The third vahanotsava of the ongoing Brahmotsava celebrations at Sri Radha Krishna Temple, ISKCON, Bangalore on April 6, 2015, featured Their Lordships Sri Radha Krishnachandra adorned in Rukmini Vijaya alankara. They rode atop the Ashva (horse) vahana majestically. This alankara signifies the pastime of Lord Krishna kidnapping Rukmini and taking her away on a horse-drawn chariot.
Rukmini was the daughter of King Bhishmaka, ruler of the province known as Vidarbha. She is none other Maha-Lakshmi, the supreme goddess of fortune. As mentioned in the Chaitanya-charitamrita, the expansion of Krishna and that of Srimati Radharani are simultaneous: Krishna expands Himself into various vishnu-tattva forms, and Srimati Radharani expands Herself into various shakti-tattva forms as the goddess of fortune.
Srimad-Bhagavatam gives a beautiful narration of how Krishna kidnapped Rukmini from her palace and married her. Her elder brother Rukmi had arranged for her marriage with Shishupala, an enemy of Krishna. But Rukmini, who had heard about Lord Krishna, decided to surrender herself at His lotus feet and become His wife. She was determined to undergo severe austerities life after life to achieve Krishna’s favor. She sent a brahmana as her messenger to Krishna, with a letter expressing her desire to marry Him. On the day of Rukmini’s marriage ceremony, Lord Krishna arrived at her palace and kidnapped her in the presence of His many rivals and took her away to Dwaraka after defeating all of them. Then He married her according to the Vedic ritualistic principles.
After the vahanotsava, there was a short video presentation that included Srila Prabhupada’s lecture on the glories of Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani, a Vaishnava song on the glories of Vrindavana and glimpses of Kumbha-abhisheka that was performed on the occasion of the 12th anniversary (in the year 2009) of the installation of the Deities in this temple.
During the dolotsava for Their Lordships, sangeeta seva was offered by Kumari K. Sriraksha and Kumari K. Srikrupa who gave a melodious rendition of devotional songs. They were accompanied by Vidwan Madhava Aital (violin) and Vidwan Venugopal (mridanga).
The dolotsava was followed by shayana pallakki utsava concluding the 18th Brahmotsava celebrations for the day.