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When we talk about Lord Krishna and his wife, the first question that hits our mind is- how many wives did he actually have? Some say he had 16008 wives and consorts while others believe that he had only 8 queens (i.e. legally wedded wives). Now here is the truth, both the numbers are right and that can be explained with this beautiful story.   know about Krishna’s wives…   1 of 9 The true form of 8 wives of Krishna Lord Krishna married 8 women during his lifetime. The number of Krishna's wives coincides with 8 forms of Laxmi. We already know that Krishna was an avatar of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi is Vishnu's wife. So Vishnu, even in this amorous avatar of Krishna remained faithful and monogamous (technically) as he married the 8 forms of Laxmi in the incarnation of 8 women. However, everytime in dramatic circumstances. Let’s check out what.

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Lord Krishna and his wife

2 of 9 Rukmini:- The story of Rukmini and Krishna is one of secret passion. She was his favourite wife. Rukmini pleaded with Krishna to elope with her and marry her. Rukmini was supposed to be given in marriage to Shishupala by her family (click here for detailed story) but she worshipped Krishna and chose him instead.

3 of 9 Satyabhama:- The feisty daughter of King Satrajit was second in eminence only to Rukmini. She was a brave woman skilled in warfare, but also infamous for her fiery temper. She was the only one who could stand up to Krishna's wit.

4 of 8 Jambavati:-The daughter of the bear king Jambavan was given in marriage to Krishna. She had been a devoted follower of Rama (Vishnu's avatar before Krishna was born) and thus gained the position of his wife in this birth.

5 of 9 Kalindi:- The sun-born Goddess of river Yamuna would have no one but Vishnu as her husband. Her deep penance was rewarded as Krishna took her as his 4th wife.

6 of 9 Mitravrinda & Nagnajiti:- They were princess of Avantipur and Kosala respectively, who chose Krishna as their husband in a swayamvar.

7 of 9 Bhadra:- She was Krishna's cousin (aunt's sister), but inspite of a blood relation, she choose him as her husband.

8 of 9 Lakshana:-as the Princess of ancient Madras and she was destined to marry Krishna. Both Arjuna and Duryodhana were invited to her swayamvar but they purposely failed the test (shooting an arrow) out of respect for Krishna. And thus, Krishna performed the task and accepted his destined 8th wife. Krishna and his wives have been a symbol of conjugal domestic bliss. Krishna's wives were the 8 forms of Lakshmi and represented every aspect of a perfect wife.

Click on to know who were the 1600 other wives of Lord Krishna and why he married them...

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The other 16000 wives of Krishna:

The evil king Narkasura had kidnapped 16000 princesses and held them captive in his harem. When Krishna waged war on the demon and defeated him, he freed the captive princesses. Now these women were in disgrace because they had lived with the demon king and no man (not even their fathers) would accept them back. So, Krishna gave these 16000 women the status of his wives although he never married them. This martial status was to give them respectability in society and a shelter.

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