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Rukmi (रूक्मी) was Bhoja-Yadava king of Vidarbha Kingdom who ruled from his capital city viz Bhojakata and was the only ruler who did not take part in Mahabharata war neither with Kauravas nor with Pandavas. Bhojakata is situated to the western boundary of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra state of India.

Jat Gotras from Rukmi

Raikwar (रैकवार) - Raikwar gotra Jats are descendants of Maharaja Rukmi (रूक्मी). [1]


Rukmini was a royal princess of Vidarbha kingdom and sister of Rukmi. Rukmi, a powerful prince was an enemy of Krishna and did not want his sister to betroth his archerival. Instead, he wanted her to marry his dear friend, the mighty Sisupala, the King of Chedi.

Bhojakata was the capital of Rukmi a Bhoja-Yadava king of Vidarbha Kingdom. Rukmi wanted his sister Rukmini to be married by the Chedi king Shishupala. But she was in love with Vasudeva Krishna. Krishna abducted Rukmini against the will of Rukmi. Then king Rukmi left the capital of Vidarbha, viz Kundinapuri and chased Krishna. He pledged that he will not return to his capital without Rukmini. But he was defeated by Krishna's army. Rukmi kept his promise by constructing another capital for Vidarbha, to the west of Kundinapuri called Bhojakata. Since then he started ruling from this new capital. He never returned to Kundinapuri.

In Mahabharata

Rukmi (रुक्मि) is mentioned in Mahabharata (3-255-15a)

Vana Parva, Mahabharata/Book III Chapter 255 describes Karna's victory march and countries subjugated. Rukmi (रुक्मि) is mentioned in Mahabharata (3-255-15a)[2]..... Having met with Rukmi (रुक्मि) (3-255-14a), Karna (कर्ण) (3-255-14a), repaired to Pandya (पाण्ड्य) (3-255-14a) and the mountain, Shri (Shrishaila) (श्रीशैल) (3-255-14a). And by fighting, he made Kevala (केवल) (3-255-15a), king Nila (नील) (3-255-15a), Venudari's (वेणुदारि) (3-255-15b) son, and other best of kings living in the southern direction pay tribute.


  1. Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudee, Kishan Singh Faujdar & Vijendra Singh Narwar: Ādhunik Jat Itihas (The modern history of Jats), Agra 1998, p. 278
  2. स केवलं रणए चैव नीलं चापि महीपतिम् (3-255-15a)

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