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Why Rukmi Did Not Participate in the Mahabharata War?

Rukmi, the brother of Rukmini, wife of Sri Krishna did not participate in the Mahabharata war. He along with Balarama (elder brother of Sri Krishna) were the two important warriors of the era who did not partake in the 18-day Kurukshetra war. Rukmi did not participate in the war because he was rejected by Pandavas and Kauravas.

Who was Rukmi and His Weakness

Rukmi was the son of King Bhishmaka and the ruler of Vidarbha. His downfall was his boastful character.

Arjuna Rejects Rukmi

For the preparation of the impending war, Arjuna visited Krishna at Dwarka. Rukmi who was present there thought that Arjuna desperately wanted the help of Krishna because he was afraid of Kauravas. Rukmi told Arjuna that he had a great bow in his possession which was blessed by the Devas and with him, on his side, Arjuna need not worry about the end result of the war.

Arjuna did not like the boastfulness of Rukmi. The brother-in-law of Krishna had indirectly hinted that Arjuna was afraid of Kauravas. Arjuna retorted back by saying that Rukmi was not needed on his side and he can manage without him.

Kauravas Too Decline

An insulted Rukmi then approached Duryodhana. The Kauravas turned him away saying they cannot accept a person who was rejected by Pandavas.

Thus Rukmi did not participate in the Mahabharata war.

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