|• Total||1,530 km2 (590 sq mi)|
|• Density||630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|• Official||Hindi, Punjabi|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||HR 07X XXXX|
Kurukshetra pronunciation (help·info) (Hindi: कुरुक्षेत्र; Punjabi: ਕੁਰੂਕਸ਼ੇਤਰ) is a land of historical and religious Importance. Kurukshetra is located in Haryana state of India. It is a holy place and is also known as Dharmakshetra ("Holy Place"). According to the Puranas, Kurukshetra is a region named after King Kuru, the ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas, as depicted in epic Mahabharata. The importance of the place is attributed to the fact that the Kurukshetra War of the Mahabharata was fought on this land and the Bhagavad Gita was preached on this land during the war when Lord Krishna found Arjuna in a terrible dilemma.
Prior to the establishment of a refugee camp named Kurukshetra in 1947, Thanesar was the name of the tehsil headquarters and the town. Thanesar or Sthaneswar is a historical town located adjacent to what is now the newly created Kurukshetra city. Thanesar derives its name from the word "Sthaneshwar", which means "Place of God". The Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple, whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva, is believed to be the oldest temple in the vicinity. Local hearsay identifies the legendary "Kurukshetra" with a place near Thanesar. A few kilometers from Kurukshetra is the village known as Amin, where there are remnants of a fort which is believed to be Abhimanyu's fort.
In most ancient Hindu texts, Kurukshetra is not a city but a region "kshetra" meaning "region" in Sanskrit and the boundaries of Kurukshetra correspond roughly to the central and western parts of state of Haryana and southern Punjab. Thus according to the Taittiriya Aranyaka 5.1.1., the Kurukshetra region is south of Turghna (Srughna/Sugh in Sirhind, Punjab), north of Khandava (Delhi and Mewat region), east of Maru (desert) and west of Parin.
Early July 2013 the Haryana Department of Archaeology and Museums announced that the earlier excavated remains of a Buddhist Stupa in Kurukshetra were ready to be displayed for the public.
History of Kurukshetra
The Vamana Purana tells how King Kuru came to settle on this land. He chose this land at the banks of Sarasvati River(since dried up before 1900BCE) for embedding spirituality with 8 virtues: austerity (tapas), truth (satya), forgiveness (kshama), kindness (daya), purity (suchee[disambiguation needed]), charity (daan), yagya and brahmacharya. Lord Vishnu was impressed with the act of King Kuru and blessed him. God gave him two boons, one that this land forever will be known as a Holy Land after his name as Kurukshetra (the land of Kuru) and the other that anyone dying on this land will be going to heaven. The land of Kurukshetra was situated between two rivers – the Sarasvati and the Drishadvati.
This land has been known as Uttravedi, Brahmavedi, Dharamkshetra and Kurukshetra at different periods. When King Kuru came on this land it was called Uttarvedi. Over the period this land has been ruled by many empires. The Bharata Dynasty came and settled on this land.
It reached the zenith of its progress during the reign of King Harsha, during which Chinese scholar Hieun Tsang visited this land at Thanesar. By the archaeological grounds it has been proved that Ashoka the Great made Kurukshetra a centre of learning for people from all over the world.
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Places of interest
- Brahma Sarovar: Every year lakhs of people come to take a holy bath at Brahma Sarovar on the occasion of "Somavati Amavasya" (Sacred No-Moon Day that happens on a Monday) and on solar eclipse believing that a bath in holy sarovar frees all sins and cycle of birth-death. It is supposed to be the world's largest man-made pond. World's largest chariot of bronze is placed in purushotam bagh in the center of Brahma Sarovar.
- Sannihit Sarovar: This sarovar is believed to be the meeting point of seven sacred Saraswatis. The sarovar, according to popular belief, contains sacred water. Bathing in the waters of the tank on the day of Amavasya (night of complete darkness) or on the day of an eclipse bestows blessings equivalent to performing the ashvamedh yajna.
- Jyotisar: The famous site where Bhagavad Gita was delivered to Arjuna
- SriKrishna Museum has some historical artifacts and paintings depicting the Mahabharata war.
- Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre: A world-class panorama depicting the Mahabharata war with scientific explanations justifying every episode in the war. There are also several scientific exhibits designed to kindle a curiosity for science.
- Kalpana Chawla Planetarium
- Kessel Mall: A shopping mall cum 3 screen multiplex at sector 17 for food, shopping and entertainment.
- Light and Sound Show: A newly built tourist attraction which highlights some aspects of Geeta Saar through lights and sound.
- Dharohar: A must visit to know the tradition and culture of Haryana; located in Kurukshetra University.
- Bhishma Kund at Naraktari: The place where Arjuna shot an arrow towards the earth to quench Bhisma Pitamah's thirst.
- Saraswati Forest Reserve: It is a large reserved forest area with rich flora and fauna in Kurukshetra district.
- Sheikh Chehli ka makbara (tomb): This monument is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India. It was built during the Mughal era in remembrance of Sufi Saint Sheikh Chehli, believed to be the spiritual teacher of Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh. However, this is an erroneous belief, since the Prince's main 'Murshid' or 'Sheikh' (Spiritual Guide) is historically known to have been Hazrat Sheikh Mian Mir Sahib, of Lahore, although Sheikh Chehli might have been an additional/minor guide. There is another theory that the site of the supposed 'makbara' or tomb was one of the meditative 'Chillas' or sites of Hazrat Mian Mir Sahib, who might have visited the area during his wanderings. It is possible that a later caretaker, some disciple of the Hazrat/Sheikh lies buried here, at the place sanctified by his 'Chilla'.
