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Rukmini writing letter
Title Rukmini writing letter
Museum Name Indian Museum, Kolkata
Gallery Name N.A.
Object Type Decorative Art
Main Material Watercolour on Paper
Main Artist A.N.Tagore
Period / Year of Work 1871-1951
Dimensions L. 21.4cm, B. 18cm
Brief Description This is an episode from the udyoga Parvan of Mahabharata. As the story goes, Rukmini the charming and beautiful daughter of Vidarbha king Bhishmaka was forced by her brother Rukma to marry Shishupala, the cruel ruler of Chedi, Rukmini, who was an incarnation of Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, wanted to marry Krishna. She arranged to send her messenger with a letter to Krishna, explaining her helplessness against the wishes of her brother. The painting illustrates Rukmini, bedecked with yellow ordni and green and blue dress writing the letter. The room illuminated by a lamp. She is trying to inform him that she would be visiting the Devi temple as part of the marriage ritual. Krishna responded to the message and rescued her from Shishupala.