithet Devasenapati is a pun which also conveys his role as commander-in-chief of the gods.
She is called Deivanai or Deivayanai (Tamil, literally meaning “celestial elephant”), as she was raised by Indra’s divine elephant Airavata. Her two Vahana’s are Airavata and the peacock Vahana of her husband.