KURUKSHETRA – A HOLY PLACE
Kurukshetra is one amongst the most prominent
Where King Kuru established his kingdom
He was known for his austerity; truth; charity
Spirituality and celibacy
Where rule of law pervaded
And milk and food for all was ensured
Amongst subjects in the general
This king did everything
By performing the duty of a pious king
For this; Lord Vishnu granted him two boons
That his kingdom will holiest remain
For all times to come
And whosoever dies here on this holy land
Will find his abode in the heaven after death
The different places connected with Kurukshetra
Are also inter-related with holiness amongst all
It is here that our Lord Krishna gave discourses to Arjuna
For us all it is known as Bhagwad Gita
KURUKESHTRA – A HOLY PLACE
Kurukshtra has distinct identity in the cultural map of India. It is here on this holy land that scriptures on Bhagwad Gita were gifted to us. I had read the history of Kurukshetra in story books in my childhood and Mahabharta story from my parents radio and afterwards TV besides from my peer groups etc. But when I saw this place with my own eyes yesterday it seemed as though I were the part of that ‘times’ and history. I was awestruck with the place called Kurukshtrta. I too was impressed by the imposing Brahma sarovar and other historical places connected with this Holy place.
The upkeep of this place is obviously a gigantic task by any reckoning. It calls for more publicity for attracting more people for peeping into the history and see for themselves the places where all actions took place. This is the place which gifted Bhagwad Gita and its discourses / preaching and lessons accompanying. It dawns on us how God establishes truth by eliminating evil that pervaded at that time.
The imposing portrait of Lord Kirishna just before the entrance of Brahma Sarovar indicates to visitors that this place is connected with Lord Krishna and therefore a place most sacred. There also emerges an inner urge of knowing more about this place more.
Kurukshtra is a prominent historical place. It is a place where Lord Shri Krishna delivered / gave His Bhagwad Gita preaching to Arjuna and also left for us all the good lessons that we have to imbibe while living a purposeful life. For example; the Bhagwad Gita lesson of Karma (action) without caring much about the result of our Karma is really worth following. Further it also goes to show that whenever there is prevalence of evil over goodness then God incarnates and provides succor to the hapless and rids the evil and establishes the writ of natural laws.
It has been amply made clear in Vamana Puranas that Kurukshetra has been named after the Kuru King of Bharata Dynasty – the ancestor of Pandavas and Kauravas. King Kuru settled in the land named Kurukshetra; situated on the bank of two holy rivers Saraswati and the other one Drishadvati – both of these rivers are not there now.
The Kuru King was famous for the following virtues:-
1. Austerity (tapas)
2. Truth (satya)
3. Charity (daan)
4. Yagya (spirituality)
5. Celibacy (Brahmacharya).
Lord Vishnu was very impressed with the virtuous life of King Kuru and granted two boons to the King Kuru i.e. that the land Kurukshtra would remain Holy forever and the one who breathes his/her last on this land will go to heaven after death. The first one can be experienced by anyone who visits this place.
Shri Krishna’s Chariot
The majestic and inspiring statue of Arjun at the Arjun Chowk near Brahma Sarovar – Kurukshetra in the Chariot. This bronze statue is really awe-inspiring and tells us all about the active role played by Lord Krishna besides the Hanumanji’s portrait on the Chariot is evidence enough that Dharma was on the side of Pandavas.
This holy land has been called differently at different times such as Uttravedi, Brahmavedi, Dharamkshetra and Kurukshetra. When King Kuru came on this land it was called Uttarvedi.
Battle of Mahabharata was fought on 3102 BCE on this holy land of Kurukeshra. It is here that Lord Krishna preached Bhagwad Gita to Arjuna.
Brahma Sarovar: Brahma Sarovar is one of the sacred sarovars where several people come to take a holy dip. It is believed that on Amovasya (No Moon Day) and especially on Amovasya falling on Monday besides bathing on the Solar Eclipse; it is believed that bathing here on eclipse day washes away the sins. People believe that taking bath on eclipse also liberates people from births and deaths. It is said that this sarovar is one of the largest man made sarovars in the world. It is here on the stairs of impressive Brahma Sarovar (near the entrance itself) that the people perform the rituals of Shradhs for their ancestors.
Sannihit Sarovar. Sannihit Sarovar too is a sacred one. People believe that it is the meeting point of seven sacred saraswatis. It is also believed that bathing on the Amavasya Day and also on the eclipse day rids the devout off their sins.
The other notable and sacred places in and around Kurukshtrya are:-
Jyotisar. Jyotisar is the holy place where Arjuna was given Bhagvad Gita Gyan. The Holy Peepal Tree is the witness to the holy discourses given to Arjuna.
• Sri Krishna Museum. It is the place where historical art and artifacts in connection with the Mahabharta war are kept.
• Light and Sound Show. It is the place where Geeta Saar is being given depicting all the events with light and sound.
• Bhishma Kund at Naraktari. Here is the place where the great warrior Arjuna shot an arrow to the earth for water to quench the thirst of Bishma Pitamah.
• Sheikh Chehli ka makbara (tomb). It is the monument built by Moghals. Shekh Chehli was the religious /spiritual teacher of Mughal Prince of Dara Shakoh period.
• Shri Durga Devi Mandir,Pipli : This temple is situated in Pipli Village as entrance of Kurukshetra as name of Gita Dwar.
• Anciant temple of Maan Kartiyani.
• Ancient temple of Hanumanjee.
• Ban Ganga. It is believed that the goddess Sati killed herself by entering the Yagna of Raja Daksha as a protest against the insult of Lord Shiva.
There are so many other historical and sacred places in and around Kurukeshtra which could be seen by the individual and be a part of the history.