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Shuka Acharya Jayanti

Shuka Acharya Jayanti is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Ashwin month (September – October). Shuka Acharya Jayanti 2024 is on October 7. It is the birthday of Saint Shuka Acharya who narrated the Srimad Bhagavad Purana to King Parikshit. The King was cursed that he would be bitten by Snake Takshaka in seven days time. The king listened to the glory of Lord Vishnu as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavata Purana to attain Moksha.

Sage Shuka Acharya was born on the fifth day of Navratri and the day is also observed as Lalita Panchami.

Sage Shuka Acharya is believed to be the son of Veda Vyasa. Some holy scriptures mention that Shuka Acharya is an incarnation of Lord Rudra and some also of Lord Vayu.

It is believed that Veda Vyasa taught Sri Shuka Acharya the Vedas, Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavad Purana.

A popular legend associated with Lord Venkateswara also mentions about Shuka Acharya. It is Shuka Acharya who went to Lord Venkateswara (Srinivasa) house to give the “Lagnapatrike” on behalf of Akasha Maharaja for Srinivasa-Padmavathi wedding.

Srinivasa on his way to Akasha Maharaja’s palace went to Shuka Acharya’s house and took the little naivedya from the Sage Shuka Acharya’s house.

(Source: Information about Shuka Acharya was provided by Narahari Sumadhwa, a reader of the blog)