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Rukmi ( Sanskrit: रुक्मी) the ruler of Vidarbha according to the epic Mahābhārata. He was the son of the king Bhishmaka and elder brother of Rukmini. The Harivamsha mentions that Rukmi was trained in the arts of warfare by the Kimpurusha Druma.

The name Rukmini is derived from the Sanskrit word Rukma which means ‘Radiant’, ‘Clear’ or ‘Bright’. The name can also mean ‘decorated with gold ornaments’. Other names and epithets include:

Rukmini is mainly worshipped in west and south Indian states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Rukmini’s kingdom, Vidarbha, is believed to be located in the present day Maharashtra.

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