- Shri Durga Devi Mandir,Pipli : This temple is situated in Pipli Village as entrance of Kurukshetra as name of Gita Dwar.Here is a World Famous Temple as name Shri Durga Devi Mandir which is founded since 1963 by Late Pandit Shesh Mani Mishra after enlightenment by Goddess Shree Bala Sundari Devi Maa.
- Sthaneshwar Mahadev
- Kamal Nabhi
- Valmiki Ashram
- Birla Mandir
- Gurdwara Raj Ghat Patshahi Dasvin
- Gurdwara Teesari Patshahi
- Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi
- Gurdwara Siddh Bati Patshahi Pahili
- Bhadrakali Temple: A temple that is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas. As per the story in Hindu mythology, the goddess Sati killed herself by entering the Yagna of Raja Daksha as a protest against the insult of Lord Shiva. Remorseful Lord Shiva wandered across the whole universe with the corpse of his beloved Sati on his shoulder. To bring him back to the original mood, it was necessary to destroy the corpse of Sati. Lord Vishnu hence cut the corpse in 52 pieces with his Sudarshana Chakra. The parts fell at different places where the temples of the goddess were later built by the devotees. Collectively, these are known as the 52 Shakti Peethas. One of them is in Kurukhsetra, where the ankle of the goddess fell.
- National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra Institute of National Importance and one of the top most engineering colleges in the country.
- National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra
- Kurukshetra University: one of the India's premier universities, established in 1956
- University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Kurukshetra University
- Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Civil Hospital, Kurukshetra.
- Cygnus Hospital, Kurukshetra
- Swami Anant Charitable Eye Hospital
- Sahni Nursing Home: De-addiction center/for drug and alcohol addicts. It is located on the main road (Pipli road) Kurukshetra.
- Kulwanti eye hospital
- Aashirwad Nursing Home
- Satya Nursing Home
- Kurukshetra Nursing Home
- Mahant Prabhat Puri Charitable Hospital
- Bhardwaj Children Hospital, Sector 13 Kurukshetra
- The Deputy Commissioner, an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service, is in charge of the General Administration in the district. He is assisted by a number of officers belonging to Haryana Civil Service and other Haryana state services.
- The Superintendent of Police, an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service, is responsible for maintaining Law & Order and related issues in the district. He is assisted by the officers of the Haryana Police Service and other Haryana Police officials.
- The Deputy Conservator of Forests, an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service, is responsible for the management of the Forests, Environment and Wild-Life in the district. He is assisted by the officers of the Haryana Forest Service and other Haryana Forest officials and Haryana Wildlife officials.
- Sectoral development is looked after by the district head/officer of each development department such as PWD, Health, Education, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, etc. These officers are from various Haryana state services.
- Shahbad, Ladwa, Pehowa, Ismailabad and Jhansa are other towns in the district with significant populations.
Cities, towns and villages
- Shahbad Markanda is a city in Kurukshetra District.
- Pipli and Ladwa are nearby towns in Kurukshetra (City)
- Mathana village Kurukshetra (city) with a population of approximately 10,000 people with 4000 votes. People mostly from Ror communities are living here.
Other Villages : Kirmach,Barna, Mathana, Kaulapur,Kalal Majra,Jalkheri,Morthala, Ram Nagar, Mandokhra, Chandpura, Hamidpur, Ishergarh, Dudhla, Umri, Amin, Dayalpur (Bhan Ganga, NIT, KUK), Mirzapur, Aalampur, Sunheri Khalsa,Ishakpur, Ratgal, Devi das pura, Sunderpur, Ahamad Pur, Bibipur, Barout, Jainpur,buhawi, Khairi, Tatki, Chanarthal, Dhantori, Kanipla, Kaserla, Kharindwam, Deeg, Masana, Khanpur, Tyoda, Shareef Garh, Babain, Mehra bakali, Rawa, Damli, Padlu, Slempur, Jogi Majra, Dangli, Yaara, Yaari, Deeg, Kharindwa etc.
Dhoda Kheri,Dhirpur, Dhola Majra Shahabad Markanda & Mohri are the Railway stations between Kurukshetra to Ambala of Indian railway rout. Haripur village very famous for all festival like Guga Navmi there are a Big temple located in north west of the village the land suitable for agriculture.
Climate - Climate of the district is very hot in summer (up to 47 °C) and cold in winter (down to 1 °C) with rains in July and August.
Access - Kurukshetra is well connected with NH1 and has much access by Road, Rail and Air. The journey is comfortable with various facilities provided en route.
By Road: Buses of Haryana Roadways and other State Corporations ply through Kurukshetra and connect it to Delhi, Chandigarh and other important places.
By Air: The Airports close to Kurukshetra are at Delhi and Chandigarh, which are well connected by road and rail. Taxi service is also available.
By Rail: Kurukshetra is a railway junction, well connected with all important towns and cities of the country. The Shatabadi Express halts here.
Rashtrakavi Ramdhari Singh 'Dinkar' has written an epic poem by the title of Kurukshetra. It is a narrative poem based on the Santi Parva of the Mahabharata. It was written at a time when the memories of the Second World War were fresh on the mind of the poet.
In 2012, Kurukshetra banned the sale, possession and consumption of meat within the limits of the Municipal Corporation owing to its religious significance.
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- "Haryana bans meat in holy towns of Kurukshetra, Pehowa". The Indian Express. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
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