Mahaabhaarat | Krishn
|Facts About Krishn|
(1) Krishn's life story appears in 12 Puraan - (1) Agni Puraan, (2) Bhaagvat Puraan, (3) Brahm Puraan, (4) Brahmaand Puraan, (5) Brahmvaivart Puraan, (6) Garud Puraan, (7) Koorm Puraan, (8) Ling Puraan, (9) Matsya Puraan, (10) Padm Puraan, (11) Vaayu Puraan , and (12) Vishnu Puraan. Another book which is not called Puraan but it is identical in style to the Puraan and written around 400 BC is Harivansh - it also contains life story of Krishn.
(2) Krishn was the 8th child of Vasudev and Devakee and was born in a prison.
(3) The popular
belief is that Krishn was born at midnight (in Rohinee Muhoort) and all
celebrate His birth at midnight; but surprisingly enough, the Harivansh (the
Khila Bhaag of the Mahaabhaarat) says that Krishn was born in the Abhijeet
Muhoort. The relevant verse is as follows:
Abhijeet Muhoort is
at midday. In fact Raam was born in Abhijeet Muhoort, at midday.
(4) His 6 brothers whom Kans killed were named as - Keertimaan, Bhadrasen, Rijju, Samardha, Sameesh, and Aheeshwar. His 7th brother was Balaraam who was transferred from Devakee's womb to Rohinee's womb.
(5) In His childhood, from 0-14 years, He killed so many Raakshas while living in Nand Gaanv. see the List of Raakshas.
(6) After He left Nand Gaanv, after the age of 14 years, He never came back to Nand Gaanv.
(7) He had 16,008 wives, among them 8 wives were His chief queens. According to [Padm Puraan, 5/45 His 8 Chief wives' names were - (1) Rukminee, (2) Satyabhaamaa, (3) Kaalindee, (4) Mitravindaa, (5) Jaambvatee, (6) Naagnjitee, (7) Sulakshmanaa and (8) Susheelaa. 16,000 wives were the women who were imprisoned by Bhaumaasur and when Krishn had killed Bhaumaasur, He freed them and seeing such a handsome man, they expressed their wish to marry Him. So He married all of them in one auspicious Muhoort together in Dwaarakaa.
Bhaagvat Puraan, biog/krishn gives His 8 chief wives' names like this - (1) Rukminee, (2) Satyabhaamaa, (3) Jaambvatee, (4) Kaalindee, (5) Mitravindaa, (6) Naagnjitee, (7) Lakshmanaa, and (8) Bhadraa.
(8) From these 16,008 wives,
He had 10 millions (1 Crore) sons. [Padm Puraan, 5/46]
(9) --- Braahman used to
come to teach His children.
(10) Although He vowed not to take any Astra in MBH war, still Bheeshm took the vow to force Him to take up the Astra. And he did so - not even once, but twice.
(11) He let His family killed by Braahman's curse. Gaandhaaree also cursed Him that His whole family will be killed like her own children were killed.
(12) Krishn lived
only for 35 years plus, after MBH war. It was accordance to Gaandhaaree's curse
of Vrishni Vansh
Krishn, Bheeshm, Mahaabhaarat and No 8
Krishna is associated
with the number "8" -
"8" is a
trans-cultural mystic number and associated with Jesus also.
In Mahaabhaarat, the other "8" is Bheeshm (he was also the 8th son of Shaantanu and Gangaa who survived), and he teaches Dharm to the Paandav with Krishn as the listener. It seems then, "8" represents Dharm also.
There is mention of
one "8 x 8" "Fight of Meters" between Gods and Asur in Panchavinsh Braahman - in
which the Gods emerge victorious when Prajaapati is invoked by both sides and he
finally tilts to the Gods - a role very akin to Vyaas and Krishn are playing in
Mahaabhaarat. The Gods win over the Asur by using "8" Meters against their "8"
Meters - that both sides did not have before Prajapati's intervention. Even if
Bheeshm is fighting for Duryodhan, he is not entirely on his side - but rather
favors the Paandav.
The Bhoo Bhaar Haran is accomplished with destruction of Yaadav - and significantly, the destruction takes place at Prabhaas Kshetra - and Prabhaas is the name of the 8th Vasu, whose incarnate Bheeshm is.
Thus it can be said safely that the two "8"s - Krishn and Bheeshm (8 + 8 = 16) symbolically represent what Mahaabhaarat stands for - Dharm.
Krishn's Family Tree
Yayaati + Devayaani
Vasudev + Devakee
Vasudev + Rohinee
Krishn + Satyabhaamaa
Krishn + Rukminee
Created by Sushma Gupta On 03/09/02
Modified on 02/22/13