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RUKMIN. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A son of King Bhishmaka and king of Vidarbha, who offered his services to the Pandavas and Kauravas in turn, but was rejected by both on account of his extravagant boastings and pretensions. He was brother of Rukmini, with whom Krishna eloped. Rukmin pursued the fugitives and overtook them, but his army was defeated by Krishna, and he owed his life to the entreaties of his sister. He founded the city of Bhojakata, and was eventually killed by Balarama.

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