KURUKSHETRA: Kurukshetra the holy pilgrimage in which 360 places of pilgrimage related to the Mahabharata can be seen. It is one of those holy towns that have borne the imprint of Lord Sri Krishna's footsteps. Kurukshetra is referred to as â€œDharmakshetraâ€� is the place in Haryana state in India where the epic Mahabharata battle took place between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Indian government has named the state as â€˜Haryanaâ€™ which in local language means: â€˜Hari ka anaâ€™ (Lord Hari came here). Tradition holds that the great 18-day battle between the Pandavas and Kauravas as described in the pages of the epic Mahabharata, was fought on the plains of Kurukshetra. Kurukshetra lies on the Delhi-Ambala stretch of the National Highway 1. Kurukshetra has been a symbol of sanctity and holiness for centuries. A visit to this hallowed land of high religious and cultural significance is indeed a rewarding experience!
The founder of the land was King Kuru who practiced austere penance to make this land righteous that is why in the first verse of Bhagavad-Gita, Kurukshetra prefixed with an epithet Dharmakshetra.
History of Kurukshetra: This region – the holy circuit- comprises 48 kosas or 100 miles with a large number of temples and tanks of antiquity and traditions. It covered a wide area with present Panipat and north-west corner of Jind district in south and eastern part of Patiala district, in the west Saraswati and Yamuna rivers as its northern and eastern boundaries. King Kuru is said to have made this land a great centre of spiritual culture. The Puranic story about this land is very interesting and runs thus:
King Kuru selected this land on the bank of sacred river Saraswati for spiritual culture and cultivation of eight-fold virtues. King came here on his golden chariot and utilized its gold for making a plough for cultivation. He took bull of Siva and buffalo of Yama on loan and started ploughing the land. Indra, the king of heaven, came and asked Kuru as to what he was doing? King replied that he was preparing the land for growing eight-fold virtues of religious austerity (tapa), truth, forgiveness, kindness, purity, charity, yoga and continence (brahmacharya). Indra asked him to where he would get the seed of these virtues. King replied that the seed was in his possession. At this Indra laughed and went away.
After king had cultivated land for several days, Visnu appeared before him and asked as to what he was doing? King replied in the same manner as he had done when questioned by Indra. Visnu asked Kuru to give Him the seed and that He would sow it for him. At this Kuru put forward his right arm and the same was cut into 1000 pieces with the Chakra of Visnu and sown in the field. In the same way king Kuruâ€™s left arm, his 2 legs and then his head were offered by him to Visnu for sowing.
This act of Kuru pleased Visnu very much and He blessed him. Indra also appeared at this stage and told that he was very much pleased with his sacrifice and told him to ask for any boon from him. Kuru there-upon begged of him 2 boons: one, that this land would forever remain a holy land named after himself, and the other, that anyone dying here would get relieved of cycle of birth and death irrespective of his sins or virtues. Thus King Kuru with wealth of his state and his austerities established at Kurukshetra an extensive institution of spiritual culture for humanity as a whole.
Sripad Madhavacharya, a great Vaishnava acarya, who is also the third son of Vayu (after Hanuman and Bhima) visited here around 1250 AD. During his visit he dug-up a certain piece of land in Kurukshetra and found the mace (club/gada) used by Bhima on the battle of Kurukshetra. Later after showing this to his disciples he again kept back the gada to the place where Bhima originally kept it after the battle.
Kurukshetra is 2 hour journey from New Delhi by Train and about 3Â½ by Bus. Sridham Vrindavan to Kurukshetra is about 5-6 hour journey by train via Mathura-New Delhi route. While travelling by bus there is a stop called â€œPipliâ€� on Kurukshetra by-pass. From there catch an auto-rickshaw to reach ISKCON Main Bazaar temple and then see the holy places with the assistance from the local devotees, or at a nominal cost one can take the auto-rickshaw to visit all the important places to be seen in and around Kurukshetra.
JYOTISVAR: This is the exact spot where Lord Sri Krishna spoke Bhagavad-Gita. Is the most important place to be seen because there is a Banyan tree in this place under which Krishna explained Bhagavad-Gita 5000 years back to Arjuna – his greatest friend and devotee. There is a board placed on the tree in which is written â€œThe immortal banyan tree witness of the celestial song Bhagavad-Gitaâ€�. In fact this place is named as the â€œGitopadesh sthal – place where the Bhagavad-Gita was spokenâ€�.
