Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Rukmi - Prince of the Bhojas


Rukmi was the son of King Bhishmaka of the Bhoja Kingdom. He wanted his sister Rukmini to marry his friend Shishupala, the King of Chedi, but she loved Krishna and informed him that she was being coerced into a marriage. Krishna abducted her when she was on her way to a temple outside the city.

Rukmi caught up with the eloping couple and gave battle. Despite his best efforts he was defeated in battle, escaping with his life due to the intervention of his sister. Unable to brook the humiliation, he did not return to his kingdom, but established a new city called Kundina and ruled from there.

He first offered his services to the Pandavas before the battle for Kurukshetra, but they rejected his offer, not liking the boastful way he made it. He then tried to join the Kaurava camp instead, who also would have nothing to do with him, their spies having informed them about his earlier attempt to ally with the Pandavas. Thus, unwillingly, he was one of the few kings of note who took no part in the great battle of Kurukshetra.

Last Modified At: Thu Mar 31 13:09:02 2005