First ever love letter written in the world-Rugmani to Krishna
(Without any doubt the epics/Puranas of India are the first books ever composed by men. Right from the Vedas , the first epic Ramayana written by sage Valmiki , large number of love stories abound but it is in the great Bhagwatha there are several love stories. The first and intense love story in Bhagwatha was perhaps the love story of Gopis and Radha with the child Krishna .After this period Lord Krishna kills his uncle Kamsa and then becomes the king itself. It was at this time , Rugmani , the princess of Vidharbha falls in love with Lord Krishna after hearing about him and seeing his painting. Her father fixes her marriage with Sisupala , the king of Chedhi kingdom . Rugmani then sends a love letter to Sri Krishna , in the hands of a Brahmin. (When a controversy arose whether she really wrote a letter or only send a message before Lord Guruvayrappan , then it seems the Lord Confirmed by saying that he indeed received the letter) After seeing the letter, Krishna sends a positive reply through the messenger Brahmin and as per suggestion of Rugmani abducts her from the Parvathi temple . This letter occurs in Bhagawatha purana in the Dasama Skandam in the fifty second chapter from verse number 37-43.I am giving below only the English translation. .What a remarkable love letter composed by a very young princess addressed to the Lord of all. You can find the Sanskrit original in the blog of Sri Ananthanarayanan Vaidyanathan viz http://kanfusion.blogspot.in/2010/06/rukminis-letter-to-krishna-corrected.html. He also is a given a great translation . )
37.Oh Achyutha, the prettiest of the world , I have heard about all about your character,
Which entered in to my heart through my ears and took away all pains of my heart,
And I also have heard about your pretty appearance which blesses all those who posses eyes,
And due to that my heart had decided to accept you as my husband after driving away all the shyness from me .
38.Oh Mukunda, which noble high born maiden would not desire to have you as her husband,
When she reaches the age when she is permitted to choose to wed,
Oh lion among men , as you are , the joy in the mind of people , happiness of the world,
Incomparable from points of view like heredity , good conduct, wisdom , handsomeness and opulence
39.So I have chosen you as my husband , oh lord of my soul and I have given my body to you,
And so be pleased to take me as your wife so that , Sisupala the prince of Chedhi ,
Does not take me away from here since I am the property of the brave one like you,
Similar to a fox taking away the prey of a lion , to defile it, Oh lotus eyed one.
40.If it is true that that I have pleased the great divine God , who rules the universe,
By doing acts like digging of wells and tanks, building of temples, giving away of food grains,
Laying out gardens, observing penances , conducting sacrifices. Giving gifts as charity , worship of elders and Gods
May the elder brother of mace , Sri Krishna and not the Sisupala , the son of Damagosha hold my hand.
41.After reaching Vidharbha secretly , on the day before the wedding day,
Surrounded by your great army and their generals,
Oh Lord , who cannot be defeated , you please defeat the army and generals of Chedhi and Vidharbha ,
And be pleased to marry me adopting the Rakshasa(a secret form) form of marriage as a prize to your valour.
42.If you ask me with great shock, “How would I ever marry you without killing ,
The ladies and your relatives in your palace , as you are living in your guarded maiden house?”
I would like to tell you about a method to avoid that catastrophe ,
As there would be great festivities in my palace on the previous night ,
When as a bride I would be going to the temple of Goddess Parvathi, the daughter of Himalayas.
43,Oh Lord With lotus eyes , If I do not meet your approval and cannot touch the dust of your feet,
Which is sought by many incomparable ones including the great souls of the consort of Uma,
I would sacrifice my life from the body which is already weakened by fasts and then take hundreds of birth
With the hope that every time that I am reborn , I would be able reach to your lotus feet some day.