Kurukshetra is a historical and religious town in the north Indian state of Haryana. Also known as Dharmakshetra ("Holy Place"), the town or region was named after King Kuru, the ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas. The religious significance of the town is truly monumental as the epic Mahabharata War as fought here itself. It’s the place where the preaching of sacred book Bhagavad Gita took place for the first time during the war.
The fame of Kurukshetra is largely for its many mythic associations, including the one belonging to Vishnu-Purana. Literally meaning ‘the land of Kauravas’, it has been, for ages, a pilgrimage of colossal worth for millions of Hindus from the world over. Numerous holy sites like temples, ponds etc make it perfect for pilgrimage tourism. Religious sites too here contribute to the popularity of a place which is now rising towards modernity.
Archeological sites are also a major attraction in Kurukshetra that draw a big number of tourists here. Some of places not to miss for their archeological worth include Raja Karana Ka Tila, Bhor Saidan and Asthipura, Bhagwanpura. The place holds utmost value for the devotee of Lord Krishna, and also for Hindus, to have seen the first recital of the holy religious book of the Bhagavad Gita.
The Brahma Sarovar, a water body, is one of prominent sites here and also called the ‘cradle of Hindu civilization’. Legends and mentions of religious texts confirm it to be the place of the creation of the world by Lord Brahma. The Sannihit Sarova, a water body, is believed to be the abode of Lord Vishu, and it’s often related to the genesis point of the Hindu civilization.
The Krishna museum in Kurukshetra is ideal site for the lovers of mythology and history. The museum exhibits numerous avatars of Lord Krishna, thus catches the attention of religious souls. The holy sites of Bhadrakali Temple and Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple should not be missed for their association with the Pandavas. In overall, a visit to Kurukshetra ensures bringing nuances of the religious and cultural essences of Hinduism!