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Kurukshetra—the name itself evokes passion among Indians. The land of Bhagavad Gita, the land where Bhagawan Shri Krishna cleared Arjuna’s dilemma by reminding him, through the recitation of Bhagavad Gita, of the value of Karma in human life, is the place where the 18 day long war between the Pandavas and Kauravas took place, and it is the place where Bhishma lay down on his bed of arrows watching the war. Going around the city visiting one landmark after another with footprints of Mahabharatha etched all over is a divine and goosebump raising experience to say the least. The Bhagavad Gita refers to Kurukshetra as Dharamkshetra, the land of righteousness. Kurukshetra walks you through the cultural, ethical, and civilizational values of India that were followed in the book even 5000 years ago. A visit to Kurukshetra will enlighten you on the importance of these very things in life. Kurukshetra has humbled the arrogant Kauravas and is ready for a humbling experience. September to April is the best time to visit Kurukshetra, which is approximately 100 kilometres from Chandigarh and about 210 kilometres from New Delhi. The town is well connected by train, and the nearest airport is at Chandigarh.
Nearby Places to See
As the 18-day war was drawing to a close, Duryodhana retreated to the safety of the lake Brahma Sarovar. Devotees flock to the holy lake for the most important holidays. In addition to the Hanuman Temple and the Katyayani Devi Temple, the island is home to Pancha Pandav Koops and Draupadi Koops.
A short distance from the city, about 10 kilometres from Brahma Sarovar, is a place called Jyotisar, where Krishna preached the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna and displayed his Vrata Roopa. This nearly fifty-foot-tall statue of Krishna’s Virata Roopa towers over the garden. The statue depicts Arjuna sitting in his chariot and gazing at Krishna in his Virat Roopa form.
Around 4 kilometres from Brahma Sarovar is Bhishm Kund, the site where Bhishma rested on a bed of arrows. Arjuna shot an arrow into the ground in response to Bhishma’s request for water, releasing a stream that made its way to the sage. The spot where Arjuna’s arrow landed is known as Bhishm Kund, and it is marked by a small pond.
The Pandavas and Krishna prayed to Bhagawan Shiva at the Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple so that they could defeat the Kauravas in battle. It is believed that the water in the temple tank has curative powers. The Pandavas prayed to the goddess Bhadrakali at the nearby Bhadrakali Temple before the beginning of the war.
Dharohar Cultural Museum
Near the Brahma Sarovar is the Dharohar Cultural Museum, which features 23 galleries showcasing paintings and artefacts that highlight the history, culture, and other aspects of the state.
Harsh Ka Tila
Within the city limits is the archaeologically significant Harsh Ka Tila. Due to the discovery of Harshavardhana-era artefacts, the site has been renamed Raja Harsh ka Tila. The discovery of 1st-century pottery and other artefacts at the site highlights its significance.
The art, sculpture, and architectural layout of the Shrikrishna Museum aim to educate visitors about the events of the Mahabharatha. Established in 1987, the museum is now 30 years old.
It is about 15 kilometres from the Brahma Sarovar to the Pipli, a small zoo. It’s a great picnic spot.
Crocodile Breeding Park
There are about 20 crocodiles at the Crocodile Breeding Park, which was founded in 1982 and is located about 13 kilometres from Brahma Sarovar. a fantastic chance to see crocodiles in their natural habitat.
Things to Buy
Things to buy include Pottery, Handloom.
Foods to Relish
Raabri, Bajre ki Khichdi, Kachri ki sabzi, Malpua.