The insights of multiple marriages of Lord Krishna: A focus on cultural aspects
Kiran Kumari, Dr. LN Mishra and Krishna Murari Pandey
According to their regal status, the hierarchy of his wives can be categorized into three groups. In the first group, Rukmini, avatar of the Material Prakriti stands for majesty and wealth. Satyabhama, the avatar of the Elemental Prakriti represents the kingdom and Jambavati represents victory (vijaya). The second group represents the Aryavarta (the nobility). Kalindi represents the central kingdoms, Nagnajiti represents the eastern kingdoms (including the Solar dynasty) and Lakshmana represents the western kingdom. The third group of wives (Mitravinda and Bhadra) represents his Yadava clan called Satvata. Lord Krishna got married 8 women during the span of his whole life. The number of Krishna's wives is said to be the 8 forms of Laxmi. It is already known 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, every time the marriages took place in dramatic situations.