“While Rukmini was being given in charity to Shishupala, she was snatched from the marriage arena by Krishna, exactly as Garuda snatched the pot of nectar from the demons. Rukmini, the only daughter of King Bhishmaka, was exquisitely beautiful. She was known as Ruchiranana, which means ‘one who has a beautiful face, expanding like a lotus flower.’” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 51)
“I was thinking the other day about the story of the marriage of Rukmini to Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. I’ve heard it explained as the rakshasa style of marriage, which is not uncommon for that time period. There are the traditional styles, where the parents make arrangements or the father of the bride selects a groom after consulting with certain advisors.
“In this instance, there were rivals on the scene and Krishna snatched…
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