I have found people claiming that gods do not procreate like humans but procreate without any bodily union on Quora, does this idea have scriptural backing?

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    Actually rivers, mountains, planets, stars, earth, winds etc are the real deva-s who live in higher plane of existence. Human being like gods shown in TV/films is either fantasy or represntation. Unfortunately I don't have any solid scripture but only indirect references. They do have ability to take human form & procreate with humans. The scripture based example is of Kunti & Madri begetting Pandava-s. See here.
    – iammilind
    Jun 8, 2018 at 14:38
  • I agree. Anthropomophric representations are just to help us humans understand them better, but I get this from logic, not scripture. Jun 9, 2018 at 1:21
  • yes. Kunti getting son (karna) from Surya deva with help of mantra chanting is an example of non-human progeny. Sanskrit verse "yonir yatha na dushyetha'. Parvati devi has cursed devas that no procreation is possible in deva loka, so either god or goddess has to come down to earth for getting progeny
    – ram
    Jun 9, 2018 at 21:31
  • @ram do you have a reference of Parvati's curse?
    – Wikash_
    Jun 13, 2018 at 0:02
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    @iammilind (Another annoying years late reply here) but what you wrote above re the rivers, mountains, planets, stars, earth, etc, I think that is def accurate however I also wonder if that is partial info; that along w/ that there are also higher level devas that are existing too. I think reality at higher planes of existence is more complicated (and wonderful in many ways) than what we think we can see from a lower level of understanding. Same for reality at this plane of existence ! :D
    – user28094
    Sep 19, 2022 at 18:48

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Fifteen years after the Mahabharata war, Kunti, Gandhari, Dhritarashtra, and Vidura leave Hastinapura to retire in the woods. Maharshi Veda Vyasa meets Kunti who tells him that she is desperate to see Karna who was killed in battle.

Vyasa explained how the gods are able to produce offspring when Kunti blamed herself for what happened to Karna.


Thus addressed by Kunti, Vyasa, that foremost of all persons, said unto her in reply,--'Blessed be thou; all that thou hast said unto me will happen. (As regards the birth of Karna) no fault is ascribable to thee. Thou wert restored to virginity. The deities are possessed of (Yoga) puissance.

They are able to penetrate human bodies.There are deities.They beget (offspring) by thought alone. By word, by sight, by touch, and by sexual union, also, they beget children. These are the five methods.


The notion that Gods cannot procreate through their respective wives, might have emanated from the episode from Bala Kanda of Ramayana, wherein Uma, the consort of Shiva, curses so.

यस्मान्निवारिता चाहं संगता पुत्रकाम्यया || १-३६-२१ अपत्यं स्वेषु दारेषु नोत्पादयितुमर्हथ |

" 'Wherefore, I who am desirous of a son had been prevented from the intimacy with my husband, therefore you shall be infecund to beget progeny through your own wives. "

अद्य प्रभृति युष्माकमप्रजाः सन्तु पत्नयः || १-३६-२२ एवमुक्त्वा सुरान्सर्वान् शशाप पृथिवीमपि |

" 'And from now onwards you wives shall remain infertile...' and on saying this way to all of the gods she also gave a curse to the earth."

We have to remember the following issues:

1) Much before Ramayana was composed, Rig Veda contained verses indicating Maruts as the sons of Rudra and Pṛśni.

They who are Sons of the rain-pouring Rudra, whom the long-lasting One had power to foster: The Mighty Ones whose germ great Mother Pṛśni is known to have received for man's advantage.

So the story of Uma cursing Gods might be an interpolated story.

2) The God is only ONE and formless. Most of stories that were described in Literature about children of God are epithets only, but should not be taken literally.

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    your most of the answers r based on the interpolation which cannot be proved so easily. how u can label something interpolated without proper proof? in above answer, if gods had children before this curse then how this became interpolated? even after this curse, if some god got children then we must search for the reason how they got that exception instead of just labeling a story interpolated, it's also possible that getting children from their wife is interpolated instead of a's curse..
    – YDS
    Oct 14, 2019 at 0:14
  • I have expressed my opinion, based on my analysis for which I had quoted scriptural base. Whether to accept it or not, rests with the reader. @YDS Oct 14, 2019 at 0:59
  • Whoever down voted my answer should be courageous enough to state the reasons. Otherwise it tells upon their cowardice only. Oct 14, 2019 at 13:21
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    There is no cowardice . Some may agree with @YDS line of thinking. May 6, 2020 at 8:30

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