Kurukshetra lies in
the north-eastern part of Haryana and is 160 kilometers away from Delhi. Down
the ages, the city was known by several names including Dharmakshetra and
Brajhmakshetra. Both these names denote the significance with which Kurukshetra
was regarded. Dharmakshetra was apparently the name Lord Krishna gave to the
city when he preached the Gita; it means the ‘land of righteousness.”
Brajhmakshetra literally means the field of Lord Brahma or the Creator. The
name Kurukshetra came from King Kuru who ruled the land.
When to visit Kurukshetra:
The time to experience
Kurukshetra at her very best would be between the months of September to March.
This is because the city has an extreme climate. Summers are fierce and
temperatures can rise as high as 44 degree Celsius making sightseeing rather
uncomfortable. Winters are much more pleasant though temperatures can drop down
to 4 degree Celsius.
Visiting Kurukshetra during November-December will also give
you a chance to witness the Deep Daan and Aarti performed at the famous Brahma
Sarovar on the occasion of Gita Jayanti. The festival attracts a huge number of
pilgrims. Several music recitals and pageants are held during this time and
they bring the city to life.
Place to see in Kurukshetra:
Kurukshetra, with all
the legends and myths attached to it, is rich in atmosphere. In the epic
Mahabharata, the great battle between the Kauravas and Pandavas was fought out
in the fields of Kurukshetra. It was here that Lord Krishna taught Arjuna the
importance of doing his duty as the world got one of its greatest religious
books, the Bhagwad Gita.
The religious importance of Kurukshetra was huge even
in ancient times and Gautama Buddha as well as the Sikh Gurus are said to have
come here. But there’s more to do in Kurukshetra than just soak in the
atmosphere. Some of the must-see places include:
- Annehit Sarovar: The pond, which is considered
to be the meeting of the seven sacred Saraswatis, is said to contain holy
water. Pilgrims take a holy dip here on amavasya and solar eclipse days.
- Jyotisar: Your visit to Kurukshetra is
incomplete without visiting Jyotisar. It is the spot where Lord Krishna
preached the Gita to a distraught Arjuna before the start of the battle with
- Brahma Sarovar: It is regarded as one of the
largest bathing tanks in Asia. The huge pond has historical and religious
significance. Pilgrims make a beeline to bathe in its waters on Somvati
- Temples: There are plenty of temples that should
interest archeological buffs with their stunning structures and sculptures.
Some of the more popular temples on the tourist circuit include Kamal Nabhi,
the Sthaneshwar and Bhadrakali temples, Arunay tirtha and Brahma Kund.
- Sri Krishna Museum: The museum houses some interesting historical
artifacts dating back to the days of the Mahabharata.
How to get to Kurukshetra:
Kurukshetra is well
connected by road. There are two bus stations in the city. In addition, it is
just 60 kilometers away from Pipli, which has a bus station located right on
the National Highway 1. Haryana Roadways and other State Transports run buses
regularly from Kurukshetra to Delhi and other important locations in north
A visit to Kurukshetra is like taking a stroll down the
pages of a history book. With lots of sight-seeing spots, it is the ideal spot
for a weekend getaway.