Polygamy in
Hinduism
Polygamy in Hinduism
When you read various holy books of
Hindu religion, you find stories of many
kings and lords having m...
Polygamy in Hinduism
man marries more than one woman, it is
known as polygyny. When a woman
marries more than one man, it ...
Polygamy in Hinduism
all the husbands of a woman are
brothers and in the later all the
husbands are not related.
Social Ac...
Polygamy in Hinduism
same work or business). It also allowed
them to have stronger political ties with
the kings.
In some ...
Polygamy in Hinduism
the women of lower caste was
permitted, provided the first wife was
from the same caste. The Vishnu S...
Polygamy in Hinduism
Legal Status of Polygamy
While the traditional Hindu law
permitted polygamy only in the case the
firs...
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Polygamy In Hinduism

The polygamy as well as plural marriage was practiced earlier by men and women, but now it is not valid in the law and it is term as infidelity and curse to self-worth of women in the society. Now the polygamist and the person indulging in bigamy are liable to be punished
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  • 1. Polygamy in Hinduism
  • 2. Polygamy in Hinduism When you read various holy books of Hindu religion, you find stories of many kings and lords having more than one wife. For example, king Dasratha (father of lord Rama) has had three wives. The lord Krishna was believed to have about 16000 Gopiyan (beloved wives). The marriage, in which a person has more than one spouse, is known as polygamy. Here are a few important facts about polygamy: Two Types of Polygamy The polygamy is classified according to marriage of a man or a woman. When a Page 2 of 8
  • 3. Polygamy in Hinduism man marries more than one woman, it is known as polygyny. When a woman marries more than one man, it is known as polyandry. The bigamy is a form of polygamy. Polygyny may also of be of two types: sororal polygyny and non-sororal polygyny. In case of the sororal polygyny the co-wives are generally real sisters; but in case of non-sororal polygamy the co-wives are not sisters or they are not related to each other at all. On the same lines the polyandry is also of two types: fraternal polyandry and non-fraternal polyandry. In the former, Page 3 of 8
  • 4. Polygamy in Hinduism all the husbands of a woman are brothers and in the later all the husbands are not related. Social Acceptance of Polygamy The system of plural marriage or polygamy has been accepted in various societies of the world. In some societies, being polygamist is a symbol of power, status and wealth. In ancient times, it was believed that if men having more wives will produce more children and it ultimately provide them productive workforce (where all the members of family were involved in Page 4 of 8
  • 5. Polygamy in Hinduism same work or business). It also allowed them to have stronger political ties with the kings. In some societies, the brother used to marry the widow of his brother. This was intended to support the widows and her children. This also maintained the stronger family ties. Thus, the polygamy has been accepted by the various societies. Religious Acceptance of Polygamy Various holy books of Hindu religion mention the existence of polygamy. Even the second marriage with … Page 5 of 8
  • 6. Polygamy in Hinduism the women of lower caste was permitted, provided the first wife was from the same caste. The Vishnu Smriti mentions the number of wives to be kept by men as per the caste system. So, the Brahmin could have four wives, while Kshatriya and Vaishya could have three and two respectively. The Shudra were not permitted for polygamy. According to Manusmriti, the second wife was permitted to be kept when the first one was unable to perform religious duties or was unable to bear a son. The famous epic Mahabharata give a glimpse of polyandry where Draupadi had 5 husbands. Page 6 of 8
  • 7. Polygamy in Hinduism Legal Status of Polygamy While the traditional Hindu law permitted polygamy only in the case the first wife was unable to bear a son. But, according to recent Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, the plural marriage is not at all allowed. It can’t be accepted as a way of life, rather it is termed as infidelity. The children born out of second marriage may get claim the sustenance from the father, but the second wife has no status when first one is alive and marriage is not dissolved by law. This is a setback to the self-worth of ladies. Page 7 of 8
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