Revealing story of Lord Krishna how he Kidnapped Queen Rukmini on the day of Marriage
story of Lord Krishna how he Kidnapped Queen Rukmini on the day of Marriage
Lord Krishna is well-known for his antics and mischiefs as a kid. This set him apart from other kids who were far less mischievous and trouble to others than him. Krishna was a real pain in the neck for many when he was a young kid. He used to steal the clothes of gopis who were bathing in the pond, crack open earthen pots to eat ghee. But do you know that Krishna was a far more fun-loving person as he grew up to be an adult? Did you know that he kidnapped a princess on the day of her marriage?
Here is the tale of Lord Krishna and the kidnapped princess Rukhmini.
The king of Vidarbha, Bheeshmaka had two children Prince Rukhmi and Princess Rukhmini. The Prince was a close friend of Kansa who was an enemy of Krishna. Prince Rukhmi wanted his sister to marry Shishupal who was the crown prince of a region known as Chedi.
The ruler of Magadha, Jarasandha was also a friend of the Prince and wished for his alliance. While her brother was busy managing tasks of the land and in finding the perfect match for her, Princess Rukhmini already had her man chosen. She had heard tales of bravery and courage shown by Krishna for long and had in her heart decided to marry him. When news reached Rukhmini that her brother had picked Shishupal as her alliance and groom, she resolved that she will only marry Krishna or otherwise die.
She got her aide Sunanda, a wise old Brahmin, to write a note to Krishna. She expressed in the note that she wished to marry Krishna and that she had made him her husband in her heart. She asked Krishna to come before her marriage and take her away. She also asked Krishna to not harm any of her family members while he took her away.
Meanwhile, Krishna too had a liking for Rukhmini and had known her beauty for long. He too was interested in having her as his wife. But the fact that her family was associated with Kansa and Jarasandha made him hesitant of asking them for Rukhmini's hand in marriage.
Now that both the parties involved in the love equation were interested in eloping, a Bollywood style elope was planned. Krishna had to take the help of Balaram to take on the army of Prince Rukhmi. The Prince was set on killing Lord Krishna and taking his sister back. Since Krishna had vowed to not kill Rukhmi, he shot two arrows at him, one which cut the Princess hair in half and another which cut his moustache in half. This kind of embarrassment made Prince Rukhmi not continue the war and Krishna took with him Princess Rukhmini.
This art of snatching the bride from her wedding is what we read as the Rakshas-style of wedding in Hindu scriptures. Now that Krishna safely eloped with Rukhmini, he took her to Dwarka and the lovely couple married in style!