Who were 16000 wives of Krishna? See I have not read Bhagvatam. I don’t know
much about it. But what I have heard is Lord Krishna freed present days Iraq. Yes, you
heard it right. Iraq was ruled by a person called Narakasoora. He had 16000 wives and
he made everybody miserable. The whole population was miserable. It’s in Iraq.
His son was Bhagdatta. And because of Bhagdatta that city came to be known as Baghdad! Surprised?!
So what Iraq has to face now, it has faced 5000-years ago also. 5000-years ago, Iraq
had same type of regime. In Kurdistan there are a hundred villages,
where there is not a single male because Saddam Hussein killed every male. In those hundred
villages, the amount of suffering people had! Only women were living then. It is chilling
that in this age such a demonic mind set can exist.
You may have heard about similar incidence in Uganda as well. Someone stored many skulls
in the fridge. Haven’t you heard this? Yah. And in Cambodia, millions of people, even
today there is an exhibition in Cambodia. One communist general in Cambodia, he told
everyone to go and do farming. And people didn’t know farming. People, who were businessmen,
who didn’t know anything about farming, he forced them. Those who said no, he killed
them off. Millions were killed. One-third of the population of Cambodia was killed by
one man. So such a demonic mindset existed 5000-years-ago
also. And he had married 16000 women, captured them, and made them his slaves. So when he
was slain by Sri Krishna, he freed them. The 16000 women then said now we will all commit
suicide. They all wanted to commit mass suicide. Because in those days there was a taboo about
woman without her husband. They were not having such a respect in the society, and especially
a wife of a demonic person has no respect. So they all told Krishna, “Because our families
will not take us because we have been married to this guy. And the world will not accept
us because they will see us as the wife of this demonic person who has destroyed the
lives of millions. So it is better we die.” Then Sri Krishna said to them, “No. I will
give my surname to you. You need not call yourself as so-and-so, wife of Narakasoora.
In that place you can call you are my wife. Because Krishna was a very well respected
and highly acknowledged person. Then, they can live with dignity so he said he gave dignity
to their life by giving his name or his sanction to be their husband or to treat him as husband.
This is one story, one aspect. So all those 16000 concubines were given a respectable
life by Sri Krishna by marrying them. He never lived with them!
Isn’t that such a noble thing he did? So he gave them new life. But his real wives
were Rookminy, Satyabhama, and Jambavathee.