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Kurukshetra

, Haryana

(Kurukshetra is also spelled as Kuruksetra / Kurukshetr)
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State: Haryana
District: Kurukshetra
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Hindi
Best Season: Sep - Mar
Weather: Summer 35 to 45°C, Winter -4 to 17°C
Altitude: 260 m
Pincode: 124417
STD code: 01744
Kurukshetra means the field of righteousness, a name well suited to its legendary past and religious predominance. A holy town in the state of Haryana, Kurukshethra had acquired many ramifications and to the teeming millions of India, this place reminds them of the sacred association it has with lord Krishna, the benevolent god in the entire Hindu Pantheon.

The legendary tales of Kurushethra starts with Kuru, who laid the foundation of a domain that has its roots on uprightness and benevolence. Ironically this land has to witness a great battle between the successors of Kuru, in which the lord himself had played a key role. Thus, Kurukshetra encompasses a rich and a colourful history of centuries, where one can experience the theological and rational gibbets of Hinduism. As the time goes on the sacredness of the city began to grow with the visit of saintly avatars like Lord Buddha' and numerous Sikh gurus. Kurukshetra stands as an unparallel pilgrimage site, which includes a large number of devout centers, holy shrines, kunds and Gurudwaras linked with the epic ages and the earliest Indian civilization.

Though Kurukshethra holds versatile facets in the religious arena, its holiness and sanctity lies in the single fact that this was the place where lord Krishna preached the theory of Karma to his favorite friend Arjun. This gave birth to the holiest of all Hindu textures, Bhagawat Gita or the Song Celestial, which symbolizes the paramount principles of the Hindu religion.

As the cradle of Indian civilization, this place found its rendering in many of the ancient texts and most of the books of that time contain either a description of Kurukshetra or names of personalities from there. A good number of Vedic transcripts were composed from here and Kurukshetra was the seat of all the social, spiritual and political traditions of the old era.

Apart from the devout sites, a bevy of other fascinating and alluring attractions that houses historical interest are in store in Kurukshethra. Archaeological expeditions have proved that this city was in existence during the pre-Harrapan times. Kurukshethra with its religious colours and historical succinctness would definitely a treasure hunt for all those who want to get a deep in sight in the cultural ethnicity of ancient India.
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The battle of Kurukshetra

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Nov 07, 2011
The first references to the ancient land of Kurukshetra can be traced back to the Vedic ages, when it was regarded as an important place of learning. From a religious centre to being an epic battlefield, Kurukshetra continues to hold its cultural heritage

Kurukshetra - The Land of Holy Gita

  by Akshay Balraj  on Apr 27, 2010
Kurukshetra is one of the most ancient and sacred lands on India. Its a must see place for all history buffs and a nice place for devotees of Krishna.

History


The history of Kurukshetra is closely associateed with the mythological tale of Mahabharata. The town is believed to have been named after King Kuru belonging to the Bharata dynasty. The advent of the Bharata dynasty can be found in the Vamana Purana. It is said that the King Kuru chose this land located near the Saraswati river in order to entrench spirituality with 8 virtues, namely - austerity (tapas), truth (satya), forgiveness (kshama), kindness (daya), purity (sucha), charity (dana), yagya and brahmacharya.

This act of the king impressed Lord Vishnu who blessed him and gave him two benefits of having this land forever and naming the place after him. Located between the two rivers Sarasvati and Drishadvati, this city was called as Uttaravedi, Bhrahmadevi and Dharamkshetra during different periods.

The city is famous for serving as the war field for the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Krishna is also said to have preached the Bhagvad Gita to Arjun here. King Asoka and Harsha have also ruled this city.
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