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Story Of Sri Krishna And Rukmini

The story of Sri Krishna and Rukmini is found in the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Sage Narada once revealed that Rukmini was an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and she was destined to get married to Sri Krishna in the Treta Yuga.

Rukmini was the daughter of King Bhishmaka of Vidarbha. The king had five sons and a daughter. Rukmini was the youngest and was noted for her beauty and piety. Rukmi, the eldest of the brothers, had married granddaughter of Jarasandha - king of Magadha and enemy of Sri Krishna

Jarasandha, Rukmi and Shishupala (prince of Chedi) had made an alliance to fight Sri Krishna. When Jarasandha asked Rukmi to get her sister married to Shishupala, he readily agreed without consulting Rukmini. He then arranged a namesake Swayamvara in which Sri Krishna was not invited.

Rukmini had grown up nursing the dream of getting married to Sri Krishna. She had heard the wonderful stories of Sri Krishna from her father and Sage Narada.

However, when Rukmini heard about her marriage being forcibly fixed to Shishupala, she was crestfallen. Her dream of marrying Sri Krishna was being throttled by her brother.

When she had no idea what to do next, a Brahmin visited her. He agreed to carry her message to Sri Krishna.

The Brahmin carried the message to Sri Krishna. The Yadavas were happy to hear about Rukmini’s interest.

They soon reached Vidarbha. Citizens and King Bhishmaka gave Sri Krishna a royal welcome. Rukmi became cautious and worried as there were rumours that Sri Krishna had arrived to abduct Rukmini.

The Brahmin carried the news of the arrival of Rukmini in Vidarbha. She was overjoyed.

Rukmini, the bride, then visited the temple of Mother Goddess and found Sri Krishna waiting for her in his chariot. She slowly moved towards the chariot and in a flash was lifted by Sri Krishna into the chariot. The loves drew past a stunned Rukmi and other princess.

The crowd that had assembled was happy to see their princess finding the perfect match.

But Rukmi and other princes attempted to chase the lovers but were stopped by the Yadavas headed by Balarama.

Rukmi did reach the chariot of Sri Krishna and Rukmini. But the arrogant prince was easily overpowered by Sri Krishna. Rukmi got his life back as Rukmini did not want any bloodshed.

The lovers were given a royal welcome in Dwaraka and the royal marriage was conducted in a grand scale.