Kurukshetra

Kurukshetra is famous for being one of the center-points of the Epic Mahabharata.

Updated: June 20, 2020

Kurukshetra is famous for being one of the center-points of the Epic Mahabharata. The place has a large number of devout centers, holy shrines and kunds which trace back to the epic ages and the earliest Indian civilization. It is believed that Lord Krishna preached the theory of Karma in the form of Geeta to Arjuna in Kurukshetra.

Lord Buddha and several Sikh Gurus are known to have visited and spent time in Kurukshetra. Ashoka, the Mauryan ruler made Kurukshetra a centre of learning for people from all over the world. The place is famous for its temples, lakes and museums documenting the history of pre-Harappan and Harappan civilisations. Thanesar or Sthaneswar is a historical town surrounding Kurukshetra. The remnants of Abhimanyu's fort is found in the village known as Amin which is few kilometres from Kurukshetra.

Brahma Sarovar is a water tank in Thanesar in Haryana which is considered sacred by Hindus. It is said that the water inside the tank is sacred and used by people internally as well as externally to take a bath and attain salvation. 

A beautiful temple is situated inside the water which can be reached via a concrete bridge. You can find the huge black stone chariot of lord Krishna and Arjuna within the premises of the temple. The Sarovar comprises of a shrine which is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the middle which can be accessed via a small bridge.

Krishna Museum that is founded in 1987 houses various artifacts of Lord Krishna and Krishna's incarnations from 1st Century AD to 11th Century AD. The museum housing six galleries also showcases the statues in the forms as described in the Bhagavata Purana and Mahabharata. 

Sannihit Sarovar is believed to be the meeting point of seven tributaries of Saraswati River and the home of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that bathing on the day of Amavasya or on the day of an eclipse would fetch the fortune of an aswamedha yajna.

Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple is the place where Pandavas obtained the blessings of Lord Shiva. The tank in the premises of the temple is believed to possess healing properties as it has healed leprosy of Banasura.  

Jyotisar is  a sacred site in Kurukshetra where Lord Krishna recited the Bhagwad Geeta under a Banyan tree to Arjun, to prepare him to fight the war against Bhishma and Karan.

Kalpana Chawla Planetarium, Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre, Jyotisar and Bhishma Kund at Naraktari are some of the other places to visit in Kurukhetra. 

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