Sunday, 12 June 2011

Kurukshetra: The land of Mahabharat war, Haryana

Kurukshetra is a land of historical importance. Historically the land belonged to Punjab now a district in Haryana, India. It is a holy place and is also known as Dharmakshetra ("Holy City"). According to the Puranas, Kurukshetra is named after King Kuru, the ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas, as depicted in epic Mahabharata. The importance of the place is attributed to the fact that the Kurukshetra War of the Mahabharata was fought on this land and the Bhagavad Gita was preached on this land during the war when Lord Krishna found Arjuna in a terrible dilemma.

Thanesar or Sthaneswar is a historical town located adjacent to what is now the newly created Kurukshetra city. Thanesar derives its name from the word "Sthaneshwar", which means "Place of God". The Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple, whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva, is believed to be the oldest temple in the vicinity. Local hearsay identifies the legendary "Kurukshetra" with a nearby place known as Thanesar. A few kilometeres from Kurukshetra is the village known as Amin, where there are remnants of a fort which is believed to be Abhimanyu's fort.

In some ancient Hindu texts, the boundaries of Kurukshetra correspond roughly to the state of Haryana. Thus according to the Taittiriya Aranyaka 5.1.1., the Kurukshetra region is south of Turghna (Srughna/Sugh in Sirhind, Punjab), north of Khandava (Delhi and Mewat region), east of Maru (desert) and west of Parin.

Important Places

Brahma Sarovar

Sannihit Sarovar


Krishna Museum

Kalpana Chawla Planetarium

Bhishma Kund at Naraktari

Sheikh Chehli ka makbara (tomb)

Gurdwara Raj Ghat Patshahi Dasvin

Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi

Gurdwara Siddh Bati Patshahi Pahili


Ban Ganga in village Dayalpur

Bhadrakali Mandir

Birla Mandir


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