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  • Name , Rukmi 
    Gender Male 
    Ancient Hindu Kingdom Vidarbha, Ancient Kingdoms, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I266  Hindu Puran Genealogy Tree
    Last Modified 13 Oct 2012 

    Father Bhishmaka 
    Family ID F133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    +1. Rukmavati
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2012 
    Family ID F118  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

      Rukmi (Marathi रुक्मी) (Telugu: రుక్మి) was the ruler of Vidarbha according to the epic Mahābhārata. He was the son of king Bhishmaka and elder brother of Rukmini. Krishna married Rukmini by abducting her from the Vidarbha kingdom, though Rukmi wanted to give her as bride to Chedi king Shishupala. He fought with Krishna, but was defeated. When Krishna was about to kill him, Rukmini fell at Krishna's feet and begged that spare her brother's life. Generous as always, Krishna agreed and let Rukmi go free, but not before having his head shaved as a shameful visible sign of a warrior's defeat.
      Rukmi never returned to his capital Kundinapuri in Vidarbha. Instead he created another capital called Bhojakata to the west of Kundina and started ruling the country from there.
      Rukmi later became friends with Krishna. However Rukmi was not accepted by Arjuna or Duryodhana as an ally in the Kurukshetra War, because of his boastfulness. Thus Rukmi's Vidarbha army stayed away from the Kurukshetra War, becoming a neutral army in the encounter between the Kauravas and the Pandavas.

  • Sources 
    1. [S61] WIKI.Rukmi, Wiki, (Wikipedia),

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