It is known that Krishna, Narada etc., are married Naishtika Brahmacharis.

Is rama a Naishtika Brahmachari? 

  • there is no such thing like 'married naishtika brahmachari' - i thought we already settled this in your previous question.
    – ram
    May 6, 2019 at 16:06
  • @ram Yeah, it is askalitha brahmachari :(
    – hanugm
    May 6, 2019 at 17:59

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No he wasn't because he had married.

There are four orders of life in Hinduism viz: Brahmacharya (studentship), Grihasta (householder) Vanaprashtha (retired) and Sannyasa (renunciate).

A Naishthika Brahmachari is one who lives in the first order of life perpetually i.e. till his death. He does not marry.

Quoting the necessary verses from this answer:

A Brahmna, whose tongue, generative organ, belly and hands, have all been controlled, should, resorting to Sannyasa (renunciation), lead a celibate life near the same preceptor, as long as he lives ; in his absence near his (preceptor's) son ; [in the latter' s absence,] near his disciple or in his family. Neither marriage nor [absolute] renunciation is laid down for the Naishthika* (13,14)

(Harita Smriti verses)


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