Friday, September 23, 2011

Rukmini Devi Temple

Rukmini Devi TempleThis small temple, 1.5 km north, is an architectural masterpiece. Rukmini is the most important of Krishna`s 16,108 wives, which might be the reason to dedicate a separate temple in her honour. The temple walls are decorated with beautiful paintings depicting her pastimes with her husband. It is believed to have been built in the 12th century.

The folklore that got attached with is, one day Durvasa Muni, who is angered at a slightest touch, was invited to dinner by Lord Krishna and his wife Rukmini. As per etiquette, a host is not supposed to eat until the guest is contented with his/her meal. On the way to dinner, however Rukmini felt thirsty and asked Krishna for help. Krishna then put his foot on the ground and the Ganges water flowed forth from earth, while Durvasa was not noticing. But, as Rukmini was drinking water, the Muni turned over and saw her drinking water without his permission. He was terribly angered at this episode, and cursed Rukmini to live apart forever from Krishna. That is basically the reason why Krishna temple is in the town, while Rukmini`s is in the outskirts.

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