Please give exact shloka number(and its translation) in Mahabharat(not puranas) , where number of wives of krishna is mentioned, Esp. the 16000 wives in narakasura episode and other wives?

I will infinitely appreciate, if somebody additionally gives shloka number (and its translation) references from BORI edition of mahabharat ?

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    why do you want from bori edition ?
    – ram
    Nov 18, 2018 at 2:55
  • I have "not" said that I want "only from BORI". I have said that I want "also" from BORI. Having answer from both the BORI edition and from popular(like KMGanguli) version - will make it a complete answer.
    – zaxebo1
    Nov 18, 2018 at 3:11
  • OK. FYI, whether BORI edition matches KMG's or not, BORI edition is known for its leftist/unorthodox personal mis-interpretations.. if you are interested in knowing more about the authors of the edition, you can see comments on this meta-post. And while this particular website may have an arbitrary rule that the contents of a book and its author must be judged separately, it is both useless and harmful in real-life. Even ganga-jal brought in a dog-skull is reprehensible.
    – ram
    Nov 18, 2018 at 3:29
  • btw, i think the exact number is 16,108. 16000 is just used as a short-form, (as in 1 lakh + 1 is still referred to as 1 lakh)
    – ram
    Nov 18, 2018 at 3:35

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This can be found in Mahabharata: Udyoga Parva: Bhagwat Yana Parva.

Sanskrit shloka can be found here:

  1. संछिद्य मौरवान पाशान निहत्य मुरम ओजसा

    निर्जित्य नरकं भौमम आहृत्य मणि कुण्डले

  2. षॊडश स्रीसहस्राणि रत्नानि विविधानि च

    परतिपेदे हृषीकेशः शार्ङ्गं च धनुर उत्तमम

The English translation for this is given here:

Baffling the nooses of Mura and slaying by his might that Asura, and vanquishing Naraka, the son of the Earth, Hrishikesa, while recovering the begemmed ear-rings (of Aditi), with sixteen thousand girls and various kinds of jewels and gems, obtained that excellent bow called Sarnga.

The Sanskrit shloka can also be found in Mahabharata-BORI > Devanagari (and other Indian scripts from each sarga page) > ५ उद्योगपर्वम्:

सञ्छिद्य मौरवान्पाशान्निहत्य मुरमोजसा |

निर्जित्य नरकं भौममाहृत्य मणिकुण्डले ||८||

षोडश स्त्रीसहस्राणि रत्नानि विविधानि च |

प्रतिपेदे हृषीकेशः शार्ङ्गं च धनुरुत्तमम् ||९||

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Did Krishna have 16108 wives?

  • thanks for answering from KM Ganguli version. If you can give from BORI version "also", then it will be very valuable.
    – zaxebo1
    Nov 18, 2018 at 3:08
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    @zaxebo1 updated the answer....
    – YDS
    Nov 18, 2018 at 3:20
  • i think the exact number is 16,108
    – ram
    Nov 18, 2018 at 3:36
  • @ram OP was specifically asking for "Esp. the 16000 wives in narakasura episode" so provided answer on that point...however now added related q....
    – YDS
    Nov 18, 2018 at 3:56
  • he also mentions 'other wives' just after the word episode, and his title also asks about exact number. when someone reads your quoted text, it seems like exact number is 16000 ?
    – ram
    Nov 18, 2018 at 4:06

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