A holy town in the north Indian state of Haryana, Kurukshetra is known for its legendary history. Also known as Dharmakshetra, this place is mainly known for its association with the Kurukshetra war from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. According to the Puranas, this place has for its name from King Kuru, the ancestor of Pandavas and Kauravas. Kurukshetra is popular as the land where Lord Krishna preached the theory of Karma from Bhagwad Gita to Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers. According to archaeological excavations, Kurukshetra existed even during the pre-Harrapan times. If you wish to get an insight into the history of Indian, Kurukshetra is the perfect weekend getaway destination from Delhi. The city is dotted with a number of temples and lakes, dating back to the old times.
How to Reach Kurukshetra from Delhi
The railway station in Kurukshetra is a chief railway junction, which is well- connected to all the major railway stations in India including Delhi. There are regular trains between these two places.
Renting a cab would be a suitable option for you. However, regular state-run buses connect Delhi to Kurukshetra. Service of deluxe AC and non AC buses are available frequently.
Attractions in Kurukshetra
Founded in 1987, Krishna Museum displays innumerable artifacts ranging from the 1st century AD to 11thcentury AD, depicting the various colors of the personality of Lord Krishna. The museum has a total of 6 galleries, which showcase several idols, ivory works, exotic wooden carvings, stone sculptures, miniature paintings and much more.
Brahma Sarovar is a water body in Kurukshetra with a mythological connection. It is believed that this was the place from where Lord Brahma had created the mother Earth. This water body is 1400 meters in width and 1800 meter in length. The lake also finds its mention in the 11th century book Kitab-UL-Hind by Alberuni and is visited by devotees during a solar eclipse to take a dip.
One of the most respected sites, Sannihit Sarovar is believed to be the abode of Lord Vishnu and the confluence of 7 sacred Saraswathies. On the day of Amavasya, devotes visit this lake to take a dip. This lake is surrounded by small temples dedicated to Goddess Durga, Laxmi Narayanm Hanuman, and so on.
Bhadrakali temple is a legendary temple known for its association with the Pandava brothers. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, the temple is believed to be the site where the Pandavas had performed several rituals before the Kurukshetra war against the Kauravas. One of the Skahti Peeths, this is the site where the lower limb of Goddess Sati had fell.
Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple
If the legends are to be believed Stahneshwar Mahadev temple is the site where the Panadava Brothers were blessed by Lord Shiva. It is said that the water of the adjoining tanks has curative properties and had cured leprosy disease of Banasura.