By Swami Harshananda
Satyabhāmā was one of the aṣṭa-mahiṣīs or eight queens of Kṛṣṇa. She was the daughter of Satrājit, a chieftain of the Yadu race. In her previous life, she was Guṇavatī, daughter of a pious brāhmaṇa Devaśarman. Due to her purity of life, austerities and devotion to Viṣṇu, she was reborn as Satyabhāmā and got Kṛṣna as her husband. Kṛṣṇa brought the pārijāta tree from heaven on her demand. Once she was obliged to accept defeat by Rukmiṇi, the chief queen of Kṛṣṇa, whose devotion proved to be greater than hers.
- Pārijāta means night jasmine.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore