Lies in the North Eastern part of Haryana, Kurukshetra is at distance of about 6 km from Pipli. The small town of Kurukshetra is renowned for serving as the war field for the battle of Mahabharata. It is also said that Lord Krishna preached the Bhagvad Gita to Arjun here. The flat plain around the city is described as Brahmavarta (land of the Sages) in Sanskrit literature and is considered as particularly sacred. Kurukshetra boasts of its large number of religious places, temples and tanks during the time of Mahabharata war that purely reflect the Indian traditions and culture. If all the holy spots make it a religious place, then educational institutes make it modern Kurukshetra.
The history of Kurukshetra is related to the mythological tale of Mahabharata. This town is believed to have been named after King Kuru who belongs to the Bharata dynasty. The arrival of the Bharata dynasty can be seen in the Vamana Purana. It is said that the King Kuru opted for this land situated near the Saraswati river to strengthen spirituality with 8 virtues. They were Tapas (austerity), Satya (truth), Kshama (forgiveness), Daya (kindness), Sucha (purity), Dana (charity), Yagya and Brahmacharya.
It impressed Lord Vishnu and he blessed him with two benefits of having this land forever and naming it after him. Situated between the two rivers-Sarasvati and Drishadvati, this city was known as Uttaravedi, Bhrahmadevi and Dharamkshetra during various periods. King Ashoka and Harsha also ruled this city.
Tourist Attractions in Kurukshetra
The Brahma Sarovar is a sacred water tank. It is believed that Lord Brahma conceived that the Earth here in all its diversity. In its surrounding areas, you can see various temples. Small Mahadev temples or the Sarveshwar Mahadev Temple is located in the sarovar itself. On the day of Solar Eclipse, Amavasya, the beauty of the sarovar can be seen.
It is a holy water tank where ‘tirth yatris’ or pilgrims from various parts of the country come to take a dip. It is the meeting point of the seven holy Saraswatis. People believe that taking a dip in this water on the days of Amavasya washes away your sin. Near the sacred water tank are the small temples of Lord Vishnu, Dhruv Narain, Lord Hanuman, Laxmi Narain and Mother Goddess Durga.
Adjacent to the town of Thanesar, there is the temple of Kamal Nabhi. It is said that Lord Brahma, the creator was born out of a Lotus here that grew from the naval of Lord Vishnu. The temple has the interesting images of Lord Vishnu and Brahma.
Bhisham Kund Narkatari
It is located about one and half miles from Thanesar, Kurukshetra-Pehowa road. This holy tank also finds its mention in the Hindu mythology. Legends say that Bhishma Pitamah of Mahabharata epic lay on a bed of arrows.
Kurukshetra has many tourist attractions. There are various hotels available in all ranges. You can choose from wide variety like luxurious star, moderate and low budget economy hotels.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearby airports are at Delhi and Chandigarh, which are well linked to rest of the country.
By Rail: Kurukshetra has a railway junction, well linked with all important cities and towns of the country. The Shatabadi Express halts here.
By Road: Buses of Haryana Roadways run through Kurukshetra and connect the city to other important cities like Delhi, Chandigarh and other places.
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