Krishna moved from Mathura to the island kingdom of Dwarka. His fame as the warrior who stood up against tyranny spread far and wide and won him the admiration of Rukmini, princess of Vidarbha. Determined to marry Krishna, and not the man selected by her brother, Rukmini secretly sent a letter to Krishna requesting him to accept her as his wife. Krishna agreed and managed to carry her off in his chariot right before her kinsmen's eyes. Rukmini became Krishna's chief queen and the mother of his sons.
Once, Krishna picked up his bow and prepared to do battle with the demon Naraka, who claimed he could be killed by no man. Rukmini, who had always wanted to watch Krishna fight, decided to accompany him. Together they rode into battle. The battle was fierce. Naraka and Krishna attacked each other with missiles but the demon stood his ground. Naraka finally hurled a mace at Krishna which hit Rukmini instead. Enraged, Rukmini picked up Krishna's mace and hurled it at Naraka. The weapon cracked the demon's skull and killed him instantly. And so it was that the demon who could be killed by no man was killed by a woman, Krishna's queen, Rukmini.
Rukmini Haran by Krishna
Rukmini, daughter of king Bhishmak of Kundinpur, had fallen in love with Krishna. So, her father decided to, marry her off to Krishna. But Rukmi , her brother, was dead against this marriage. He wanted her to marry another prince named Shishupal. The old king Bhishmak had to agree to what his son Rukmi wanted. So, he sent a message to Shishupal to come with a marriage party. Rukmini, too, sent a secret letter to Krishna to come and save her. So, Krishna had reached Kundinpur earlier than Shishupal came with the marriage-party. Balram too followed Krishna with a large army. A few hours before the marriage ceremony, Rukmini came out of the palace for worship of Mother Goddess in a temple. Krishna seated her in his chariot and made for Dwarika. Shishupal and Rukmi followed Krishna with their armies but Balram barred them on the way and defeated their armies. So, they had to return disappointed and ashamed. Krishna, on reaching Dwarika, duly married Rukmini according to religious rites. Victorious Balram too returned to Dwarika soon.
A powerful noble named Satrajit lived in Dwarika. He had worshipped Sun god and the god was pleased with him. So, he gave a divine jewel to Sarajit which the noble was very proud of. Krishna had once or twice asked the noble for the jewel but to be refused only. One day Prasenjit, Satrajit's brother, went for a game in a nearby forest. He had taken the jewel with him too. There he had to confront a (ion and was killed along with his horse. As Prasenjit did not return, Satrajit blamed Krishna of his murder for the sake of the jewel. So, Krishna proceeded to the forest to bring the reality to tight. Reaching the forest he found the dead bodies of Prasenjit and his horse. But close by, he saw a lion lying dead as well. Not only this, he sported some footprints leading into a nearby cave. Jambvant, who had killed the lion and taken away the jewel, lived in that cave. Krishna went into the cave and asked Jambvant to hand over the jewel to him. On his refusal, a combat ensued that went on for 28 days and finally Jambvant accepted Krishna's superiority. So, Jambvant returned the jewel to Krishna and also gave his daughter Jambvati to Krishna in marriage. Krishna handed over the jewel to Satrajit who felt so ashamed that he, too, gave his daughter, Satyabhama, to Krishna.
Kidnap of Rukmini by Lord Krishna
Bheeshmaka, the king of Vidarbha had two children, Prince Rukmi and Princess Rukmini. Bheeshmaka had heard many stories of Krishna 's valor and secretly wished him to be his son-in-law. He knew that it might not be possible as Kamsa's father in law, Jarasandha, was their overlord and he was Krishna 's sworn enemy.
Now Rukmi was a friend of Kamsa and owed his allegiance to Jarasandha. He wanted his younger sister to marry Shishupala, the crown prince of Chedi, who also was favored by Jarasandha.
Rukmini had heard stories of Krishna 's valour from her childhood and she had her heart set on marrying him. When she heard that Rukmi had chosen Shishupala for her, she resolved that she would only marry Krishna or die. She sent for her trusted aid Sunanda, a wise old Brahman. She wrote a note to Krishna telling him that he was the only husband for her and asked if he would come and take her away. She wrote to him, that if he wouldn't have her, she would give up her life. She also begged him that he spare the lives of her family whilst kidnapping her. She wrote that on the day of the wedding, she would go to the temple of the Goddess Parvati (their family deity) and if he would, that was the right time to kidnap her. She sent Sunanda with the note to Dwarka ( Krishna 's new fortress home).
Krishna had heard a lot about Rukmini's beauty too. He longed to have her but wasn't sure if he should approach her family, as they owed their allegiance to Jarasandha. Upon receiving the message from her, he resolved to kidnap her. Now Jarasandha who knew that Krishna might try something like that to humiliate him, filled Vidarbha with people loyal to him.
Krishna went to Vidarbha first and Balrama followed with the army. On the wedding day, when Rukmini was leaving the temple, she looked in the crowds for Krishna . She did not see him. As she was about to enter her chariot and leave, she felt someone hold her from behind. It was Krishna . He lifted her into the chariot and sped away.
Jarasandha was furious. He rallied all his men and ordered them to chase Krishna . Jarasandha's men followed Krishna but were ambushed by Balrama and his army on the outskirts of the city. Now Rukmi managed to go through Balrama's army and catch up with Krishna and Rukmini. He swore that he would not return to his city without his sister.
