Why did the Pandavas have so many wives?

I know they had multiple wives each, but why did they have so many wives? Was it just for pleasure? Or did they want lots of male lineages for political purposes?

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    Arjuna had four wives; Yuddhishtira, 2; Bhima, 3; Sahadeva and Nakula, 2 each. Draupadi was, of course, the common wife among the five. This does not seem like "so many." Commented Sep 13, 2019 at 12:14
  • @AravindSuresh Why did they have multiple wives?
    – Ikshvaku
    Commented Sep 13, 2019 at 14:02
  • for comparison, Dasharatha from the Ramayana had three wives. I believe it has more to do with the customs of the time than with anything strategic. I am still digging for a scriptural reference. Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 11:39
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    @AravindSuresh Dasharatha had 3 primary wives, but he had hundreds of wives because he kept marrying a woman every time Parashurama came, and that's because Parashurama would kill any kshatriya he sees, except one who was recently married.
    – Ikshvaku
    Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 13:46

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Obviouly In old times King has many wives because of political relationship.

Same happens with Pandavas also.

After getting marries with Draupadi , they also had to marry another kingdom princess for political relationship.

Such as Krishna planned to marry her sister "Subhadra" with Arjun so that pandas become strong.

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