Situated in the Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh, Hastinapur finds its mention not just on the modern Indian Map but also in the ancient mythological texts. Hastinapur is a city that witnessed the great war of Mahabharata, a tale of rivalry between brothers who belonged to the same family, the eminence of Lord Krishna and the advent of Kalyuga! Hastinapur is a popular tourist destination for spiritual and curious travelers as the proof of Mahabharata, in the form of structures, is spread across the city and people come here from India and abroad to experience them.
Hastinapur is located on the banks of river Ganga and finds its mention in The Ramayana as well as the ancient text related to the Mauryan Empire. As per the Hindu ancient text, Hastinapur was the capital of the Kuru Kingdom in ancient times, whose rulers were known as the Kauravas. The great war of Mahabharata happened for the much-coveted throne of Hastinapur. After the war was over, the Pandavas emerged victorious and were considered the rightful heirs of the throne. The Pandavas then ruled Hastinapur for more than 35 years.
Although the history of Hastinapur is closely related to the Hindu religion, yet the place holds similar significance for the Jain community as well. Hastinapur is a pilgrimage center for Jains because of popular Astapad, Lotus temple, and Digambar Jain temple that are located here.
Excavations conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India proved that a few structures, rocks, etc. are as old as the Mahabharata. Hastinapur is famous for many historical temples like Karna temple, Pandeshwar temple, Kailash Parvat and its rich biodiversity that is observed in the famous Hastinapur National Park.
Ashtapad. Ashtapad literally means eight steps and it is a sacred place where Bhagwan Rishabhdev attained salvation. The original place is located somewhere in the great Himalayas which is now in Chinese territory. The Ashtapad tirth in Hastinapura is a replica of the original, where people come to offer prayers.
Hastinapur Sanctuary. The national park of Hastinapur Sanctuary is a hub of the place’s rich diversity. The national park was founded in the year 1986 and is spread in an area of 2,073km square. Over 350 species of birds can be observed here. The place is a paradise for wildlife and nature enthusiasts and is worth visiting.
Digambar Jain Mandir. Located on a hill, this shrine has a statue of Bhagwan Shantinath. The temple is visited by Jain and non-Jain followers from across the country. People come here to offer prayers and witness the idol of Bhagwan in padmasan.
Karna Temple. Karna temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is believed that the temple was built during the Mahabharata. Although the temple is as small as a room but it attracts thousands of visitors every month.
Das Lakshana. Das Lakshana is an annual holy event celebrated by the Jain community. The event is celebrated for 10 days and people fast, pray and meditate on these days and remember the five principle vows of Jainism, i.e. Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, and Aparigraha. During the event, devotees visit the Jain temples in Hastinapur to offer prayers.
Any time of the year is great to visit Hastinapur as it observes a similar climate, as of Delhi. If you wish to avoid traveling in a hot and humid environment then months from September to March are great.
By Road: Making plans to visit Hastinapur by your personal car or bike, sounds adventurous but here are a few details that you must consider well in advance. Hastinapur is approx. 132km, 1,500km, 1,500km, and 2,200km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. Apart from private transport one can also book bus tickets to Hastinapur from various metro cities.
By Air: Delhi’s IGI airport is the nearest airport to Hastinapur. From the airport, one may take a tourist bus or a tourist taxi to cover another 138km to reach this holy ancient city of Hastinapur. To Delhi’s IGI airport there are direct flights from all the major metro cities of India.
By Rail: Meerut city railway station, Muzaffarnagar and Hapur are the nearest railway stations to reach Hastinapura. Although from all these stations one has to travel another 35km, 45km, and 50km respectively to reach Hastinapur.
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