The tree is full of birds and squirrels which adds to the mystic aura of that place. This place is eternally peaceful despite amidst coming and going of pilgrims throughout the day. Doing the Parikrama or Circumambulation of the tree is considered as a very auspicious. There is also a small chariot in a glass and marble case below the banyan tree where one can see Krishna and Arjuna speaking to each other. There is also another chariot nearby much bigger entirely in glass casing where both Krishna and Arjuna are seated. In the same courtyard of the Geethopadesh sthal is a Ved Pathshala, rooms containing different characters of Mahabharata like Ganga mata, Bhismadeva, Krishna-Arjuna etc… There is also an anccient Siva temple which is sheltered by the Banyan Tree. This temple is a witness to foreign invasions. Then there are also several other temples for other divinities. There is a small water body in front of the Geetopadesh sthal. Jyotisvar lies on Pehowa road, 5 km from Kurukshetra.
BHAGAVAD-GITA: Bhagavad-Gita is also known as Gitopanisad. It is the essence of Vedic knowledge and one of the most important Upanisads in Vedic literature. The spirit of Bhagavad-Gita is mentioned in Bhagavad-Gita itself, which is, Bhagavad-Gita should be accepted â€˜as it isâ€™ directed by the speaker Himself. The speaker of Bhagavad-Gita is Lord Sri Krishna. He is mentioned on every page of Bhagavad-Gita as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan. The word Bhagavan designates that Lord Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as is confirmed by all great acaryas (spiritual masters) like Sankaracarya, Ramanujacarya, Madhvacarya, Nimbarka, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and many other authorities of Vedic knowledge. The Lord Himself also establishes Himself as the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the Bhagavad-Gita, and He is accepted as such in the Brahma-samhita and all the Puranas, especially the Srimad-Bhagavatam, known as the Bhagavata Purana (Krishnas tu bhagavan svayam). Therefore we must take Bhagavad-Gita as it is directed by the Personality of Godhead Himself.
What is Bhagavad-Gita?
The purpose of Bhagavad-Gita is to deliver mankind from the nescience of material existence. Every man is in difficulty
in so many ways, as Arjuna was in difficulty. Arjuna surrendered unto Sri Krishna, and consequently this Bhagavad-Gita was spoken. Not only Arjuna, but every one of us is full of anxieties because of this material existence. Our very existence is in the atmosphere of nonexistence. Actually we are not meant to be threatened by nonexistence. Our existence is eternal. But somehow or other we are put into asat. Asat refers to that which does not exist.
Out of so many human beings who are suffering, there are a few who are actually inquiring about their position, as to what they are, why they are put into this awkward position and so on. Unless one is awakened to this position of questioning his suffering, unless he realizes that he doesnâ€™t want suffering but rather wants to make a solution to all suffering, then one is not to be considered a perfect human being. Humanity begins when this sort of inquiry is awakened in oneâ€™s mind. In the Brahma-sutra this inquiry is called, Athato brahma jijnasa. Every activity of the human being is to be considered a failure unless he inquires about the nature of the Absolute. Therefore those who begin to question:
Â§ why they are suffering or where they came from and where they shall go after death are proper students for understanding Bhagavad-Gita. The sincere student should also have a firm respect for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Such a student was Arjuna.
The subject of the Bhagavad-Gita entails the comprehension of 5 basic truths: Isvara (the Supreme Lord), jiva (the living entity), prakrti (nature), kala (eternal time) and karma (activity) are all explained in the Bhagavad-Gita. Out of these five, the Lord, the living entities, material nature and time are eternal. The manifestation of prakrti may be temporary, but it is not false. Some philosophers say that the manifestation of material nature is false, but according to the philosophy of Bhagavad-Gita, this is not so. However, the karma, is not eternal. We are suffering or enjoying the results of our activities from time immemorial, but we can change the results of our karma, or our activity, and this change depends on the perfection of our knowledge. We are engaged in various activities. Undoubtedly we do not know what sort of activities we should adopt to gain relief from the actions and reactions of all these activities, but this is also explained in the Bhagavad-Gita.
