Now, don't start throwing tomatoes at me guys, because I assure you, I LOVE both Ramji and Krishnaji - a lot, but this doubt has been playing in my mind for awhile now and I wanted to know your reasoning behind it. I don't think there is any 'correct' answer for it, but the explanations you all think to be true may clear my doubt.
I am basically confused about one thing. Lord Ram demonstrated in his Ram Avatar, that the ideal for every man must be "one word, one wife", meaning that a man should never lie in his lifetime and he should also stay devoted to one woman. Ramji considered both these ideals to be most important, because for the sake of honoring his father's word, he went on 14 year Vanvaas and even when he sent Sitaji on exile in Uttar Kand, he had a golden statue of Sita Ma made instead of remarrying someone else for the Ashvamedh Yagna, even when the praja wanted him to remarry.
Ramji set this ideal for a reason, right? It is because he wanted everyone to follow this ideal and attain moksha.
If Ramji set such a strict ideal, why did Lord Krishna go contradictory to that ideal and marry 16,108 Princesses?
Like I wrote above, I love Lord Krishna a lot and I do not condemn his actions at all, but am just confused.
Both Ram and Krishna are equally important Avatars, and people follow the example of both Avatars.
But a genuinely confused man would be stumped once he gets to the wife part, wouldn't he? Ram said 'one wife' alone gives a man eternal glory, Krishna married more than one wife...so what do people follow? Would it be right for a man to marry more than one wife by taking Krishna as an example? After all, Krishna is also God.
I have a theory playing in my mind about this, but want to hear your explanations first.