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Rukmini

BY Mr Shiv Sagar June 16,2020
Rukmini

Other names: Rukmani, Krishna Rukmini, Rukmani Krishna 

Bhismak, King of Vidarbha had five sons and a daughter named Rukmani. The eldest son’s name was Rukmi. Rukmi was very ambitious. His skin colour was golden according to his name. To become rich, he made friends with Shishupal so that through him he could make contact with the valorous King of Magadh, Jarasandh.

Slowly and gradually Rukmani grew up into a lady. She had heard a lot about Lord Krishna and his beauty, virtue, strength and richness. Rukmani was herself very beautiful – People use to compare her with Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) whenever they would see her. She was also virtuous.

When she heard about Krishna, she started loving him and imagined him to be her husband. But her brother Rukmi was always with Shishupal and wanted her to marry him. He forced his father and convinced him to get Rukmani married to Shishupal and the marriage was fixed.

''Slowly and gradually Rukmani grew up into a lady. She had heard a lot about Lord Krishna’s beauty, virtue, strength and richness. Rukmani was herself very beautiful – People use to compare her with Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) whenever they would see her. She was also virtuous.''

Rukmani was very sad, as her wish was not fulfilled. As the day of the marriage came, Shishupal along with Jarasandh and few others came to the city to get her married. Rukmani caught hold of a faithful Brahmin and sent a letter to Krishna with him. She had written in the letter “Lotus-Eyed, I have accepted you as my husband in my soul.

The fox is taking a lion’s share away. Before the marriage, according to the custom, we will be going to the temple, that time I will come out of the guarded area and you will have to take me, if you will not take me away, I will stop eating and drinking and give away my life and you will be responsible for that.”

''She had written in the letter “Lotus-Eyed, I have accepted you as my husband in my soul. The fox is taking a lion’s share away. Before the marriage, according to the custom, we will be going to the temple, that time I will come out of the guarded area and you will have to take me, if you will not take me away, I will stop eating and drinking and give away my life and you will be responsible for that.''

Krishna saw that the marriage date was day after. He asked his charioteer Daruk to take him to Vidarbha. When Balram saw that Krishna is going alone, he took the army along with him and went behind Krishna. Just as Rukmani finished her pooja at Kuldevi Bhagwati’s temple, Krishna picked her up, made her sit on the chariot and took her away in front of Jarasandh and Shishupal.

Rukmi tried to follow them but Krishna caught hold of him and tied him at the back of the chariot and said, “Brother is needed when sister is getting married” (referring to a ritual in a marriage ceremony where the brother is required). 

On seeing Rukmani’s tearful eyes, he did not kill Rukmi. Balram’s army made Rukmi’s army run away. Rukmani was like Laxmi to Krishna, just as she is for Vishnu in Vaikunth lok. She lived in Dwarka as a shadow of Krishna.

''Krishna caught hold of him and tied him at the back of the chariot and said, “Brother is needed when sister is getting married” (referring to a ritual in a marriage ceremony where the brother is required). On seeing Rukmani’s tearful eyes, he did not kill Rukmi.''


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