I am sure that you all are aware of the great epic Mahabharata which means a great war which was fought between close relatives Pandavas and their cousins Kauravas. Kurukshetra was the place where War of the Mahabharata was fought and the Bhagavad Gita was preached here during the war when Lord Krishna found Arjuna in a terrible dilemma. So, Kurukshetra is also known as the land of The Geeta also i.e Bhagwad Geeta. Kurukshetra lies at a distance of 160 km from New Delhi and about 93 km from Chandigarh – city with the nearest airport. Kurukshetra is well connected to major cities by railhead or by road. Those have a little knowledge must know that the National Institute of Technology ( NIT ) also exists in Kurukshetra. I personally would say that here the crossings ( Chauraha ) are very decorative and beautiful.
Kurukshetra is a city in the state of Haryana, India. It is also known as Dharmakshetra i.e Holy Place and as the “Land of the Bhagavad Gita. According to the Puranas, Kurukshetra is a region named after King Kuru, the ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas. The Vamana Purana tells how King Kuru came to settle here. He chose this land at the banks of Sarasvati River for embedding spirituality with eight virtues: austerity, truth (Satya), forgiveness (Kshama), kindness (daya), purity (Shuddha), charity (Daana), Yajna and Brahmacharya. Lord Vishnu was impressed with the act of King Kuru and blessed him. Vishnu gave him two boons: first that this land forever will be known as a Holy Land after his name as Kurukshetra (the land of Kuru); second that anyone dying on this land will go to heaven. The land of Kurukshetra was situated between two rivers — the Sarasvati and the Drishadvati.
Places to visit in Kurukshetra :
Brahma Sarovar: Brahma Sarovar is an ancient water pool sacred to Hinduism in Thanesar, in the. Hinduism lays emphasis on taking bath for internal and external purity. Most religious sites have water pools or Sarovar in or near the Hindu temple. According to stories of myths, Lord Brahma created the universe from the land of Kurukshetra after a huge yajna. The Brahma Sarovar here is believed to be the cradle of civilization. The Sarovar is also mentioned in the eleventh century AD memoirs of Al Beruni, called ‘Kitab-ul-Hind’. The Sarovar also has a mention in Mahabharata citing its use by Duryodhana to hide underwater on the concluding day of the war. The pools are especially crowded during solar eclipses because it is believed that bathing there during the solar eclipse is an ablution of sin. On 29 March 2006, a solar eclipse was visible in the region and it drew an estimated one million people to the site. Whenever an eclipse is visible from the Sarovar, hundreds of thousands gather in the pools.
Jyotisar: ‘Jyoti’ means light and ‘Sar’ means the core meaning. Hence the name of the place is a reference to the ‘core meaning of light’ or ultimately of God. It is one of the most revered holy sites of the holy city of Kurukshetra. A Vat (Banyan tree) stands on a raised plinth. Local traditions say that this tree is an offshoot of the holy Banyan tree under which Lord Krishna delivered the sermon of Bhagavad Gita, the doctrine of Karma and Dharma to his wavering friend Arjuna. It is here that He showed his Virat rupa (Universal form).
Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb :
The main tomb belongs to Sufi Abd-ur-Rahim Abdul-Karim Abd-ur-Razak, popularly known by the name of Sheikh Chelli. He was Qadiriyya Sufi master of Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh. The architectural plan of the tomb shows considerable Persian influence. There is another tomb in the complex, believed to be of Sheikh Chilli’s wife.