Saturday, 23 December 2017

Ashtabharya: The Main Wives of Lord Krishna & Their Stories

Krishna!! The name itself vanishes half of our sins. People from ages are trapped by the law of karma and found difficult to get out of the life cycle. To all the mankind, Lord Krishna gaves the Bhagavat Gita to free from all the karma which we are facing from our previous births. We all know about the Krishna’s eternal love on Radha and about his wives and gopikas.
In this article, I’m going to tell about the wives of Lord Krishna which we all know but not familiar with the story about their marriage. The wives of Krishna are called as Ashtabharya which means the group of the eight queen-consorts. We have collected the stories about Wives of Krishna from Bhagavata Purana and from Mahabharata. Ashtabharya includes: Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Kalindi, Mitravinda, Nagnajiti, Bhadra and Lakshmana.
Rukmini is the pricipal wife of Lord Krishna. She is the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi who is the consort of Lord Vishnu (Krishna). For every avatar of Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi follows him to do her service to him. In the avatar of Krishna she takes the form of Rukmini, who is the princess of Vidarbha.
She fell in love with Krishna by listening his tales from people visited her kingdom and want to marry him. Rukmini’s brother Rukmi hates Krishna and arranged his sister marriage to his evil friend Shishupala. Rukmini wrote a letter to Krishna to abduct her at the Indrani temple on the day of Jyeshtha star. After she finished her rituals at the temple she saw the Krishna in the chariot outside the temple and Krishna soon swept her into his chariot with him.
eight principal wives of lord krishna
Shishupala and all of Jarasandha’s force started chasing them and try to block their way to their Kingdom Dwaraka. Krishna along with his brother Balarama fought with those warriors and won the battle. Later Krishna marries the Rukmini in Dwaraka with elders of the family.
Later Rukmini gives birth to mighty warrior Pradyumna and also Charudeshna, Sudesna, Charudeha, Sucharu, Charugupta, Bhadracharu, Charuchandra, Vicharu and Charu. Among all the sons of Krishna, Pradhyumna is the crown Prince.
Satyabhama is the second and most favourite queen of Krishna. Satyabhama is also believed as a avatar of Goddess Lakshmi. She was the daughter of Satrajit, the royal treasurer of Dwaraka. Satrajit also the owner of the precious jewel Syamantaka Mani. When Satrajit’s brother went out for hunting he was killed by lion and that lion takes the syamantaka mani from him. Later Jambavan killed the lion and gave the jewel to his daughter Jambavati. 
Satrajit accused Krishna for killing his brother for the sake of Jewel. Krishna fought with the Jambavan and return the Syamantaka Mani to the Yadava King Satrajit. The King apologized the Krishna and offered his daughters to Krishna in marriage. Krishna accepted his offer and married to his daughter Satyabhama. She bore ten sons to Lord Krishna.
When Krishna was falsely accused by Satrajit by stealing his jewel Syamantaka mani, Krishna went on the forest and fought with the Jambavan who is the main character of Ramayan and return the jewel to the Satrajit. After the fight, Jambavan offer his daughter Jambavati to Krishna. She is the third queen of Krishna. She bore Samba and nine sons to Krishna. Some believed that the Samba is the destructor of the Dwaraka Kingdom.
Kalindi is the Yamuna river who is the twin sister of Yama, the god of death. One day Krishna and Arjuna saw a beautiful girl on the bank of Bank of Yamuna river. Krishna asked Arjuna to meet her to know who is she. Arjuna done as Krishna said, the girl said that she is the daughter of Surya, the Sun god and she is living in a house constructed by her father and explained about her love on Lord Krishna. Arjuna conveyed her message to Krishna. Krishna agreed to marry the beautiful damsel. Krishna and Kalindi later travel to Indraprastha and stayed there for few days and returned to Krishna’s capital Dwaraka and married each other. She had 10 sons headed by Shruta.
kalindi krishna
Mitravinda is the queen consort of Krishna who is the daughter of King Jayasena. She has two brothers Vinda and Anuvinda who were the comrades of Duryodhana. They oppose her marriage to Krishna, since he had allied with the Pandavas. Her brother wants her to marry Duryodhana. On her Svayamvara she chooses Krishna as her husband. Krishna was challenged by her brothers and other prices who wanted to marry her. Krishna defeated all the princes and abducted Mitravinds and married her.
mitravinda krishna's wife
Nagnajiti is the daughter of Nagnajit, the king of Kosala, whose capital was Ayodhya. She is also called as Satya. Krishna married her by defeating the seven ferocious bulls in combat. However, no price dared to take the challenge. The King was pleased with the outcome and happily gave his daughter hand in marriage with Krishna. She has 10 sons headed by Bhadravinda.
Bhadra is one of the Ashtabharya of Lord Krishna. She is the princess of Kekeya and the daughter of King Dhrishtaketu and the Krishna’s cousin. She married to Krishna by choosing him as her husband in the Swayamvara  ceremony, in which bride chooses a groom from assembled suitors.
nagnajiti Krishna's wife

Lakshmana is the eight principal queen consorts of Krishna. She is the princess of Madra Kingdom. Krishna won her on Swayamvara ceremony where famous persons like Jarasandha and Duryodhana miss the target. The famous archer Arjuna missed his aim at the target so that Krishna could win. She bore ten sons to Krishna headed by Gatravan. 
lakshmana krishna's wife

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