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Ria Dutta Aug 06 2015

Lesser Known Facts About Kurukshetra

Vidit Garg Aug 06 2015
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Kurukshetra- Located at a distance of 171 km from Delhi, Kurukshetra is the eternal city that has many feathers to its cap. Take a Delhi to Kurukshetra taxi to reach this ancient city of epics. For those with an interest in history and architecture, Kurukshetra is the place to be. So, plan a trip to this historic city and take a road trip or board a train to the city. Find out all the Indian Railways trains to Kurukshetra here. Meanwhile, we give you 6 lesser known facts about Kurukshetra that will make you want to visit the city and relive history.

City with many names

And you thought only Bombay, the Maximum City, got a new name! Kurukshetra, one of famous cities of India, has more than three names which kept changing with time. Kurukshetra was earlier known as Uttaradi, Brahmanwadi and Dharamshetra at different time periods.

Birthplace of the Gita

Photo by Giridharmamidi

Do you remember how your mother made you read the Bhagavad Gita? Well this place will bring back everything that you read in the holy scriptures. Jyotisar is the birthplace of this sacred book of the Hindus. It was under a banyan tree here in Jyotisar, that Lord Krishna delivered the Gita to Arjuna.

Laying of the foundation

Photo by Gagan.leonidas

Did you know Kurukshetra was first established as a refugee camp in 1947? Yes, after the India-Pakistan partition many people seeked shelter in this land of Mahabharata. This huge refugee camp gradually transformed into the current city.

Diminishing mythological importance

NIT (photo by Amol.Gaitonde)

Though known for its historical background, Kurukshetra is fast gaining importance as an educational hub in the state of Haryana. Today, the city has leading institutes like National Institute of Technology (NIT) and Kurukshetra University (KU).

Fertile Doab

Do you know Kurukshetra used to be situated between two important rivers - Saraswati and Drishadvati. Well, you can’t see them anymore as they have dried out with time. But there is some good news! The government is trying to revive the Saraswati River and who knows, very soon we might be entering Kurukshetra by boats!

Sacred lineage

Bheeshma Kund (by Giridharmamidi)

We all owe Kurukshetra for it being a fertile ground for the Vedic civilisation. The city is the progenitor of Manu’s Manusmriti and the sacred Rig Veda and Sama Veda.

We hope that you have started making plans after reading these 6 lesser known facts about Kurukshetra in the heart of Haryana. These intriguing facts should prompt you to plan your trip to capture the essence of the authentic roots of India.

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