Whose marriage happened first, Lord Shiva's or Lord Vishnu's? I heard that one of them supported the concept of marriage first. Who?

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    Neither if we consider cyclic nature of time.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 6:37
  • As I discuss in my answer here.. hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/10141/… Lord Shiva married with many Sati and many Parvati..😀😀
    – Tezz
    Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 9:50
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    This is different question.
    – prem30488
    Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 11:43
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    This is an interesting question, really don't know the correct answer.
    – ABcDexter
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 8:14

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Let me say the answer first. It is Lord Shiva.

Two basic facts support the answer.

1) Lord Vishnu's wife Devi Laxmi was one of the ratna(Gem) who was produced from the Samudra(Ocean) during the Samudra manthan(Sanskrit: समुद्रमन्थन, lit. churning of the ocean). And then she accepted Vishnu as her eternal consort.

2) And the second one is, The Samudra Manthan process released a number of things from the Ocean. One of them was Halahala ,a deadly poison.This terrified all the creature who participated in that process because the poison could destroy all of them. Then the gods approached Lord Shiva for protection. Shiva consumed the poison in an act to protect the universe, and his consort, Devi Parvati, grabbed Shiva's throat in an effort to prevent the most deadly poison from affecting the universes inside Lord Shiva. As a result, Shiva's throat turned blue.

So we can conclude that Devi Parvati,the wife of Lord Shiva was already there when Devi Laxmi came out as a Ratna(gem).

Which implies Lord Shiva's marriage happened first


1) Wikipedia link of Samudra Manthan

2)The Bhagavata Purana

  • Welcome to Hinduism SE! Wikipedia is not recommended source for this site. Can you also mention exact chapter of Bhagavata Purana?
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 17:19
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    There was Lakshmi Devi even before Samudra Manthan too. There are other births of Lakshmi also. It is due to the curse of Sage Durvasa, the churning of the ocean happened. There was Lakshmi at the time of DakshaYajna also. So, we can't say that Shiva's marriage happened first. Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 7:24
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    This Wikipedia analogy is completely WRONG. Goddess Lakshmi was actually daughter of Bhrigu & Khyati earlier and got married to Lord Vishnu. Indra showed disrespect to her (or sage Durvasa in some stories), she made her abode in the abysmal depth of the sea and later emerged during Samudra Manthan. Read in more detail about other incarnations of Goddess Lakshmi from sacred-texts.com/hin/vp/vp042.htm
    – YDS
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 18:00

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