King Parikshit: How King Received Srimad Bhagavatam?
was first recipient of
in Naimisharanya, the holy forest. He was descendant of Pandavas and pure devotee of Lord Krishna. He was named Parikshit because he was examining where the Supreme Lord is. He got the knowledge of Lord Krishna’s pastimes through Srimad Bhagavatam. Let us know how King Parikshit came to Naimishranya to hear Srimad Bhagavatam.
Parikshit Insulted Samika Rishi
Once King Parikshit went to forest for hunting. He suddenly became very tired, hungry and thirsty. This was arrangement of Lord that he could not get even some water. He was the king but found no water anywhere!!! But it was like that. He could not see anyone who could help him. As he was searching he saw ashrama of Samika Rishi, who was a descendant of Angira Rishi. He thought he could quench his thirst there. With lot of hope he went into the hermitage.
Samika Rishi was seen eyes closed as if in Samadhi. The king loudly asked for water and hospitality but the sage refused to open his eyes leave alone offering a seat or water. This made the King very angry. He felt neglected and offended. This cold reception of Sage disturbed him so much that he thought of insulting the sage.
The king saw a dead snake lying next to the sage and in the fit of rage the king placed the dead snake around the neck. Then he immediately left to his kingdom. The king’s heart was repenting for his behavior with the sage. He pondered again and again that the sage was in trance and he must not have insulted him that way.
Parikshit Cursed to Death
Soon Samika Rishi son Sringi came to the hermit and saw his father insulted this way. He became very angry. In rage he touched water from river Kausika and cursed, “Whoever did this should die on the seventh day from now with a bite of Taksaka, the deadly serpent.”
When King Parikshit came to know about his curse, he at once came to recognize this as arrangement of Supreme Lord. He disposed the idea asking for forgiveness from the sages. He at once handed over the kingdom to his son and went to river Yamuna. He sat down on the shore to fast till death. But as the news spread all over the world all sages accompanied the king. The great sage
came to the king. Then the nectar of Srimad Bhagavatam came flowing from the lotus lips of Sukadev Goswami.
Later King Parikshit went back to Godhead with full Krishna consciousness.