Abduction of Rukmini: Krishna Tied the Hands of Rukma, from a Bhagavata Purana

Abduction of Rukmini: Krishna Tied the Hands of Rukma, from a Bhagavata Purana

c. 1640

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Page: 16.9 x 20 cm (6 5/8 x 7 7/8 in.); Miniature: 14 x 17.8 cm (5 1/2 x 7 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.127

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The white Balarama slayed two of Rukma’s followers with his plow.

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Krishna eloped with Rukmini against her brother Rukma’s will. Rukma, in the striped tunic (jama), soon chased him down and challenged him to a battle. Knowing that Krishna would murder her brother, Rukmini pleaded with Krishna to spare his life, so Krishna tied his hands with a piece of cloth, and Krishna’s brother Balarama later freed him.

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