Chapter 60 Rukmini Went with Krishna and Rukma was Insulted
Rukmini, a princess of unrivalled beauty, grace, and character, was the sole child of Vidarbha’s monarch Bhismaka and the only daughter of his five sons.
She wanted to marry Krishna and the urge became stronger every day after learning about his fame. All of her family members supported the plan, with the exception of her eldest brother Rukma, the heir apparent, who had no romantic feelings for Krishna.
Rukma urged his father to wed Rukmini to Sisupala, the king of Chedi, rather than giving her in marriage to the monarch of Dwaraka. Due to the king’s advanced age, Rukmini appeared to be forced to wed Sisupala as Rukma’s opinion gained sway. Due to her Lakshmi incarnation, Rukmini had Krishna’s heart in her entirety. She was worried that her father wouldn’t be able to stop the unpleasant marriage since he would be powerless in the face of her tyrannical brother.
Rukmini decided to find a way out of her situation by using all of her mental might. She sought advice from a brahmana, whom she despatched as her ambassador to Krishna after letting go of all girlish restraint, instructing him to inform her lover of the situation and ask for assistance.
As a result, the brahmana travelled to Dwaraka to deliver to Krishna Rukmini’s heartbreaking situation and her entreaty as well as the letter she had delivered via him.
This is how the letter read: “You are already regarded as the master and Bhagwan by the heart. I thus want you to assist me immediately before Sisupala forcibly removes me. You must come here tomorrow since the situation won’t tolerate further delays. You will face resistance from Sisupala’s and Jarasandha’s soldiers, which you will need to defeat in order to obtain me. May you succeed as the victors and catch me! I am heading to the temple with my entourage to worship Parvati as part of the wedding festivities since my brother has chosen to wed me to Sisupala. The ideal time for you to arrive and save me would be then. If you do not show up, I will terminate my life so that I can at least be beside you when I give birth again.”
After reading this, Krishna jumped on his chariot. Kundinapura, the capital of Vidarbha, was lavishly decked at the king’s request, and plans for the princess’s nuptials to Sisupala were well under way. The chosen bridegroom and his companions, who were all ardent foes of Krishna, had already gathered in the city. All by himself, Balarama learned about Krishna’s unexpected and covert departure.
Knowing it had to do with the Vidarbha king’s daughter, he quickly gathered a sizable army and moved on to Kundinapura out of fear that Krishna would be surrounded by terrible foes who were out for his blood.
Rukmini left her apartments and entered the temple, where there was a sacred ceremony, in procession with her entourage.
Rukmini begged Devi in a prayer for her help, “Oh Devi, I bow down in front of you because you are aware of my devotion. Please permit Krishna to support me.”
Rukmini saw Krishna’s chariot as soon as she exited the temple and dashed as quickly as a needle to the attraction. She escaped and boarded his chariot. To the surprise of everyone, Krishna jumped into the chariot and drove off with her.
Rukma, the heir apparent, was informed of the incident by the servants who had run to him. Rukma vowed, “I will not go without slaying Janardana,” and he and his army set out to find Krishna. However, Balarama had already arrived with his army, therefore a massive fight between the two opposing forces took place in which the enemy was completely beaten. Balarama and Krishna triumphantly made their way back to their ancestral house, where Rukmini and Krishna were married according to the customs.
The vanquished Rukma, ashamed to return to Kundinapura, constructed Bhojakata, a new city under his control, just where he and Krishna engaged in combat. Rukma sent a massive troop to the Kurukshetra fight after learning about it.
He extended assistance to the Pandavas in the hope that he could gain Vasudeva’s favour in this way.
“Oh Pandavas, the opposing forces are quite strong, he remarked to Dhananjaya. I’m here to support you. If you give me the command, I will assault the desired area of the opponent formation. I am strong enough to assault Bhishma, Kripa, or even Drona. I’ll bring you success. Just let me know what you want.”
Dhananjaya chuckled and then turned to Vasudeva.
“Oh, Bhojakata monarch, we are not frightened by the bulk of the opposing army. We don’t need or really want your assistance. You are free to leave or remain however you like.”
Rukma was furious and ashamed at this point, so he led his troops to Duryodhana’s camp. The Pandavas rejected the help I gave, thus. To Duryodhana, he said. “My forces are available for your use.”
Duryodhana cried, “Is it not after the Pandavas denied your help that you have come here? I am not in such severe need yet as to celebrate their departure.”
Rukma was humiliated by both sides as a result and went back to his kingdom without engaging in combat. There are several types of neutrality in a war.
It may result from self-interest and pride, or it might be the result of sincere resistance to war. Others, though, may remain distant out of timidity or simple laziness.
Because of his devotion to peace, Balarama remained impartial during the Mahabharata War. Rukma, on the other hand, chose not to participate due to his hubris. He focused on personal glory rather than operating in accordance with the dharma, therefore neither side wanted him.
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This historical epic Mahabharat is known as fifth Veda. It is a common misconception spread by mlecchas; muslims and christian missionaries, and secular Hindus that reading Mahabharat or keeping it at home will likely lead to arguments and fighting. All of this misinformation was spread by illiterate mlecchas and anti-Hindus, and it is completely incorrect. It is done to mentally weaken Hindus so that they avoid reading Mahabharat. Because Mahabharat invokes bravery, pride and sense of confidence in Hindus.
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