On the occasion of Janmashtami, here’s everything you wanted to know about Vishnu’s 8th avatar.
Krishna was clearly ‘the dude’ of his time. I mean, one of his many names was ‘Mohan’, which literally means ‘bewitching’ and ‘a charmer’. We usually remember the 8th avatar of Vishnu as the cute little butter thief, or as the charioteer guide of Arjun in Mahabharat, who helped the warrior find his path in the midst of battle. But Krishna is so much more than that.
Here are some things about the legendary mythological character that most people probably don’t know.
1. Krishna has 108 names.
Lord Krishna is said to have 108 names among which the famous ones are Gopal, Govind, Devakinandan, Mohan, Shyam, Ghanshyam, Hari, Girdhari, Baanke Bihari to name a few.
2. Krishna had 16,108 wives.
Lord Krishna had 16,108 wives in total, out of which eight were his principal wives known as ‘Ashtabharya’ namely Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Nagnajiti, Kalindi, Mitravinda, Bhadra, Lakshmana who bore him 10 sons each. He rescued 16,100 women from the clutches of a demon Narakasura who had forcibly kept them in captivity in his palace and freed them. However, they all returned to Lord Krishna as none of their families were ready to accept them back and so he married them all to protect their honour. However, it is said that he never had any relations with them.