It is a millennial practice among the ‘wannabe’ Hindus to laugh and crack jokes on the number of wives Bhagwan Krishna had. I am shocked to think that Indians have been swallowing these gossips for hundreds, not thousands, of years, and no one has protested that no, Bhagwan Krishna’s character cannot be like that.
How many of you know the real history behind it ? Ever tried to dig deep in our Shastras?
Krishna had 8 wives, whom he married. Being a king in Dwapara Yuga, polygamy was a common practice..more so for a king. The 8 wives he married were – Rukmini, Jambavati, Satyabhama, Kalindi, Nagnajiti,, Bhadra, Mitravinda and Lakshmana.
There was a demon by the name of Narakasura. He had captured 16,100 beautiful unmarried girls in his area and kept them as sex slaves. When Shri Krishna slayed Narakasura, he freed these 16100 sex slaves of Narakasura.
According to the social norms of the time, captive women had no respect in society and there was no way for them to get married as they were already under Narkasur. So after freeing them, all the girls requested Shri Krishna to marry them as the society would never accept them.
To restore their honour and give them the status of queen, Shri Krishna married them. That is how he came to have 16,108 wives. Can any man be more noble than this ?
Now, coming to the story of Shri Krishna’s Raasleela, the Bhagwat states that Shri Krishna left for Mathura at the age of 10, never again to return Vrindavan.
All the stories of his Raasleela are from Vrindavan. This clearly states that his raas leela was when Shri Krishna was 8-9 years old. Now, is a mischief by an 8 year old boy eve-teasing ??
It was Shri Krishna who came to rescue Draupadi when she was being humilated. The five Pandavas, Bhishma, Drona, Kripacharya, everyone remained silent… It was Krishna who saved her honor.
Dear Hindus, that is why learning Shastras are important. Know your history. Know your real story. Don’t mock yourself without any knowledge. The way our Gods and Goddesses have been portrayed falsely is only because you never cared to know the truth.