I have heard that Krishna had more than 16000 wives and many children. So my question is, is it right to practice polygamy? How moral is it?

We know that Kunti had five sons. It is written in scriptures that she got five boons whereby she can call upon any god and be blessed with a baby. Thinking scientifically, this must have involved sex (more likely) or a form of modern technology like artificial insemination.

I am not entirely convinced the Hinduism we follow now is very different from its earlier form. Polygamy is considered to be a sin/crime in today's world, or at least most Hindus oppose it.

The concept of god itself is so mystical and complex. I believe, no humans can be considered god, but maybe messengers or demigod.

closed as primarily opinion-based by Sarvabhouma, SwiftPushkar, Akshay S, Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury, sv. Jan 4 at 17:52

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 1
    Nobody considers polygamy a sin. Other religions also have polygamy. It's considered a crime only because laws forbid it. – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Jan 4 at 9:54
  • 1
    as practiced by Hindu gods --- actually most Hindu gods (I don't know if all is the correct word) have one consort only.. For eg- Shiva-Parvati, Vishnu-Laxmi, Brahma-Saraswati, Indra-Sachi... But Hindu scriptures allow humans to marry more than once.. – Rickross Jan 4 at 14:34
  • 1
    The mantra that you are talking about has Sun has it's deity and not Vishnu. PurushaSukta's deity is also not Vishnu. Yeah I also know that .. even Ganga, Saraswati and Tulasi are also regarded as his wives.. but usually we associate mostly/only Laxmi with him.. @Ikshvaku – Rickross Jan 4 at 17:32
  • 1
    @Rickross Who do you think Purusha Suktam's deity is? I don't know any, even Vaishnavas, who associate Saraswati, Ganga, etc as wives of Vishnu. – Ikshvaku Jan 4 at 18:28
  • 1
    Why is this question flagged as opinion based? The Hindu scriptures talk about marrying multiple wives! – Ikshvaku Jan 4 at 18:31

Browse other questions tagged .