Arjuna married Subhadra. Even Dharmaraja Yudhisthira did not oppose the cousin marriage. Krishna actively supported it.

However, Dharmashastras do not support cousin marriage for North Indians Cross-cousin(mother's sister's daughter) marriage? [Please refer to questions I linked] Why they all went against Dharmashastras?

By the way, this is not a duplicate of this question [https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/14551/arjuna-and-subhadra-marriage]. This question was about the story of the marriage. It has nothing to do with the Dharmic dilemma.

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    In Arjuna's case one thing is diff.. Kunti was adopted by Kunti Bhoj..may be some rule diff for such cases..but Krishna's son, grandson too married daughter of their maternal uncle..
    – YDS
    Commented Aug 19, 2021 at 9:30
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    @YDS Yes, the Kunti Bhoj point is a valid point in the case of Arjuna. Commented Aug 19, 2021 at 9:48
  • @YDS but Pradyumna also married daughter of Rukmini, so did Aniruddha. I think the marriage with only paternal cousin is prohibited due to gotra reason. Commented Aug 20, 2021 at 12:42
  • See these instances...looks like such marriages were common in kings at least..
    – YDS
    Commented Aug 20, 2021 at 14:01
  • cos they were not blood-related cos kunti was adopted. also for gandharva vivaha of kshatriyas, maybe there are exceptions ?
    – ram
    Commented Oct 26, 2022 at 2:49

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Both arjuna and kruShNa belonged to puru-yadu > yayAti > soma family i.e. Lunar dynasty which was heterodox family (as one can find many controversies like soma-tAra-brihaspati issue, in musaLa parva kruShNa himself says that yadus are burden for the earth and hence need to be eliminated, etc.)

On the other hand surya > manu > ikshvaku >... family was an orthodox family and hence one cannot find such cousing marriages in that family in epics.


Sri Krishna knew this marriage is not in accordance to dharma, but as omniscient he was, he knew only through Subhadra, Pandava's lineage would survive, which indeed happened, as Abhimanyu's son Parikshit was sole survivor. So, in bhagavata purana, it specifically says, that even though it was adharma, shree krishna allowed it.

-Puri Shankaracharya ji. I saw it in one of his videos.

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    Which video? You have to give the source to that.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 5:25
  • @TheLittleNaruto my bad, the video actually doesnt say exactly that, i misunderstood. Though it may indicate it. Check the video youtu.be/OYh5l1URJcM
    – Rudra
    Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 5:46
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    Sorry I donot have strength to watch full video and make out where exactly Puri Shankaracharya said that. As you said, he didn't exactly say that, it means your answer is mere your assumption and with no sources. Hence will be deleted.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 7:04
  • @Rudra , Shri Krishna had taken avatar to destroy adharma and to establish dharma , why would he tolerate adharma? Commented Oct 26, 2022 at 10:26
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    @AmritenduMukhopadhyay as i said in the above comments, its not about subhadra and arjuna but in bhagavata, its about one of shree krishna's sons marriage to nephew of Rukmini. Check the video in the link shared above.
    – Rudra
    Commented Nov 2, 2022 at 14:24

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