One of the first love letters in the world is to a God in
and this letter finds mention in the Puranas. The letter is as old as the
Mahabharata and this makes it more than 3500 years old. India
This is why the letter must rank as one of the first love letters and this is from Rukmini to
The letter is often described as eulogy of love and it was carried to
by a Brahmin messenger of Rukmini. This messenger was Sunanda, who in his next
birth, was reborn as the great Madhwa saint Vadiraja Theertha (1480-1600) of
Sunanda carried the beautiful letter all the way from Central India to Dwaraka where
was residing. This letter appears in the tenth book and fifty second chapter of
the Bhagavatha Purana.
The letter has an interesting background.
Bhishmaka, the King of Vidharbha in
Central India, decided to get his daughter
Rukmini married. Rukmini, who had only heard of Krishna, had mentally accepted Krishna as her husband. She decides to marry Krishna but her brother, Rukmi, wants her to marry Sisupala.
Both Sisupala and Rukmi hate
Krishna. Unable to extricate herself from her proposed marriage to Sisupala, Rukmini
writes a letter to Krishna extolling his
qualities and expressing her desire to marry him.
She then selects Sunanda, an elderly Brahmin, to deliver her message to
Rukmini’s letter reveals her devotion and love to
Krishna. When Sunanda reaches
Dwaraka with the letter, he tells the doorkeeper of the palace where Krishna resides of his mission. The doorkeeper lead him
to Lord Krishna, who was sitting on a throne.
When Sunanda hands over the letter to
Krishna, he reads it out. He then
thanks the messenger for the letter and tells him that even he wants to marry
hears that Rukmini’s marriage is scheduled for the following day, he decides to
leave for Vidarbha immediately and he requests the Brahamin messenger to accompany
Both Krishna and the Brahmin reach the town of
where Rukmini is slate to get married against her will. Kundina
Krishna’s elder brother, Balarama, is alarmed when he receives the news that
is accompanied only by a Brahmin. Suspecting an attack on Krishna, he rides
with hi army towards Kundina.
reaches Kundina. He sends the Brahmin inside the
to let her know that he had arrived and that he has an escape plan for them.
When Rukmini sees the Brahmin, she asks whether or not palace of Rukmini Krishna has come.
The Brahmin tells Rukmini that
Krishna has come and that he will marry
her and take her away to Dwaraka.
When King Bhismaka hears that
Krishna and Balarama had come, he invites them
to the marriage ceremony of Rukmini with
Sishupala. He is, however, unaware that Krishna
plans to kidnap Rukmini and marry her.
Krishna carries off Rukmini to Dwaraka in a charriot, even as Balarama and his army hold off Sisupala, his friend and Emperor of Magadha, Jarasandha, Rukmi and others are hot on the heels of India’s first couple, who before their marriage, exchanged perhaps the first love letters in the world.