By Swami Harshananda
Whenever God Viṣṇu incarnated himself on this earth, his consort Lakṣmī also would do so as his spouse. In his incarnation as Kṛṣṇa, Lakṣmī came down as Rukmiṇī. Rukmiṇī was the daughter of Bhīṣmaka, the king of Vidarbha. Though she wanted to marry Kṛṣṇa only, her elder brother Rukmi opposed it vehemently. So she sent a secret message through a trusted brāhmaṇa to Kṛṣṇa, who successfully managed to abduct her and later marry her. Pradyumna was her son and Cārumatī, her daughter. She immolated herself in a fire after the demise of Kṛṣṇa.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore