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Kurukshetra, Haryana

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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 the Bhagavad Gita the value of Karma in human life. It is the place where the 18 days 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 civilisational 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. Be ready for a humbling experience as the Kurukshetra humbled even the arrogant Kauravas. 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.
Kurukshetra

Nearby Places to See

Brahma Sarovar
It is the lake in which Duryodhana was hiding as the 18 days war neared its end. The holy lake is visited by a large number of devotees during auspicious celebrations. The island at the centre of the lake has a large chariot with Arjuna and Krishna. The island also has the Pancha Pandavas and Draupadi Koop, Hanuman Temple, and Katyayani Devi Temple.
Brahma Sarovar
Jyotisar
Located on the outskirts of the city, about 10 kilometres away from Brahma Sarovar, Jyotisar is the place where Krishna preached the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna and, in the process, showed his Virata Roopa. A nearly 50 feet tall idol of Krishna’s Virata Roopa is erected in the garden here. The attractive statue has Arjuna still in the chariot, watching the Virat Roopa of Krishna.
Bhishm Kund
Located about 4 kilometres from Brahma Sarovar, it is the place where Bhishma lay on a bed of arrows. When he asked for water, Arjuna shot an arrow into the ground, and a stream of water sprang out and reached Bhishma. Bhishm Kund is a small pond and the place where the arrow from Arjuna hit the ground.
Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple
Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple
It is the place where the Pandavas, along with Krishna, prayed to Bhagawan Shiva for victory against the Kauravas in the war. The water in the temple tank is believed to have healing properties. Bhadrakali Temple nearby, is the place where the Pandavas performed the last pooja before the war, praying to the goddess for victory.
Dharovar Cultural Museum
Located close to the Brahma Sarovar, the 23 galleries of the museum showcase lifestyle, historical, cultural, and other aspects of the state through paintings and artefacts.
Harsh Ka Tila
Located within the city, it is a site of archaeological importance. Some remains from the period of King Harshavardhana of the 7th century were found during excavation. It is now called Raja Harsh ka Tila. It is a very important site as pottery and items from the 1st century were found there.
Shrikrishna Museum
It is a museum that covers most parts of the Mahabharatha and educates visitors through paintings, sculptures,sculptures and walkthroughs. The museum started in 1987.
Pipli zoo
It is a small zoo located about 15 kilometres from the Brahma Sarovar. Spread over an area of about 24 acres, it is a good picnic place.
Crocodile Breeding Park
Located approximately 13 kilometres from Brahma Sarovar and established in 1982, there are about 20 crocodiles here. A great opportunity to watch the crocs from up close.
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