Naimisharanya, Part Seven


Suta Gadi, Naimisharanya

Jan 11, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of the sacred Tirtha at Naimisharanya.

In yesterday's segment on the Holy Dhama of Naimisharanya, we featured the Lalita Devi Temple (Shakti Peeth). The village of Naimisharanya is also home to the temples of Chakra-narayana, Ganesh, Rama, Lakshman, and Hanuman Garhi. Interspersed among these temples are many other shrines, including the Puran Mandir, Manu Satrupa Tapsthala, and Veda Vyasar (Vyasa Peeth).

Suta Gadi, Naimisharanya

At the Narada Deva Temple there are 108 altars, and nearby there is the 1008 Shivalingam Temple, which houses copies of the four Vedas and Puranas, including the crown jewel, Srimad-Bhagavatam. The Suta Gadi (Soot-gaddi) is the shrine marking the place where Suta Goswami sat while instructing the assembly of sages.

Suta Goswami Salagram

Naimisharanya is most famous for Srila Suta Goswami's recitation of Srimad-Bhagavatam to an assembly of 33,000 sages headed by Saunaka Rishi. Suta had first heard the Bhagavatam recited directly by Srila Sukadeva Goswami, who gave it to Pariksit Maharaja along the bangs of the Ganges. The name 'Suka' also means 'parrot', and this is memorialized in a very interesting Deity residing at Naimisharanya. The Deity of Suka Maharishi, also known here as Suka Brahma, features the head of a parrot.

Suka Maharishi at Naimisharanya

Sastra, Suta Gadi

Shivalingam, Suta Mahamuni Gaddi

Some photos courtesy of Naimish Trust.


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