Motivational Story – When Rukmini’s Tulsi Leaf lifted Krishna’s pan into the air and failed Satyabhama’s wealth

Indian folktales often tell stories of Krishna’s competing wives, especially Rukmini and Satyabhama. A tale narrates how once Satyabhama, proud of her wealth, donated Krishna to the divine sage Narada and pledged to take him back by donating wealth to him as much as Krishna’s weight. Krishna sat on one pan of a weighing scale and Satyabhama filled the other pan with all of the wealth, inherited from her father, but it could not equal Krishna’s weight. The other wives, except Rukmini, followed suit but Krishna’s pan did not leave the ground. The wives requested Satyabhama to approach Rukmini. A helpless Satyabhama asked her foremost rival, Rukmini, for help. Rukmini, who was kidnapped by Krishna, had no wealth of her own. She chanted a prayer and put the holy tulsi leaf in the other pan, as the symbol of her love; removing the wealth of Satyabhama and the other queens from the pan. Krishna’s pan was suddenly lifted into the air and the other pan touched the earth, even though only a tulsi leaf in it.

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