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SB 10.52.18

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda

TEXT 18

śrī-rājovāca
bhagavān bhīṣmaka-sutāṁ
rukmiṇīṁ rucirānanām
rākṣasena vidhānena
upayema iti śrutam


SYNONYMS

śrī-rājā uvāca—the King (Parīkṣit Mahārāja) said; bhagavān—the Supreme Lord; bhīṣmaka-sutām—the daughter of Bhīṣmaka; rukmiṇīm—Śrīmatī Rukmiṇī-devī; rucira—charming; ānanām—whose face; rākṣasena—called Rākṣasa; vidhānena—by the method (namely, by kidnapping); upayeme—He married; iti—thus; śrutam—heard.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


TRANSLATION

King Parīkṣit said: The Supreme Lord married Rukmiṇī, the beautiful-faced daughter of Bhīṣmaka, in the Rākṣasa style—or so I have heard.


PURPORT

Śrīla Śrīdhara Svāmī quotes the following smṛti statement: rākṣaso yuddha-haraṇāt. "A Rākṣasa marriage takes place when the bride is stolen from one's rival suitors by force." Similarly, Śukadeva Gosvāmī himself has already said, rājñaḥ pramathya: Kṛṣṇa had to beat down opposing kings to take Rukmiṇī.



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