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Is Lord Krishna A Feminist-Purushottam?

Why Krishna is the much loved and revered incarnation? Well, he was a ladies' man: the apple of the eye of his mothers; to fulfil his duties, towards whom he let go the love of his life, Radha! The crush of all the gopis, all of whom were spell bound by his flute's music, he has an unsurpassed charisma!

Why Krishna is the much loved and revered incarnation?

Well, he was a ladies’ man:

The apple of the eye of his mothers; to fulfil his duties, towards whom he let go the love of his life, Radha!

The crush of all the gopis, all of whom were spell bound by his flute’s music, were enlightened after their initiation in the spiritual love and were left satisfied after getting their individual dances with the object of their affection during ras-leela; (he educated all in this kind of asexual love as a child of 11).

The love of Radha’s life, who happily and smilingly exchanged gender roles with his beloved and dressed as her without the fear of public ridicule and questioning of his manhood!

The deity for Meera, who gave her the spiritual insight and strength for enduring the poison of accuses and hardships forced down her throat!

The sakha of Draupadi, who established that a boy and a girl can be “just friends” ensuring a healthy, friendly heterosexual relationship post their marriages.

The supporting brother who helped his sister, Subhadra elope by abducting the love of her life, Arjuna when she was being forced into a marriage against her wishes.

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The rescuer of his 16,100 wives, who were rescued by Krishna only from the demon Narakasura, and the acceptance of all of them were ensured by him in the society.

His love for Radha didn’t malign her image, but raised her stature;

His friendship with Draupadi prevented her disrobing, when the best men of that century, including her husbands, stood crying at their incompetence in shame.

He didn’t heed to society’s pressuring demands

His polygamy didn’t support desertion at society’s call but changing and equalling the existing order of the society by supporting Draupadi’s polyandry as well without smudging her face with The Scarlet Letter.

The love Meera felt for Him ranked her among the ascetics of the highest order and not a wayward wife.

In a world where women commit suicide because of unfulfilled promises,

In a world where women are overburdened and suffer Domestic Atrocities,

In a world where one-sided jilted friends cum lovers throw acids,

In a world, where brothers kill their sister for honour,

In a world, where non-virgins are culprits and not marriageable,

Isn’t, Krishna the ideal man to follow?

Isn’t he the “Purushottam”?

Isn’t he also a god from our much revered mythology?

And have we learnt and promoted all the wrong lessons from our culture and mythology?

I wonder.

Image source: Still from clip of राधाकृष्ण on youtube, edited on CanvaPro

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Dr. Nishtha Mishra

Dr. Nishtha Mishra is an internationally published author. She is a Doctorate in English Literature from one of the reputed Central Universities. She has been an all round topper and has 5 gold medals to read more...

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