About Kurukshetra

Kurukshetra is known for its religious and historical places. It is a center of devotion for its religiousness. It is renowned as Dharamkshetra. Kurukshetra is named after the name of King Kuru – the forefather of Kaurav and Pandavas (Historical characters from Hindu’s holy book “Mahabharata”).It means Land of Kurus (Empire of King Kuru). At present Kurukshetra is one of the most popular tourist place of India. Tourist from all around the world came to visit Kurukshetra.

History Of Kurukshetra

As described before, Kurukshetra was named after king Kuru. He was a king in epic book of Hindus – Mahabharata.Though Kurukshetra existed even before Mahabharata. Before the ruling of King Kuru the holy place was known as Brahmakshetra, Bhrigukshetra Aryanarta and Samant Panchak.All these names have been mentioned in the holy book Mahabharata.

According to the Shastras, the King Kuru was great devotee of Lord Vishnu. He performed an intense penance. Lord Vishnu was pleased and gave two boons to this city. The first one is that this land will be known as holy land. The second is that any one dying on this holy land will be gone to heaven.

Another old story claims that Lord Brahma created the universe from the land of Kurukshetra after a huge Yajna.

Founders’ saints’ prophets and Gurus of different religions visited Kurukshetra from time to time. It is the only place in the world where 8 out of 10 Sikh Guru came. Besides Guru Angad Dev ji, Guru Arjun Dev ji, rest All Guru of Sikhs had come in Kurukshetra. There are Gurudwaras in the memory of these Sikh Gurus.

According to “Manu”  this holy place lies between the two old sacred rivers the Saraswati on the north side and the Drishadvati on the south side. But At present both of these rivers are dumped.

According to Mahabharata anyone who dies in Kurukshetra attains salvation after death.

Kurukshetra at Present

The land of Kurukshetra is spread over an area of 48 square miles (1682.53 km). It is one of the 21 districts of Haryana State. Kuruskhetra is famous tourist place of India and is a sacred place of Hindu. There are two holy ponds – Braham Sarovar and Sannihit Sarovar which are center of attraction for Hindu Pilgrims.

Besides religious places, there are many tourist attractions .Kalpna Chwala Plantetorium, Shri Krishna Meuseum, Panorama, Jindal Park, Tau Devi Lal Park and Malls are some of tourist attracting places.

People from all religions live in Kurukshetra. Today Kurukshetra has become an education hub. Besides Kurukshetra University there are many other private, government aided schools and colleges.

Importance of Kurukshetra

The importance of city lies in this fact that the historical war of Mahabharata was fought on this land. Holy Book of Hindus “Bhagavad Gita” was also preached in Kurukshetra. During the Mahabharata war when Arjun was caught in a big dilemma, then Lord Krishna delivered Bhagavad Gita to Arjun and asked him to do his duty without worrying about the result.

Kurukshetra has been considered as place of meditation for the saints and abodes of God.

Besides Geeta many other upnishad and scriptures were composed in kurukshetra.Saint Ved vyas and Manu composed Mahabharat and Manu smriti respectively here at this place. Kurukshetra is a center of learning too.

Now Kurukshetra has become and educational hub. Besides Kurukshetra University there are many other private, government aided schools and colleges. Students from all around the world came here to get quality education.

Places of Interest in Kurukshetra

There are several places of tourist interest in Kurukshetra. Each place has its historical and religious importance. Places of Tourist Interest in Kurukshetra are (click on the name to get detail about the place):-

1)      Gurudwara 6th Paatshaahi

2)      Sannihit Sarovar

3)      Dukh Bhanjan Mandir

4)      Braham Sarovar

5)      Birla Mandir

6)      Droupdi Koop

7)      Shri Krishna Museum

8)      Panorama

9)      Kalpana Chawla Planetarium (Taramandal)

10)   Birla Mandir

11)   Sheikh Chilli Tomb

12)   Harsh Ka Tilla

13)   Jindal Park

14)   Baan Ganga

15)   Gurudwara 9th Paatshahi

16)   Bhadarkali Mandir