Rukmi fired an arrow at Krishna, but it did not even make a dent in Krishna 's divine armour. Krishna then fired multiple arrows, which first killed Rukmi's horses and then shattered his chariot. Rukmi then picked up his bow again, but before he could fire, Krishna shot another arrow and shattered Rukmi's bow. Rukmi now mad with rage picked up his sword and ran towards Krishna . Krishna fired another arrow and split Rukmi's sword in two. Krishna then picked up his sword and was about to attack Rukmi when Rukmini begged her lord to spare her brother's life. On Rukmini's saying, Krishna spared Rukmi's life but cut half the hair on his head and half the moustache on his face, the worst insult a warrior could face, and then let him go. Krishna returned to Dwarka with Rukmini and made her his bride.
Lord Krishna & Rukmini
Lord Krishna & Rukmini, Bama
Rukmini Offering the Single Tulasi Leaf
while Lord Krishna Tulabaram
Lord Krishna, Rukmini & Sudama
Sudama (सुदामा) was a childhood friend of Krishna from Mathura, the story of whose visit to Dwaraka to meet Krishna, is mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana.
Sudama was from a poor Brahmin family, while Krishna was from the royal family. But this difference in social status did not come in the way of their friendship. They lost contact over the years and while Krishna became a military leader and King of great repute at Dwaraka, while Sudama stayed as a humble, and somewhat impoverished Brahmin living in a village .
Some time later when Sudama was going through some bad times, not even having enough money to feed his children, his wife reminded him of his friendship with Krishna.
Though initially reluctant to go to his friend for help, Sudama finally agrees to go. He leaves with nothing but some beaten rice tied in a cloth as a present. He remembers that beaten rice (powa/poha in Hindi) is Krishna’s favorite and decided to give this as a gift to the Lord.
Krishna is greatly pleased to see his old friend. He treats him royally and with much love. Overwhelmed by all this Sudama forgets to ask for what he actually came to ask. But the Lord realises what His friend needs, and the lord’s consort Rukmini incarnation of Lakshmi, gifts him with his desires. On his return journey, Sudama ponders his circumstances and is thankful for the great friend he has in Lord Krishna. When Sudama finally returns to his home, he finds a palatial mansion instead of the hut he had left. He also finds his family dressed in extremely nice garb and waiting for him. He lives an austere life after that, always thankful to the Lord.
Maharani Shree Yamunaji
Bhagavan Shri Krishna ’s Vraj Lila’s indispensable mates are Shri Radhikaji and Shri Yamunaji. Yamuna, is not merely a river, she is literally the fluid form of Bhakti, utter devotion, flowing eternally. She provides a path to those who seek Krishna sailing in the boat of devotion.
Yamunaji, is the daughter of SURYA (the Sun), sister of Yama (the Pluto – the God of death) & Shani (the Saturn). She landed from heavens on Earth to worship & serve her Lord’s Earthly incarnation as KRISHNA . She landed on the mount KALINDA in the Holy Himalayas . As her Earthly journey begins from KALINDA , she is also known as KALINDI – the daughter of Kalinda.
In his Vraj Lila, Bhagavan Shri Krishna has four most beloved sakhis or soul mates. They are Radhikaji, Yamunaji, Lalitaji and Chandravaliji. In his Rajasi Lila as Dwarikadhish (the emperor of Dwrika) Kalindi is one of his Pattarani - (Chief Wives) along with Rukmini, Satyabhama, Shaibya and Jambuvati.
During the Raasotsava when Shri Radhikaji was upset because of Shri Krishna’s sudden disappearance (to bring down the ego of other gopanganas), the Lord sent Shri Yamunaji in his own costume and ornaments; moreover she also looked like him (saarupya) to wipe away the gloom from Shri Radhikaji’s face. Since than Shri Yamunaji is always seen in clothes and ornaments similar to Shrinathji (Shri Krishna).
It was the Thakurani Ghat on the bank of the holy river Yamuna, where SHRI MAHAPRABHUJI received Brahm Sambandh Sambandh from SHRINATHJI (on the 11th day of the bright fort night of Shravana – the tenth month of Hindu Lunar Calendar ). THIS WAS THE BEGINNING OF PUSHTI MARG – THE PATH OF GRACE.
THUS SHRI YAMUNAJI HOLDS THE POSITION OF AN INTERMEDIATER BETWEEN KRISHNA AND HIS DEVOTEES. SHRI MAHAPRBHUJI HAS PRAISED HER GLORY IN ONE OF HIS DIVINE CREATIONS SHRI YAMUNASHTAKAM
Kauravas now commands Pandavas to strip themselves in the manner of slaves. Pandavas obey by stripping off their upper garments. Then Kauravas demand the same from Draupadi, who remains crying in her hour of test. Then to the horror of everybody present Dushasan proceeds to strip Draupadi off her Sari. Seeing her husbands unable or unwilling to help her, Draupadi prays to Lord Krishna to protect her modesty. Lord Krishna now works a miracle so that as Dushasan unwraps layers and layers of her sari, her sari keeps getting extended. Seeing Draupadi being violated so brazenly, Bheem in a roaring rage vows to tear open Dushasan’s breast one day and drink his blood. Finally a tired Dushasan backs off without being able to strip Draupadi.
King Dhritarastra came on the scene and gave everything back to the Pandavas and sent them home. Soon after that, despite warnings and protests from all sides, Duryodhana convinced Yudhistira to play dice again, and Yudhistira lost again. Thus to satisfy the terms of the wager, Kunti, the Pandavas and Droupadi went to the forest for twelve years, and spent a additional year incognito