Shukratal and Shrimad Bhagwad Gita
by Kanika Gupta
Most of the times, we read and write about the places which are most popular and big, and sometimes, we remain unheard of the small places which are related to our culture and history.. Today, I will introduce
you with one such small place ‘Shukar Taal’, also called Shukratal. This place is located in West Uttar Pradesh, 30 kms from my hometown Muzaffarnagar.
Shukar Taal is a religious place and has a very important significance in Hindu mythology. ‘Shukar Taal Temple’ is known as the temple where Maharishi Sukhdev ji narrated the Shrimad Bhagwat Gita to Raja
Parikshit. Shukar Taal is uniquely famous for its ageless banyan tree, for its amazing temples, for the 72 ft of Lord Hanuman which is located in the Hanumat dhaam and for its very rustic feel of the earthen India.
The Sukhdev Temple in Shukar Taal has beautifully carved idols of Maharishi Sukhdev and Raja Parikshit. It is located in a very peaceful area, surrounded by villages. It is situated on the bank of Holy River Ganga. As per the Hindu mythology, about 5000 years ago, Sukhdev ji narrated the Shrimad Bhagwat Katha (Bhagwat Geeta) for seven days to King Parikshit. King Parikshit was the son of Abhimanyu and the grandson of Arjun. On a hillock stands the big banyan tree under which the sage recited this, known as the Akshayavat which means the Undying Tree. The uniqueness of this tree as its name suggests is that it does not shed leaves. A temple was built near the banyan tree under which Maharishi Sukdev is believed to have narrated the story.
Many other beautiful temples stand in the close proximity of Sukhdev temple. The Hanuman temple, has an idol of Lord Hanuman carrying a mountain of ‘Sanjivani booti’ as depicted in the Ramayan. The Ganga temple, a stone tablet at the entrance of this temple state, in Sanskrit and Arabic, that the temple was created in the year 1401. Inside the temple one can see the idols of Goddess Ganga, sage Shukdev, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Kartik and Lakshman. The walls and the roof of the temple are covered with old paintings of Lord Krishna’s Ras-Leela.
Temples which can be visited are Laxmi-Narayan temple, Parvati temple, Shiv Dhaam, Ganesh Dhaam, Hanumat Dhaam, Lord Shiva temple and NeelKanth Mahadev temple. Shukratal website seeks to recreate the history of Shukteerth and the holy story that was born here.It also answers all the related to the holy place and its story. The images used in this articles have been borrowed from Shukratal Website.
The mighty ghats of river Ganga in Shukar Taal tells us to leave all our sins and selfish deeds. A day spend in Shukar Taal is a day spend near God.