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Did Lord Krishna have children? If yes, what were their names? What did happen to them after Krishna's death?

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    His Very famous son name is Pradummna which is actually a re-birth of God Kama. – Kedarnath Jul 31 '14 at 11:07
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    @Kedarnath- It is pradyumna not pradummna. – Yogi Jul 31 '14 at 11:15
  • @Creator You are correct, Other son's detail – Kedarnath Jul 31 '14 at 11:17
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Yes, Lord Krishna had many children. As per Shrimad Bhagavatam the number was at least 161,080. Regarding His sons and grandsons, the scripture says their numbers were in millions:

My dear King, the sons and grandsons of Lord Kṛṣṇa’s children numbered in the tens of millions. Sixteen thousand mothers gave rise to this dynasty. [SB - 10.61.19]

Shri Krishna had 16,108 wives and He had 10 children from each. Of His wives, 8 were principal and all their children's names are mentioned in the Bhagavatam. They are as below:

1. Rukmani

The first son of Queen Rukmiṇī was Pradyumna, and also born of her were Cārudeṣṇa, Sudeṣṇa and the powerful Cārudeha, along with Sucāru, Cārugupta, Bhadracāru, Cārucandra, Vicāru and Cāru, the tenth. None of these sons of Lord Hari was less than his father. [SB - 10.61.11]

2. Satyabhāmā

The ten sons of Satyabhāmā were Bhānu, Subhānu, Svarbhānu, Prabhānu, Bhānumān, Candrabhānu, Bṛhadbhānu, Atibhānu (the eighth), Śrībhānu and Pratibhānu.[SB - 10.61.12]

3. Jāmbavatī

Sāmba, Sumitra, Purujit, Śatajit, Sahasrajit, Vijaya, Citraketu, Vasumān, Draviḍa and Kratu were the sons of Jāmbavatī. These ten, headed by Sāmba, were their father’s favorites. [SB - 10.61.12]

4. Nāgnajitī

The sons of Nāgnajitī were Vīra, Candra, Aśvasena, Citragu, Vegavān, Vṛṣa, Āma, Śaṅku, Vasu and the opulent Kunti. [SB - 10.61.13]

5. Kālindī

Śruta, Kavi, Vṛṣa, Vīra, Subāhu, Bhadra, Śānti, Darśa and Pūrṇamāsa were sons of Kālindī. Her youngest son was Somaka. [SB - 10.61.14]

6. Mādrā

Mādrā’s sons were Praghoṣa, Gātravān, Siṁha, Bala, Prabala, Ūrdhaga, Mahāśakti, Saha, Oja and Aparājita. [SB - 10.61.15]

7. Mitravindā

Mitravindā’s sons were Vṛka, Harṣa, Anila, Gṛdhra, Vardhana, Unnāda, Mahāṁsa, Pāvana, Vahni and Kṣudhi. [SB - 10.61.16]

8. Bhadrā

Saṅgrāmajit, Bṛhatsena, Śūra, Praharaṇa, Arijit, Jaya and Subhadra were the sons of Bhadrā, together with Vāma, Āyur and Satyaka. [SB - 10.61.17]

Apart from these eight queens, Shri Krishna had 16,100 other queens and each had 10 sons each:

tāsāṁ yā daśa-putrāṇāṁ kṛṣṇa-strīṇāṁ puroditāḥ [SB - 10.61.7]
-Among Lord Kṛṣṇa’s wives, each of whom had ten sons

So if we calculate thus, then the number would be around 161,080.

Almost all of these children and their grandchildren died due to the quarrel and fighting that ensued among them in the Prabhasa region and due to the submerging of Dwaraka under the sea. But the great-grandson of Shri Krishna, Vajra, the son of Anirudha (Anirudha was son of Pradyumna ) survived and was appointed as King by Arjuna as described in Mahabharata.

Reference:
Shirmad Bhagavatam, Canto 10, Chapter 61
Mahabharata, Mausala Parva, 7

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    I don't think 10.61.7 necessarily means that Krishna had 10 sons with each of his other 16100 wives. The verse just says that the wives who had ten sons were previously mentioned. That doesn't mean that all the wives had ten sons. The preposition tasya can go with puroditah. – Keshav Srinivasan Jul 31 '14 at 16:12
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    Sorry, I meant the preposition tasam. And I'm not asking you to take my word for it, I'm just saying there's an ambiguity in the verse, so it's possible that Prabhupada is interpreting it incorrectly. – Keshav Srinivasan Aug 1 '14 at 3:53
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    @ChinmaySarupria Because as a husband he had a duty to every wife. Here's what the Srimad Bhagvatam says "The Lord, performer of the inconceivable, constantly remained in each of His queens’ palaces, which were unequaled and unexcelled by any other residence. There, although fully satisfied within Himself, He enjoyed with His pleasing wives, and like an ordinary husband He carried out His household duties." vedabase.com/en/sb/10/59 Narada later comes to Dwaraka and is shocked to see Krishna duplicated like this, simultaneously spending time with each wife, with his children, etc. – Keshav Srinivasan Oct 18 '15 at 14:30
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    @KeshavSrinivasan giving 1 lakh children is a responsibility of a husband, really? I strongly believe that this figure is inflated. – Chinmay Sarupria Oct 18 '15 at 15:08
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    @KeshavSrinivasan I don't think Krishna, the purna avatar, would want 10 children with each wife. 10 children with each wife is very unusual. – Chinmay Sarupria Oct 19 '15 at 12:42
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The details of Lord Krishna's family and His offspring from ashtabharya's [eight principal queen/consorts]

List of offspring classified as patrani's or ashtabharya's of Lord Krishna

  1. Rukmini
    Pradyumna, Charudeshna,Sudeshna, Charudhena, Sucharu, Chharugupta, Bhadracaru, Charuchandra, Vicaru and Caru.

  2. Satyabhama
    Bhanu, Subhanu, Svarbhanu, Prabhanu, Bhanuman, Chandrabhanu, Brihadbhanu, Atibhanu, Sribhanu and Pratibhanu.

  3. Jambvanti
    Samba,Sumitra, Purujit, Satajit, Sahasrajit, Vijaya, Citraketu, Vasuman, Dravida and Kratu.

  4. Nagnajiti
    Vira, Candra, Asvasena, Citragu, Vegavan, Vrisha, Ama, Sanku, Vasu ,Kunti.

  5. Kalindi
    Sruta, Kavi, Vrisha, Vira, Subahu, Bhadra, Santi, Darsa ,Purnamasa.

  6. Mitravinda
    Vrika, Harsha, Anila, Gridhra, Vardhana, Unnada, Mahamsa, Pavana, Vahni and Kshudhi.

  7. Bhadra
    Sangramajit, Brihatsena, Sura, Praharana, Arijith, Jaya and Subhadra.

  8. Lakshmana
    Praghosha, Gatravan, Simha, Bala, Prabala, Urdhaga, Mahasakti, Saha, Oja and Aparajita.

Source

Because of the unrighteous behaviour of Samba (the son of Jambavanti) all unrighteous Yadava's were wiped out from earth,Lord Krishna had warned them about this massive wipe out (Yadavas wiped out).

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    Thanks for your answer. What about my last question? – Kiran RS Jul 31 '14 at 12:05
  • How all these children are born. Is it by physical contact of krishna with his wives? please clarify. – user2814 Apr 17 '15 at 10:54
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    As per the wiki article you linked, Samba was actually the son of Krishna and Jambavanti. You incorrectly stated as the son of Satyabhama. – sv. Dec 29 '15 at 19:14

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