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It was not necessary that the man has to be dead for Niyog. Even when the man was alive but for some reason could not have a child himself, he himself could propose his wife for Niyog and in such situations the wife had to agree for it as she thought herself responsible to extend the family line of her husband. There are many such examples in our scriptures.
(2) Another example of such Niyog is also from Mahaabhaarat, when Kuntee and Maadree had their five sons from Devtaa.
(3) The earliest example is when Parashuraam Jee emptied Prithvi from Kshatriya after killing them 21 times, then from where the Kshatriya race started? The fact is that most Ksahtriya women requested Braahman to give them children.
See for more such examples "Kings who got Children from Rishi"
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 12/08/12