Kurukshetra Travel Guide

 

 

Places to visit

* Brahma Sarovar: Every year lakhs of people come to take holy bath at Brahma Sarovar on the occasion of "Somavati Amavasya" (Sacred No-Moon Day that happens on a Monday).
* Sannihit Sarovar:This Sarovar is believed to be the meeting point of seven sacred Saraswatis. The sarovar, according to popular belief, contains sacred water. Bathing in the waters of the tank on the day of Amavasya (night of complete darkness) or on the day of an eclipse bestows blessings equivalent to performing the ashvamedh yajna.
Bhishma Kund.
* Jyotisar: The famous site where Bhagavad Gita was delivered to Arjuna
* Krishna Museum: Have some historical artifacts, paintings depicting Mahabharata war.
* Kurukshetra Panorama and Science centre: An excellent world class Panorama depicting the Mahabharata war with scientific explanations justifying every episode in the war. There are also several scientific exhibits which kindle in the visitor, a curiosity for science.
* Kalpana Chawla Planetarium
* Light and Sound Show : A newly built Tourist attraction which highlights some aspects of Geeta Saar in brilliant combination of lights and sound.
* Dharohar: A must visit to know the Tradition and Culture of Haryana located in Kurukshetra University.
* Bhishma Kund at Naraktari: The place where Arjuna shot an arrow towards earth to quench Bhisma Pitamah thirst
* Saraswati Forest Reserve: It is a large reserved forest area with rich flora and fauna in Kurukshetra district.
* Sheikh Chehli ka makbara (tomb): This monument is maintained by ASI. It was built during Mughal period in remembrance of Sufi Saint Sheikh Chehli, believed to be the spiritual teacher of Mughal Prince, Dara Shikoh.
* Sthaneshwar Mahadev
* Kamal Nabhi
* Valmiki Ashram
Kurukshetra in a map of the Indian sub-continent's ancient cities
* Birla Mandir
* Gurdwara Raj Ghat Patshahi Dasvin
* Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi
* Gurdwara Siddh Bati Patshahi Pahili
* Pehowa
* Ban Ganga in village Dayalpur
* Bhadrakali Mandir - a temple of goddess which is one of the 52 shakti peeths. As per the story in Hindu Mythology, Goddess sati killed herself by entering the Yagna of Raja Daksha as a protest against the insult of Lord Shiva. Remorseful Lord Shiva was wandering in the whole universe with the corpse of his beloved Sati on his shoulder. To bring him back to the original mood, it was necessary to destroy the corpse of Sati. Lord Vishnu hence cut the corpse in 52 pieces with his Sudarshan Chakra. The different parts fell at different places where the temples of the goddess was built by the devotees later on. Collectively, these are known as 52 shakti peethas. One of them is in Kurukhsetra where the leg of the goddess fell.



 

 


Kurukshetra is a district in Haryana state of India. It is a holy place and is also known as 'Dharamkshetra' ('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




History

It is written in Puranas that Kurukshetra is named after the King Kuru of Bharata Dynasty, ancestor of Pandavas and Kauravas.

The Vamana Purana tells how King Kuru came to settle on this land. He chose this land at the banks of Sarasvati River for embedding spirituality with 8 virtues- austerity (tapas), truth (satya), forgiveness (kshama), kindness (daya), purity (sucha), charity (dana), yagya and brahmacharya. Lord Vishnu was impressed with the act of King Kuru and blessed him. God gave him two boons, one that this land forever will be known as a Holy Land after his name as Kurukshetra (the land of Kuru) and the other that anyone dying on this land will be going to heaven. The land of Kurukshetra was separated between two rivers — the Sarasvati and the Drishadvati.


This land has been known as Uttravedi, Brahmavedi, Dharamkshetra and Kurukshetra at different periods. When King Kuru came on this land it was called Uttarvedi. Over the period this land has been ruled by many empires. Bharata Dynasty came and settled on this land.

Later Battle of Mahabharata was fought on this land during which Lord Krishna preached Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna.

It reached zenith of progress during the reign of King Harsha during the period of which Chinese scholar Hieun Tsang visited this land at Thanesar. By the archaeological grounds it has been proved that Ashoka the Great made Kurukshetra a centre of learning for people from all over the world. Mughals also ruled this land. Sufi saint Sheikh Chehli's tomb on this land is an evidence of this fact.