How & why Krishna married 16,100 women (Narakasur story)
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Narakasura, was the putra (son) of Dharitri (Bhoomaata / mother earth) and Bhagavan Varaha Svamy (Sri Hari’s avatar).
Narakasura became a rakshasa (demon) due to association of another rakshasa known as Banaasura.
Narakasura had won all the three lokas (Bhumi / earth, Svargam and Paatala).
Also Narakasura was making apaharanam (kidnapping) of many sundari stree (beautiful divine girls) from all these three lokas and was keeping imprisoned in his own raajyam (kingdom).
Narakasura was also attacking the three lokas and was stealing many valuable things.
Narakasura had stolen many of the Sri Indra Deva’s gajas / elephants, ashwas (horses), etc.
Narakasura had stolen Sri Aditi Devi’s (Deva maata) ear-rings, Varuna Deva’s Umbrella, play ground of the Devas known as Mani Parvata and was also planning to steal Airavata (Indra Deva’s gaja).
All these things were happening to the three lokas and especially everything was going against the Sri Indra Deva.
Thus Sri Indra Deva felt highly avamaanam (insulted).
With this avamaanam (insult) Sri Indra Deva went straight to the Bhagavan Sri Krishna Paramaatma, as Sri Indra Deva was wanting his Svarga lokam back, also Sri Indra Deva was wanting to take revenge against Narakasura.
Sri Indra Deva came to Sri Krishna and explained everything to Sri Krishna.
Immediately after hearing the grievances of the Sri Indra Deva, Sri Krishna thought of attacking Narakasura and killing him instantly.
But at the samayam (time), when Sri Indra Deva came to Sri Krishna, Sri Satyabhama Devi was also present with Sri Krishna.
Here Sri Krishna was not willing to leave Sri Satyabhama Devi alone and go for the yudham (war).
On the other hand, Sri Krishna cannot tell to Sri Indra Deva, that he cannot help him in that situation.
So Sri Krishna took Sri Satyabhama Devi along with him.
Sri Krishna upon the Garuda Raaja.
Both Sri Krishna and Sri Satyabhama Devi sat on the Garuda Raaja and they both straight away went to the raajyam (kingdom) of Narakasura.
While entering the raajyam (kingdom) of Narakasura, a rakshasa naamam Mura attacked Sri Krishna.
Instantly, Sri Krishna cut off the head of the rakshasa Mura along with his seven putras using the Sudarshana Chakra.
(Thus Sri Krishna is also came to be known as Sri Murari, means someone who has killed Mura rakshasa).
After knowing that the rakshasa Mura had went to Yamalokam, Narakasura himself came outside to fight against Bhagavan Sri Krishna on a gaja (elephant).
As soon as Narakasura came down to battle field, he threw his fierce lance at the Sri Krishna.
But nothing can harm the svayam Bhagavan Sri Krishna.
On the other hand Sri Krishna sent all the sainikaas (soldiers) of the Narakasura to the mruthyu lokam (Yama loka).
Then, later using the Sudarshana Chakram, Sri Krishna cut off the sheeram (head) Narakasura (from this time Sri Krishna got the name Sri Narakari, means someone who has killed the Narakasura rakshasa).
Sri Krishna and Satyabhama Devi sitting on Garuda Raaja. Narakasura been killed by Krishna using the Sudarshana Chakra
As soon as Narakasura was killed his maata Bhoodevi (mother earth) was very happy as she thought that having a putra (son) like Narakasura is equal to not having a putra (son) itself.
Bhoomaata (mother earth) sang many songs praising the Bhagavan Sri Krishna Paramaatma.
Bhoomaata (mother earth) also requested Sri Krishna to make Baagadatta, who was the putra / son of Narakasura the adhipati (king) for the raajyam (kingdom) of the Narakasura.
Thus all the Devas from the Svarga lokam showered pushpam (divine flowers) on the Bhagavan Sri Krishna Paramaatma and Sri Satyabhama Devi).