When we are materially contaminated, we are called conditioned. False consciousness is exhibited under the impression that I am a product of material nature. This is called false ego. One who is absorbed in the thought of bodily conceptions cannot understand his situation. Bhagavad-Gita was spoken to liberate one from the bodily conception of life. One must become free from the bodily conception of life; that is the preliminary activity for the transcendentalist. One who wants to become free, who wants to become liberated, must first of all learn that he is not this material body. Mukti means liberation from the contaminated consciousness of this material world and situation in pure consciousness. All the instructions of Bhagavad-Gita are intended to awaken this pure consciousness. Purified consciousness means acting in accordance with the instructions of the Lord. This is the whole sum and substance of purified consciousness. Consciousness is already there because we are part and parcel of the Lord, but for us there is the affinity of being affected by the inferior modes. But the Lord, being the Supreme, is never affected. That is the difference between the Supreme Lord and the small individual souls.
What is this consciousness? This consciousness is â€œI am.â€� Then what am I? In contaminated consciousness â€œI amâ€� means â€œI am the lord of all I survey. I am the enjoyer.â€� The world revolves because every living being thinks that he is the lord and creator of the material world. Material consciousness has two psychic divisions. One is that I am the creator, and the other is that I am the enjoyer. But actually the Supreme Lord is both the creator and the enjoyer, and the living entity, being part and parcel of the Supreme Lord, is neither the creator nor the enjoyer, but a co-operator. He is the created and the enjoyed. For instance, a part of a machine cooperates with the whole machine; a part of the body cooperates with the whole body. The hands, legs, eyes, and so on are all parts of the body, but they are not actually the enjoyers. The stomach is the enjoyer. The legs move, the hands supply food, the teeth chew, and all parts of the body are engaged in satisfying the stomach because the stomach is the principal factor that nourishes the bodyâ€™s organization. Therefore everything is given to the stomach. One nourishes the tree by watering its root, and one nourishes the body by feeding the stomach, for if the body is to be kept in a healthy state, then the parts of the body must cooperate to feed the stomach. Similarly, the Supreme Lord is the enjoyer and the creator, and we, as subordinate living beings, are meant to cooperate to satisfy Him. This cooperation will actually help us, just as food taken by the stomach will help all other parts of the body. If the fingers of the hand think that they should take the food themselves instead of giving it to the stomach, then they will be frustrated. The central figure of creation and of enjoyment is the Supreme Lord, and the living entities are co-operators. By cooperation they enjoy.
We shall find, therefore, in Bhagavad-Gita that the complete whole is comprised of the supreme controller, the controlled living entities, the cosmic manifestation, eternal time and karma, or activities, and all of these are explained in this text. All of these taken completely form the complete whole, and the complete whole is called the Supreme Absolute Truth. The complete whole and the complete Absolute Truth are the complete Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. All manifestations are due to His different energies. He is the complete whole. It is also explained in the Gita that impersonal Brahman is also subordinate to the complete Supreme Person (brahmano hi pratisthÃ¤ham). Brahman is more explicitly explained in the Brahma-sutra to be like the rays of the sunshine. The impersonal Brahman is the shining rays of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Impersonal Brahman is incomplete realization of the absolute whole, and so also is the conception of Paramatma. In the 15th Chapter it shall be seen that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Purusottama, is above both impersonal Brahman and the partial realization of Paramatma. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is called sac-cid-ananda-vigraha. The Brahma-samhita begins in this way: isvarah paramah Krishnah sac-cid-Ã¤nanda-vigrahah/ anadir Ã¤dir govindah sarva-karana-karanam.. â€œGovinda, Krishna, is the cause of all causes. He is the primal cause, and He is the very form of eternity, knowledge and bliss.â€� Impersonal Brahman realization is the realization of His sat (eternity) feature. Paramatma realization is the realization of sat-cit (eternal knowledge). But realization of the Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is realization of all the transcendental features: sat, cit and Ã¤nanda (eternity, knowledge, and bliss) in complete vigraha (form).
