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Book Review : ASHTAMAHISHI

We all know about Krishna and his miraculous deeds – Him defeating Kansa, Aiding the Pandavas in Mahabharat and a lot many. But not much is known about his personal life, especially his wives. This book throws light on that aspect of Krishna’s life.

We have often heard that Krishna had 16,108 wives but very few people know that only 8 of them were his principal wives who are known as the ‘Ashtamahishi’. The story describes how each of these women came into Krishna’s life. It shows the deep devotion each of them had for their husband and how Krishna too was equally devoted to each one of them. Other characters are also frequently mentioned in the storyline – The Pandavas, Kauravas, Draupadi, Subhadra, Kunti. Hence, we also get a glimpse of how Krishna was as a friend, brother, son, and guide.

It is a good read for anyone who wants to know more about the Blue-God or has interest in mythology but personally, I felt few integral aspects were missing in the book. It felt like equal importance was not given to the characters. Only Rukmini & Satyabhama were mentioned at large among all the 8 wives. The rest were somehow foreshadowed. Also, it was mentioned repeatedly that each of his wives was destined to marry Krishna and had a role in helping him bring Dharma in the world. But not much was explained as to what this purpose was for each of them.

The book does throw light on some lesser known events but a little more depth would have made it much better.

Rating – 3.5/5




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