Rukmini was the daughter of King
Bhishmaka of Vidarbha. She was as beautiful as she was good. She had fallen in love with
Krishna. She had the blessings of her father also. But her elder brother Rukmi would not
listen to her. He argued that Krishna was the son of a cowherd and belonged to a low
caste. He decided that she should marry a king, Shishupala by name. Rukmini wept in misery
and sent word to Krishna.
Krishna came to Vidarbha, put Rukmini in his chariot and made off for Dwaraka. Rukmi
and his army set out in fiercepursuit of Krishna. He insulted Krishna. But he and his army
could not face Krishna's arrows. Krishna felled Rukmi and went to Dwaraka. And there Sri
Krishna and Rukmini were happily married.
We all love Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, don's we? We celebrate it with great
joy.The festival of Narakachaturdashi marks the beginning of the celebrations of
Narakasura was the demon King of Pragjyotishapura. He was harassing all good and pious
people. Even the gods suffered at his hands. Krishna went to Pragjyotishapura. He
destroyed the formidable fortifications and entered the city. A huge army opposed him.
Krishna cut off the head of Narakasura with his 'Chakra' (or the wheel) just as dawn was
breaking. So, that day came to be known as Narakachaturdashi. All the land rejoiced. And
Krishna set free all the princesses whom Narakasura had thrown into prison.