People with less intelligence consider the Supreme Truth to be impersonal, but He is a transcendental person, and this is confirmed in all Vedic literatures. Nityo nityÃ¤nÃ¤m cetanas cetananam. (Katha Upanisad 2.2.13) As we are all individual living beings and have our individuality, the Supreme Absolute Truth is also, in the ultimate issue, a person, and realization of the Personality of Godhead is realization of all of the transcendental features in His complete form. The complete whole is not formless. If He is formless, or if He is less than any other thing, then He cannot be the complete whole. The complete whole must have everything within our experience and beyond our experience, otherwise it cannot be complete. The complete whole, Personality of Godhead, has immense potencies (parÃ¤sya saktir vividhaiva sruyate). How Krishna is acting in different potencies is also explained in Bhagavad-Gita. This phenomenal world or material world in which we are placed is also complete in itself because the twenty-four elements of which this material universe is a temporary manifestation, according to Sankhya philosophy, are completely adjusted to produce complete resources which are necessary for the maintenance and subsistence of this universe. There is nothing extraneous, nor is there anything needed. This manifestation has its own time fixed by the energy of the supreme whole, and when its time is complete, these temporary manifestations will be annihilated by the complete arrangement of the complete. There is complete facility for the small complete units, namely the living entities, to realize the complete, and all sorts of incompleteness are experienced due to incomplete knowledge of the complete. So Bhagavad-Gita contains the complete knowledge of Vedic wisdom.
In the Bhagavad-Gita, worship of different demigods or rendering service to them is not approved. It is stated in the 7th Chapter, 20th verse: â€œThose whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures.â€� Here it is plainly said that those who are directed by lust worship the demigods and not the Supreme Lord Krishna. When we mention the name Krishna, we do not refer to any sectarian name. Krishna means the highest pleasure, and it is confirmed that the Supreme Lord is the reservoir or storehouse of all pleasure. We are all hankering after pleasure. Ananda-mayo â€™bhyÃ¤sat (Vedanta sutra 1.1.12). The living entities, like the Lord, are full of consciousness, and they are after happiness. The Lord is perpetually happy, and if the living entities associate with the Lord, cooperate with Him and take part in His association, then they also become happy.
In the 15th Chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita, the real picture of the material world is given. Here the material world is described as a tree whose roots are upwards and branches are below. If one stands on the bank of a river or any reservoir of water, he can see that the trees reflected in the water are upside down. The branches go downward and the roots upward. Similarly, this material world is a reflection of the spiritual world. The material world is but a shadow of reality. In the shadow there is no reality or substantiality, but from the shadow we can understand that there are substance and reality. In the desert there is no water, but the mirage suggests that there is such a thing as water. In the material world there is no water, there is no happiness, but the real water of actual happiness is there in the spiritual world. The Lord suggests that we attain the spiritual world in the following manner (Bhagavad-Gita 15.5): That padam avyayam, or eternal kingdom, can be reached by one who is nirmÃ¤na-moha. What does this mean? We are not the body, but the spirit soul, and realizing this is the first stage in spiritual realization. We are associated with the three modes of material nature (tamo-guna, rajo-guna, sato-guna), but we must become detached through devotional service to the Lord. If we are not attached to devotional service to the Lord, then we cannot become detached from the modes of material nature. Designations and attachments are due to our lust and desire, our wanting to lord it over the material nature. As long as we do not give up this propensity of lording it over material nature, there is no possibility of returning to the kingdom of the Supreme, the sanÃ¤tana-dhama. That eternal kingdom, which is never destroyed, can be approached by one who is not bewildered by the attractions of false material enjoyments, who is situated in the service of the Supreme Lord. One so situated can easily approach that supreme abode. One must desire and hanker after that supreme kingdom, for when one attains that kingdom, he does not have to return to this material world.
