By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Devapi, DevApi, Devaapi
Devāpi, Elder brother of King Śantanu
Though Devāpi succeeded his father to the kingdom, he was forced to be abdicated by the people in favor of Śantanu, since he became afflicted with leprosy. Devāpi then took sanyāsa (monastic orders) and started living independently.
During Śantanu’s rule, the country faced a severe famine. Then Śantanu went to Devāpi and offered his apology. He requested for his blessings. Soon afterwards, there were heavy rains and people were saved from the calamity of starvation.
Devāpi, a Kṣattriya
Devāpi as a king of the Cedi country fought on behalf of the Pāṇdavas in the Kurukṣetra war. He was killed by Karṇa.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore