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Bhishmaka (भीष्मक) was the king of Vidarbha. Bhishmaka was father of Rukmi, the elder brother of Rukmini. Rukmini married with Krishna.




In Mahabharata

Bhismaka (भीष्मक) Mahabharata (II.28.10)/(2-32-13a), (II.28.41)

Sabha Parva, Mahabharata/Book II Chapter 28 mentions Sahadeva's march towards south: kings and tribes defeated. Bhismaka (भीष्मक) is mentioned in Mahabharata (II.28.10)/(2-32-13a).[1].....After Avanti, the hero (Sahdeva) marched towards the town of Bhojakata, and there, O king of unfading glory, a fierce encounter took place between him and the king of that city for two whole days. But the son of Madri (Sahdeva), vanquishing the invincible Bhismaka, then defeated in battle the king of Kosala and the ruler of the territories lying on the banks of the Venwa, as also the Kantarakas and the kings of the eastern Kosalas.

Sabha Parva, Mahabharata/Book II Chapter 28 mentions Bhismaka (भीष्मक) in Mahabharata (II.28.41).[2] And the prince (Sahdeva), after Mahishmati, with great efforts brought Ahriti, the king of Surashtra and preceptor of the Kausikas under his sway. The virtuous prince, while staying in the kingdom of Surashtra sent an ambassador unto king Rukmin of Bhishmaka within the territories of Bhojakata, who, rich in possessions and intelligence, was the friend of Indra himself. And the monarch along with his son, remembering their relationship with Krishna, cheerfully accepted, O king, the sway of the son of Pandu. And the master of battle then, having exacted jewels and wealth from king Rukmin, marched further to the south.

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  1. स विजित्य दुराधर्षं भीष्मकं माद्रिनन्दनः। (2-32-13a) कोसलाधिपतिं चैव तथा वेणातटाधिपम्।। (2-32-13b)
  2. सुराष्ट्र विषयस्दश च परेषयाम आस रुक्मिणे, राज्ञे भॊजकटस्दाय महामात्राय धीमते (II.28.41) भीष्मकाय स धर्मात्मा साक्षाथ इन्थ्र सखाय वै, स चास्य ससुतॊ राजन परतिजग्राह शासनम (II.28.41)