Krishna Abducting Rukmani from the Temple

Indianc. 1800-20

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, United States

This painting depicts a famous scene from Hindu mythology. Lord Krishna, often regarded as an avatar of the great god Vishnu, leads the Lady Rukmini in his gleaming chariot. The couple is escaping from Rukmini’s wedding to Prince Shishupala of Chedi.

Rukmini was deeply in love with Krishna and had written to him before the ceremony asking him to rescue her. Krishna and Rukmini fled to Dwaraka, Krishna’s fortress home, where they were married.

Rukmini is frequently viewed as the incarnation of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and happiness, and is seen as bearing all the qualities of a divine consort in human form. Rukmini is Krishna’s queen, and the primary and favorite of all his wives.


  • Title: Krishna Abducting Rukmani from the Temple
  • Creator: Indian
  • Date Created: c. 1800-20
  • Physical Dimensions: w44.5 x h29.5 cm (sheet)
  • Type: Watercolor
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Watercolor with gold on paper
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum purchase funded by the Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund

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