In the previous episode, we had witnessed the final few points of discussion under the Shri Vishnu Puraana project wherein we had spoken at length on how things would span out in the Kali Yuga. We had witnessed Sage Paraashara narrate an anecdote involving Sage Veda-Vyaasa and how Sage Vyaasa conceptualized the Kali Yuga. In fact, this particular anecdote of Sage Vyaasa paves the way for our next upcoming mega-project, which would be unveiled very soon. In fact, I’ve condensed the Shri Vishnu Puraana project a bit because there would be a lot of repetitions that would come along in our next project. Hence, I thought of combining the two, so that readers wouldn’t feel bored. Of course, I had given a lot of emphasis on the Shri Krishna Avatara, even though we had witnessed it at length in our previous Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana project. Obviously, experiencing Bhagawan Krishna and His divine “Leelas” are a treat to all spiritual aspirants and hence, I had opted to re-experience this particular section in detail during this Shri Vishnu Puraana project as well. So for now, let us apply the concluding touches to our Shri Vishnu Puraana project by witnessing the “Rukmini Kalyana” event. We’re going to witness how Bhagawan Krishna married Rukmini Devi against so many odds stacked up against both of them. Let us enjoy this event and thus conclude the Shri Vishnu Puraana project.
As we had witnessed in our earlier projects as well – both in the Ramayana and Bhaagawatha Puraana, whenever Bhagawan Vishnu incarnates in this world, He makes sure that His divine consortium, Goddess Mahalakshmi too incarnates along with Him. Thus, we can witness here that both Bhagawan Vishnu and Goddess Mahalakshmi together bless the entire world, and not individually. It is for this reason, both of them get married to each other, whenever they incarnate. During the Ramayana project, we had witnessed how Bhagawan Rama marries Mother Sita at an elaborate wedding ceremony arranged by King Janaka and King Dasharata together. Similarly here also, Bhagawan Krishna is wanting to marry Rukmini Devi, who is none other Goddess Mahalakshmi incarnated in this world. However, the marriage wasn’t as simple and straightforward as it was for Bhagawan Rama. There were several odds stacked up against the divine couple, and we’re going to witness how Bhagawan Krishna defeats all the odds to attain His divine consortium, Rukmini Devi.
Rukmini Devi was born to the king of Vidharba, by name Rukmi. King Rukmi was kind hearted in nature, but the only problem with him was that he wanted to marry his daughter, Rukmini to Sishupala, who was Bhagawan Krishna’s nephew. Somehow, King Rukmi had this desire to do so, probably because Sishupala would have used his wicked powers to blackmail him. However, Rukmini Devi in due course, came to know of Bhagawan Krishna through some of her friends in her courtyard. She heard of Bhagawan Krishna being handsome and divine in nature, and how He performed all the divine “Leelas” during His childhood days at Gokula. Also, Rukmini Devi understood how Bhagawan Krishna killed Kamsa and chased Jarasantha away with His divine powers. She also knew that Bhagawan Krishna is currently the king of a great kingdom called Dwaraka, and all of this slowly and steadily prompted Rukmini Devi to start falling in love with Bhagawan Krishna. She decided within herself that she would marry nobody else, except Him. In other words, she was so steadfast that if at all a marriage happens to her in this lifetime, it should be with Bhagawan Krishna and nobody else.
Rukmini Devi knew of her father’s plan of getting her married to Sishupala. Immediately she tried confronting him and expressed her anguish for the same. However, King Rukmi had made up his mind steadily. He is not going to back out of his decision of marrying her off to Sishupala. Poor Rukmini Devi was helpless at this point and she started weeping profusely. She thus exhibited complete surrender to Bhagawan Krishna and exclaimed thus, “Oh Krishna! If it is true that I’m totally in love with you and nobody else, if it is true that I’ve never even thought of another man other than you in my life so far, if it is true that I’m having this opportunity to marry you in this birth, please come to me and save me from this disaster that is about to happen!”
Meanwhile, King Rukmi is also making fast attempts to fix her marriage with Sishupala. The date was fixed in a jiffy and King Rukmi started sending invitations to all the kings around. So what is Bhagawan Krishna’s response going to be? Is He going to understand and accept Rukmini Devi’s unconditional surrender to Him? Let us wait for the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