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The Wondrous and Epic Story of Krishna Janmashtami | Lord Krishna Family Tree

The Mystical and Spiritual Story of Krishna Janmashtami

Story of Krishna Janmashtami | Lord Krishna Family Tree
Story of Krishna Janmashtami 

The Incredible Story of Krishna Janmashtami:

A long time ago, in Mathura, there was a king named Kans who was infamous for his greed and unfair rule. After the marriage of his sister Devaki to Vasudev, a prophetic voice from above announced, “Kans, your tyranny is going to come to an end. The 8th son born to Devaki and Vasudev will kill you.”


This enraged Kans and he imprisoned the newlyweds. Kans went on to kill 7 of Devaki’s children. When she gave birth to her 8th child, the prophetic voice returned, and said, “Take the child across the river Yamuna to Gokuland exchange him with your friends Nand’s and Yashoda’s newly born daughter.” Vasudev looked down to realize, his hands had been unchained. He quickly picked up his child and put him in a basket, arriving at the gates to find them opened on their own and the guards asleep.


As he crossed the stormy river, the basket upon his head, the water never rose above his shoulders. When he struggled, a ten-headed snake appeared to protect the child from the pouring rain. Vasudev by now had realized that his child was a divine being. At Nand’s house, Vasudev switched the children and returned to the prison.


When Kans arrived and tried to harm the child, it took the form of Goddess Durga and said “The 8th child, who is going to end your reign of terror, has been born and will fulfill his prophecy.” The child, Krishna, was raised by Yashodaand went on to kill Kans, And so, every year we celebrate the birth of Krishna, also known as Janmashtami, across India.



Lord Krishna's Family:

According to some scriptures, the King of Dwarka, Lord Krishna had eight principal wives and 16100 junior wives. Some scriptures also say the number is 16,000, probably for the sake of ease. Lord Krishna had ten sons from each wife, which means 16108 wives produced 1 lakh, 61 thousand 80 sons.



Lord Krishna Major Wives or Patarani Names:

The eight major wives of Krishna are also called Ashtabharya or Patarani. According to Srimad Bhagavata, they were Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Nagnajiti, Kalindi, Madra, Mitravinda, and Bhadra. Sri Sukh Goswami said each of the wives of Krishna gave birth to ten sons not less than in any respect to their father's personal opulence.


Despite the romantic signs, they beamed from their arched eyebrows, their secret looks, and coy smiles that so charmingly displayed their intentions. Yet these sixteen thousand wives were not capable of agitating His (Krishna) senses with their arrows of Cupid and other means.



Lord Krishna Major Wives or Patarani Children Names:

Children From Rukmini - The first son was Pradyumna. The others were Charudeshna, Sudheshna, Charudeha, Sucharu, Charugupta, Bhadracharu, Charu Chandra, Vicharu, and Charu. None of these was inferior to their father.


Children From Satyabhama - Bhanu, Subhanu, Svarabhanu, Prabhanu, Bhanuman, Chandrabhanu, Brihadbhanu, Atibhanu, Sribhanu and Pratibhanu.


Children From Jambavati - Samba, Sumitra, Purujit, Satajit, Sahasrajit, Vijaya, Chitraketu, Vasuman, Dravida and Kratu.


Children From Nagnajiti - Vira, Chandra, Asvasena, Chitragu, Vegavan, Vrisha, Aama, Sanku, Vasu, and Kunti.


Children From Kalindi - Sruta, Kavi, Vrisa, Vira, Subahu, Bhadra, Shanti, Darsa, Purnamasa and Somaka.


Children From Madra - Praghosa, Gaatravan, Simha, Bala, Prabala, Urdhvaga, Mahasakthi, Saha, Oja, and Aparajita.


Children From Mitravinda - Vrika, Harsha, Anila, Gridhra, Vardhana, Unnada, Mahamsa, Pavan, Vanhi and Ksudhi.


Children From Bhadra - Sangramajit, Brihatsena, Sura, Praharana, Arijit, Jaya, Subhadra, Vama, Ayu, and Satyaka.


Lord Krishna Other Wives and Children:

Apart from his eight principal wives, Lord Krishna was described to have many junior wives, whom he had rescued from the demon Narakasura. Krishna accepted them as his wife upon their insistence to save themselves from the society who saw them as slaves of the demon king Narakasura.


After marriage, they all lived in Dwarka. The chief amongst these junior wives is sometimes called Rohini. Diptiman, Tamratapta, and others were the sons of Rohini and other wives. Rukmini's daughter Charumati was the only girl mentioned in Srimad Bhagavata as the daughter of Lord Krishna. Charumati married Bali, the son of Kritavarma.


However, few commentators explain that each of the Lord's queens had one daughter. Which means, Lord had 16108 daughters. Regarding His sons and grandsons, the scripture says their numbers were in tens of millions. From these sons and grandsons of the sixteen thousand mothers, tens of millions descendants of Krishna took their birth.




When I talking about lord Krishna then there must I have remembering one Mahabharata Sloka (a couplet of Sanskrit verse) come to my mind and that is,

“यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत।
अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम्
परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय दुष्कृताम्
धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय सम्भवामि युगे युगे ॥”

Lord Krishna Says that He takes avatar or Birth on earth, I appear. Whenever there is loss of religion, then he comes. When unrighteousness increases, then he manifest in the form of people, He come to protect the gentlemen, He come to destroy the wicked, He come to establish Dharma and in the ages He take birth.


May lord Krishna blessed you all with his divinity and show path to all of you that what are you working for, gives you strength to achieve your goals.


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