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As the newly married Vasudeva and Devaki prepared to start for home, conchshells, bugles and drums all vibrated in concert for their auspicious departure. But as Kamsa, controlling the reins of the horses, drove the chariot along the way, an unembodied voice addressed him, "You foolish rascal, the eighth child of the woman you are carrying will kill you!" Kamsa was a condemned personality in the Bhoja dynasty because he was envious and sinful. Therefore, upon hearing this omen from the sky, he caught hold of his cousin's hair with his left hand and took up his sword with his right hand to sever her head from her body.