Next, one may raise the question of how one goes about approaching that abode of the Supreme Lord. Information of this is given in the 8th Chapter. â€œAnyone who quits his body, at the end of life, remembering Me, attains immediately to My nature; and there is no doubt of this.â€� [Bhagavad-Gita 8.5] One must remember the form of Krishna; if he quits his body thinking of this form, he surely approaches the spiritual kingdom. The Supreme Being is sac-cid-Ã¤nanda-vigraha [Brahma Samhita 5.1]-that is, His form is eternal, full of knowledge and bliss. Our present body is not sac-cid-Ã¤nanda. It is asat, not sat. It is not eternal; it is perishable. It is not cit, full of knowledge, but it is full of ignorance. We have no knowledge of the spiritual kingdom, nor do we even have perfect knowledge of this material world, where there are so many things unknown to us. The body is also nirananda; instead of being full of bliss it is full of misery. All of the miseries we experience in the material world arise from the body, but one who leaves this body thinking of Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, at once attains a sac-cid-ananda body. The Bhagavad-Gita 8.6 also explains the general principle that makes it possible to enter the spiritual kingdom simply by thinking of the Supreme at the time of death: â€œWhatever state of being one remembers when he quits his present body, in his next life he will attain to that state without fail.â€� â€œTherefore, Arjuna, you should always think of Me in the form of Krishna and at the same time continue your prescribed duty of fighting. With your activities dedicated to Me and your mind and intelligence fixed on Me, you will attain Me without doubt.â€� (Bhagavad-Gita 8.7). He does not advise Arjuna simply to remember Him and give up his occupation. No, the Lord never suggests anything impractical. If he doesnâ€™t practice remembering Krishna while he is struggling for existence, then it will not be possible for him to remember Krishna at the time of death. Lord Caitanya also advises this. He says, kirtaniyah sada harih: [Caitanya Caritamrita adi 17.31] one should practice chanting the names of the Lord always. The names of the Lord and the Lord are non-different. So Lord Krishnaâ€™s instructions to Arjuna to â€œremember Meâ€� and Lord Caitanyaâ€™s injunction to â€œalways chant the names of Lord Krishnaâ€� are the same instruction. There is no difference, because Krishna and Krishnaâ€™s name are non-different. Therefore we have to practice remembering the Lord always, 24 hours a day, by chanting His names and moulding our lifeâ€™s activities in such a way that we can remember Him always.
How is this possible? The Ã¤cÃ¤ryas give the following example. If a married woman is attached to another man, or if a man has an attachment for a woman other than his wife, then the attachment is to be considered very strong. One with such an attachment is always thinking of the loved one. The wife who is thinking of her lover is always thinking of meeting him, even while she is carrying out her household chores. In fact, she carries out her household work even more carefully so her husband will not suspect her attachment. Similarly, we should always remember the supreme lover, Sri Krishna, and at the same time
perform our material duties very nicely. A strong sense of love is required here. If we have a strong sense of love for the Supreme Lord, then we can discharge our duty and at the same time remember Him. But we have to develop that sense of love. Arjuna, for instance, was always thinking of Krishna; he was the constant companion of Krishna, and at the same time he was a warrior. Krishna did not advise him to give up fighting and go to the forest to meditate.
Bhagavad-Gita is a treatise which is especially meant for the devotee of the Lord. There are 3 classes of transcendentalists, namely the jnani, the yogi and the bhakta, or the impersonalist, the meditator and the devotee. Bhagavad-Gita is instructed to Arjuna especially because Arjuna was a devotee of the Lord, a direct student of Krishna. Therefore Bhagavad-Gita is best understood by a person who has qualities similar to Arjunaâ€™s. That is to say he must be a devotee in a direct relationship with the Lord. As soon as one becomes a devotee of the Lord, he also has a direct relationship with the Lord. Arjuna was in a relationship with the Lord as friend. Of course there is a gulf of difference between this friendship and the friendship found in the material world. This is transcendental friendship, which cannot be had by everyone. Of course everyone has a particular relationship with the Lord, and that relationship is evoked by the perfection of devotional service. But in the present status of our life, not only have we forgotten the Supreme Lord, but we have forgotten our eternal relationship with the Lord. Every living being, out of the many, many billions and trillions of living beings, has a particular relationship with the Lord eternally. That is called svarupa. By the process of devotional service, one can revive that svarupa, and that stage is called svarupa-siddhi – perfection of oneâ€™s constitutional position.
Lord Krishna descends specifically to re-establish the real purpose of life when man forgets that purpose. Actually we are all swallowed by the tigress of nescience, but the Lord is very merciful upon living entities, especially human beings. To this end He spoke the Bhagavad-Gita, making His friend Arjuna His student.
ENTRANCE TO â€œJYOTISARâ€�
JYOTISAR – THE EXACT SPOT WHERE SRIMAD BHAGAVAD-GITA WAS SPOKEN BY THE SUPREME LORD SRI KRISHNA.
SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD LORD SRI KRISHNA AND HIS DEAR-MOST FRIEND & DEVOTEE ARJUNA ON CHARIOT AT JYOTISAR
SUPREME LORD SRI KRISHNA AND HIS DEAR-MOST FRIEND & DEVOTEE ARJUNA ON CHARIOT AT JYOTISVAR
THE â€œIMMORTAL BANYAN TREEâ€� THAT IS WITNESS TO CELESTIAL SONG OF LORD: â€œSRIMAD BHAGAVAD-GITAâ€�.
