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Kurukshetra has a whole lot of importance in history as it is a holy city of the state of Haryana. It is also known as ‘Land of Bhagwat Gita’, the holy book of Hindus. The epic Mahabharata revolved around Kurukshetra which was named after the King Kuru who was the ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas as depicted in the epic. Also, the Kurukshetra war of Mahabharata was fought on this land. It is also the place where Lord Krishna recited Bhagwat Gita first time.

There can be no other holy place with such great significance and history mainly for Hindu devotees who have grown up hearing the stories of Mahabharata. According to ancient texts, Kurukshetra is not a city but a place of Lords and Kings. It is a Hindu pilgrimage that has immense importance and a lot of devotees visit here to see the temples, pilgrimage centres, and holy sites. 

History of Kurukshetra


According to Puranas, ancient Hindu texts have mentions of King Kuru who used to rule the Bharata Dynasty. The dynasty is also considered as the ancestral origin of Kaurava and Pandavas( Two groups of brothers during the time of Epic Mahabharata). The text also describes the great battle of Mahabharata was fought on the land of Kurukshetra.

Places to Visit in Kurukshetra

Brahma Sarovar. The Brahma Sarovar has been dedicated to Lord Brahma. What is really worth knowing about this place is that it was Brahma who had created Mother Earth from this particular Sarovar. Moreover, this Sarovar has also been mentioned in the memoirs of Al Beruni who had mentioned this water tank to be 1800 meter deep and 1400 meter wide.

Krishna Museum. This museum was founded in the year of 1987 and houses various artefacts of Lord Krishna and his incarnations from the 1st century AD to the 11th Century AD. And what you should also know is the fact that this museum also houses six galleries that specifically showcases the statues in the forms as they are depicted and described in the Bhagavata Purana as well as the Mahabharata.

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Sannihit Sarovar. 550 ft in width and around 1500 ft in height, the Sannihit Sarovar is believed to be the point where the seven tributaries of the Saraswati River meet. And this is also the very place which is considered as the home of Lord Vishnu.

Things to do in Kurukshetra
Visit Jyotisar. It is the place which is associated with the legend of Mahabharata and is considered as a sacred site located in Kurukshetra. This is considered the place where Lord Krishna had recited the Bhagwad Geeta under the shade of Banyan tree to Arjuna the purpose of which was to prepare him for the war against evil.

Visit Bhadrakali Temple. It is believed that it was this temple where the Pandavas had offered their prayers to God before going in a war against the Kauravas. 

Bhishma Kund. This place is associated with the most amazing legends that we have in the grand epic of Mahabharata. This is the place where it is believed that Bhishma Pitamah was laid on the bed of arrows which was made by none other than Arjuna himself. Arjuna had made this when Bhishma Pitahmah had requested for water.

Events and Festivals in & Around Kurukshetra

Kurukshetra Festival. The Kurukshetra festival is one of the major festivals in which a great number of pilgrims gather around to take a holy dip in the Brahma Sarovar. The waters of this place are more or less considered quite sacred. Overall it is a great option to explore and experience. Read More

Baisakhi. It is fundamentally a religious festival that is celebrated throughout the country. Moreover, it is also quite a celebrated festival which is celebrated with a great level of enthusiasm. It is usually celebrated on the 13th and 14th April of every year. Read More

Best Time to Visit Kurukshetra

September to March is the best time to visit Kurukshetra as during these months the overall weather is quite pleasant and ideal for sightseeing activities. 

How to Reach Kurukshetra 

By Air. The nearest airport is Chandigarh Airport. It is located at a distance of 91 km and from Kurukshetra. Another nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport which is just 169.9 kilometres away from Kurukshetra which will take around 3 hours to reach. The IGI Airport is well-linked within the country as well as overseas. Once you reach the airport, you can easily get local means of transport to reach the destination.

By Train. Kurukshetra Railway Station is the nearest railway station to reach Kurukshetra. The railway station is well-connected to major cities of India such as Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir, etc. 

By Road. The overall connectivity via road network is quite good. Frequent public and private buses are available. Also, if you belong to neighbouring states or cities, you can easily enjoy a road trip via your personal motor vehicle. Thus, if you are planning a road trip then it would prove to be a convenient experience for you all. 

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