Is it true that Krishna is the only avatar who was married to more than one woman?

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    Yes, why did you ask?
    – Wikash_
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 13:44
  • @Wikash_hindu in order to research whether it depends on the relativeness of dharma by time.
    – hanugm
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 13:46
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    In Ramayana, multiple wives is not adharmic in itself. But Rama chose to have only one wife.
    – user16581
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 13:49

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Kalki Avatara in Dasavatara also has multiple wives (two wives), Padmavati and Ramaa, as per Kalki Purana. Kalki Purana mentions how Lord Kalki married his two wives. (translated by Bhumipati Das)

Chapter 10 mentions the marriage of Padmavati and Kalki.

  1. After greeting Lord Kalki, the king worshiped Him with great respect and then brought Him to his palace, which had decorated pillars, gates, and residential quarters He then gave his daughter's hand in charity to the Lord

  2. Thus King Brhadratha had his daughter, Padmavati, whose eyes were like lotus petals, who had the fragrance of a lotus, and who was born at a place where many lotuses grew, married to the Lord, who possesses a lotus like navel

Chapter 24 mentions marriage of Ramaa and Kalki.

  1. Thereafter, King Sasidhvaja summoned his sons from the battlefield and, as desired by his wife, handed over his daughter, Rama, to Lord Kalki in marriage.

Chapter 33 of Kalki Purana describes Kalki pastime with His consorts:

  1. Thus, the village of Sambhala, which was profusely decorated with blooming flowers, pious trees, forests, and gardens, became a holy place that granted liberation from material existence.

  2. The master of the universe, Lord Kalki, who was especially pleasing to the eyes and minds of women, happily resided with PadmavatI and Rama in the village of Sambhala.

  3. to 8. The Lord would mount His celestial chariot, which had been given to Him by Indra, and periodically visit holy rivers, mountains, groves, and islands. In this way, He would enjoy pleasure pastimes with PadmavatI and Rama. He thus appeared to be a most perfect, passionate male, afflicted by transcendental lust. Indeed, the Lord of Ramaa became so absorbed in thought of His consorts that He completely forgot whether it was day or night.

  • The Kalki avatar has yet to arrive so technically only Krishna had more wives.
    – Wikash_
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 16:45
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    @Wikash_hindu Yes. But seems like OP wants to know in general among all Dashavataras.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 16:48
  • I disagree he clearly said "was married". But I will upvote your answer since it adds value.
    – Wikash_
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 16:52
  • @Wikash_hindu See question before editing. I think Op wants to know in general.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 17:10
  • We are told Kalki will appear at the end of kaliyuga.But kings are no more there.How will king Bhadranatha emerge in thisnsituation?
    – user17294
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 18:30

The Destroyer has already pointed out that the Kalki Avataar will have two wives.

And so Kalki is THE ONLY AVATAR in the Dasa-avatars Who would have two wives.

This is because, Sri Krishna is NOT counted in the Dasa-Avatars. The Dasa-Avatars are -Matya, Kurma, Varaha, Nrisimha,Vamana, Parasurama, Rama, Balarama, Buddha and Kalki.(Reference : Dasavatar-stotra by Jaydev).

Krishna is 'Bhagavan Svayam'. He is Avatari and Avatars are His amsas: "ete chamshakalaah pumsah krishnastu bhagavan svayam".(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1/3/28)

So Jaydeva writes: 'Keshava drita Dasavidha rupa, Jaya Jagadisha Hare'.

Including Sri Krishna in the Ten Avatars is a misconception as the most authentic list of Dasavatar comes from Jayadev.

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    @Wikash_hindu Thanks so much,But I think Jayadev is a higher authority in this regard as he wrote the Dasavatar-stotra
    – user17294
    Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 13:22
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    Krishna is avatari, but he takes role of avatar (meaning he also descends to earth) also according to gaudiya vaishnavas. Scriptures do count Krishna as avatar. So he can be counted among avatars as well. But since people will think avatar means only vishnu amsa, Jayadeva seems to have included Balaram instead just to make Krishna's position more explicit.
    – user2612
    Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 15:34
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    Generally speaking Krishna is counted among the dashavatars. It is ridiculous to count Balarama as he did not change the history as powerful as the other avatars.
    – Wikash_
    Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 16:17
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    @Wikash_hindu actually Balaram is also counted as 20th avatar in bhagavatam 1.3.23. I know another scripture also counting Balaram but can't recollect. So it is not wrong to count him as avatar. Jayadeva is not gaudiya vaishnava. He is 12th century poet where as gaudiya-vaishnavism is of 16th century. But I agree when scriptures count only dasavatars, they count Krishna instead of Balaram.
    – user2612
    Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 16:45
  • "He is Avatari and Avatars are His amsas". Nowhere in the scriptures is this written so this is false.
    – Wikash_
    Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 6:04

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