Ashtamahishi by Radha Viswanath: Book Review

Title: Ashtamahishi: The Eight Wives of Krishna

Author: Radha Viswanath

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Publishing Date: 20th September 2018

My Rating: 3.5 stars

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I’ve read quite a few books accounting tales of Lord Krishna, his early life and his role in Mahabharata. Being a strong admirer of him myself, I want to read each and every story which details about his life and his personality. Even knowing and reading many stories and tales, it’s always pleasing to read some more of him.

Lord Krishna had 16,108 wives among of whom only eight were his principal wives called as Ashtamahishi or Ashtabharya, and other 16,100 were called as junior wives. Though various books have written on him and his role in Mahabharata war but very few talks about his personal life and his wives.

Ashtamahishi is a book which narrates how Krishna married his eight principal wives and his relationship with each of them. It is centered only on Krishna and his eight main wives namely Rukmani, Jambavati, Satyabhama, Kalindi, Mitravinda, Nagnajiti, Bhadra, and Lakshana.

This book beautifully details the warmth and passion with which Krishna is being loved by his all eight wives and how he totally reverts the same love equally. The portrayal and characterization of all the eight wives were all pleasing and endearing.

The plot has been intertwined with smooth and impressive narration and reading it was all satisfying.

If you want to know the stories and tales behind Krishna’s marriage to his eight principal wives and the circumstances that lead to these marriages. Also, if you’ve got the interest in mythological tales. Then, this book is for you.

 

Have you happened to read this book? or thinking of it lately?

Do share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

-Harshita

 

 

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