Lord Subrahmanya was staying at Kanda Verpu, the two daughters of Lord Mahavishnu,
Amritavalli and Sundaravalli, who cherished the desire of becoming the consorts of
Subrahmanya, went to Sanavana Poigai and commenced austere penance to fulfil their desires
Pleased with their prayer and worship, Lord Subrah- manya appeared before them and told
Amritavalli: "You will be brought up by Indra as his daughter and I shall marry you
in due course.
" Her younger sister Sundaravalli was
also graced with a similar blessing. She was born to Sage Sivamuni and brought up by
Nambi, the head-man of hunters.Amritavalli took the form of a female child and went to
Mount Meru the abode of Indra, and told him: "I am the daughter of Mahavishnu and the
responsibility of looking after me has been entrusted to you.' On hearing this, Indra
became very happy and directed Airavatam, his white elephant, to take care of the child.
The elephant with all love brought her up and
affection and she attained the age of marriage in course of time. Hence she came to be
known as Devayanai, one who was brought up by the heavenly elephant of Indra (Yanai means
elephant). The marriage took place at Tirupparankunram, after the victory of Subrahmanya