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Shukatal – Place in India Where Srimad Bhagavad Purana was first Recited - Shukratal

Shukatal, also referred as Shukratal, is located in North India. It is believed that here on the banks of Ganga under a banyan tree, Shuka, son of Sage Veda Vyasa narrated Srimad Bhagavad Purana to King Parikshit. Shukatal is located around 130 km northeast of Delhi and is around 20 km from Muzaffarnagar.

On a small hillock on the left bank of Ganga at Shukatal there is a small temple with images of King Parikshit and Sage Shuka (Sukadeva).

The Srimad Bhagavad Puran was narrated by Sage Shuka to King Parikshit to help him attain salvation.

Parikshit, son of Abhimanyu and grandson of Arjuna, was an able ruler. He ensured dharma prevailed in the Kali Yuga in his kingdom by driving away evil.

But once while the king was on a hunting expedition he felt thirsty and approached the ashram of Sage Samika. The sage was in deep meditation and did not notice the arrival of the king and he also did not respond to the calls of the thirsty king.

In a fit of rage, Parikshit lifted up a dead snake and put it on the neck of the meditating sage.

Sage Samika’s son Sringim, who saw the dead snake on his father, cursed the perpetrator to be killed by Snake Takshaka in seven days.

The king who was already remorseful decided to prepare for his death on hearing the curse.

Sage Shuka happened to arrive in the palace during the time and asked king to spend the next seven days listening to recital of Bhagavad Purana. Sage Shuka then narrated the Holy Scripture and it helped Parikshit attain salvation.