Bhoomaata (mother earth) went down to Sri Krishna and handed over all the items that was stolen by Narakasura and which he had kept with his mother.
Also Bhoomaata (mother earth) requested Sri Krishna to pacify Baagadatta, as he was afraid of his pita (father), Narakasura.
After pacifying Baagadatta, Sri Krishna went inside the raajabhavanam (palace) of Narakasura and found that 16,100 young baalikas (divine girls) were imprisoned by Narakasura.
Sri Krishna freed all the 16,100 young women.
While all the women were not willing to leave the place and were not willing to go to there own places, since they all were abducted by Narakasura.
If they went back to there places, then the people around them will ill-talk about them.
So all the sundaris requested Sri Krishna to marry him.
Thus the Karunaasaagara, Sri Krishna married all the 16,100 women (We should know that in the earlier lives of all these ladies.
They had done tapas to get Bhagavan as their husband and thus Sri Krishna fulfilled the ladies wishes in this avatar – in the earlier lives, they all were the children of Sri Agni Deva).
After this, all the 16,100 women went to Dvaraka, to the Sri Krishna’s raajabhavanam (royal palace).
While Sri Krishna along with Satyabhama went to Svarga lokam and gave away the earrings to Aditi Devi.
Also both Sri Indra Deva and Sachi Devi (wife of Sri Indra Deva) took blessings from Sri Krishna and Sri Satybhama Devi.
Sri Krishna getting requests from 16,100 ladies to get married
On this same occasion, Sri Krishna fought with Sri Indra Deva & many Devas and took away the Paarijaata tree from svarga lokam and gave it to Satyabhama Devi, as per the request of Satyabhama Devi.
(We should know that Sri Indra Deva hesitated to give the Paarijaata tree to svayam Bhagavan Sri Krishna as per the wishes of Satyabhama Devi.)
(No one should tell ‘NO’ to Sri Krishna, as everything belongs to Sri Krishna and all others are mere followers of Sri Krishna).
Sri Indra Deva, his patni (wife) Sri Sachi Devi and Devas were not willing to give that Paarijaata tree.
But because, Sri Satyabhama Devi liked the tree and it’s smell, Sri Krishna uprooted the tree and gave it to Sri Satyabhama Devi.
To know the story of the tree Paarijaata, please visit this link:
PS: Here it should be noted that, all the 16,100 young women by their own will requested Bhagavan Sri Krishna to marry him.
There was no hard rule that all these women should be marrying to Sri Krishna.
Only the request of those women Sri Krishna got married to all 16,100 women.
Apart from these 16,100 women, Bhagavan Sri Krishna had got married to another eight women namely Rukmini Devi, Satyabhama Devi, Jambuvati Devi, Kalindi Devi, Mitravinda Devi, Nagnajiti Devi, Bhadra Devi and Lakshmana Devi.
Sri Krishna got married to all these 16,108 women as Sri Krishna is the svayam Bhagavan. He has the power to do anything and everything.
If he has the power to kill Kamsa, if he has the power to kill Putana, if he has the power to kill Narakasura, Dhenukaasura, Pralambhasura, Chanoora, etc, etc, etc then he has the power to marry as many wives as he likes.
We ordinary humans shouldn’t be thinking that Sri Krishna has got married to so many women, why shouldn’t we have more then one wife or affair.
No, sorry, we are ordinary humans. We as humans cannot overload ourselves with more then one wife.
Even if we get marry to more then one wife also, then it is difficult to look after those wives or to pacify them all the time.
Sri Krishna’s all the 16,108 wives were always happy and were always young as a 16 year old young girls. They did not fought with each other even once.
Sri Krishna, svayam Bhagavan, was always there with all the 16,108 wives all the time (24/7 and 365 days), throughout the life.
We as humans cannot do those things.
Let all of us be ordinary humans and try not to be Bhagavan or not to try to enact like Sri Krishna.
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