how many wife did king dasharatha have? | How many wives did King Dasharath have in Ramayana?

By Ved Prakash N | Oct 08, 2023 | Ram ji - Treta Yuga
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How many wife's / wives did King Dasharath have in Ramayana? ( Hindi: Raja Dasharath ke kitni patniya thi ? )

Answer: Three ( 3 ) wives Raja Dasharath had. They are Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi.

According to the Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa of the Ramayana (in chapter 34, verses 10–13)
  1. King Dasharatha had around 350 wives
  2. Dasharath had three wives Kaushalya , Sumitra and Kaikeyi.
  3. However he also had 350 more wives but he didn't marry them for sense gratification. The actual reason why he married 350 princesses was Parashuram. Lord Parashuram had taken a vow to free the Earth from Kshatriyas however he wouldn't kill a Kshatriya who was newly married so whenever Parashuram passed by Ayodhya, Dasharath married a princess to save himself.

Note: Don't forget that he had children with only his 3 main wives not with the others which means he didn't marry them for lust.

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