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The battle of Kurukshetra

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 6 months ago

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 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 the Kauravas.
  • 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 Amavasya days.
  • 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 India.

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. 

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