DURING THE MOGUL REGIME THIS TREE WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY CUT DOWN. HOWEVER BY THE MERCY AND DESIRE OF SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD LORD SRI KRISHNA THIS TREE AGAIN GREW-UP, DECLARING THAT
THE TEACHINGS OF LORD IN BHAGAVAD-GITA ARE â€˜IMMORTALâ€™ AND â€˜ETERNALâ€™.
HOLY BANYAN TREE
HOLY DUST OF JYOTISVAR
LOTUS FEET OF LORD SRI KRISHNA AT JYOTISVAR
Ancient Siva temple witness to foreign invasions
Ancient Siva temple witness to foreign invasions is a tree in the compound of â€œJyotisarâ€�, the Geetopadesh Shtal is witness of so many foreign attacks.
â€œSRI KRISHNA-ARJUNAâ€� TEMPLE JYOTISAR, ISKCON KURUKSHETRA
v This temple is very next to â€œJyotisarâ€�, the exact spot where Lord Sri Krishna spoke Srimad Bhagavad-Gita.
v It was Srila Prabhupadaâ€™s strong desire that there be ISKCON Temple next to Jyotisar.
v The presiding Deities are Their Lordships Sri Sri Jagannatha-Baladeva-Subhadra & Sri Sri Nitai-Gauranga Mahaprabhu.
v This temple has a garden with variety of beautiful roses for the pleasure of Their Lordships.
v Temple also has a Goshala.
v ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) has 3 Temples in Kurukshetra: (1) Sri Krishna-Arjuna Jyotisar Temple, (2) Sri Sri Radha-Radha Kant Temple, Main Bazaar, (3) another preaching centre in Kurukshetra.
THEIR LORDSHIPS SRI SRI RADHA-RADHA KANT
at Main Bazaar ISKCON Kurukshetra Temple
SRI SRI RADHA-RADHA KANT
HIS DIVINE GRACE A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI SRILA PRABHUPADA,
Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
BHISMA KUNDA & BAN GANGA at Dayalpur Village, Kurukshetra:
BHISMA KUNDA: This is the place where the great grandsire of Kuru dynasty, Bhismadeva, was shot down by Arjuna in a volley of arrows with Shikhandi in front of him and Bhisma refusing to fight. Bhismadeva was down and lying on a ned of arrows called â€˜sharashayyaâ€™, waiting for his death at the most auspicious time called Uttarayana. Following the advice of Lord Sri Krishna, all the Pandavas headed by Yudhisthira Maharaj arrived at the spot where he learned the science of Raja-dharma.
BHISMA KUNDA & BAN GANGA
BHISMA KUNDA – Bhisma was shot down by Arjuna in this place.
Deities of Bhismadeva, Pandavas & Lord Sri Krishna nearby at Bhisma Kunda Temple.
BAN GANGA: During the course of discussions between Bhismadeva and Yudhisthira Maharaj, Bhismadeva asked for water, and Arjuna shot an arrow on the ground from which emanated the sacred Ganga water which flowed into Bhismaâ€™s mouth like a jet that quenched his thirst. This body of water is called â€˜Ban Gangaâ€™ which means that the Ganga that emanated with the shot of a â€˜Banâ€™ (arrow).
BAN GANGA – This is the lake from which Ganges emanated after Arjuna shot an arrow at the ground after Bhismadeva requested him to give water while lying on Sharashayya. Besides the Ban Ganga is a very tall and huge figure of Hanuman.
BHISMA KUND TEMPLE
BRAHMA SAROVARA: This is a huge lake the size of 5 football stadiums put together where people do â€œPitr tarpanâ€� for the betterment of the souls of their dead near and dear. Performing pitr tarpan on the day of Amavasya is considered to be very auspicious. A lot of people come to take bath there on that day. There are so many temples situated along a strip of land extending right into the middle of the huge pond including a huge beautiful black chariot with Krishna and Arjuna.
Among the holiest of water tanks in India, the Brahma Sarovar is an important place to visit in Kurukshetra. This is a vast water body. In the centre of the tank stands the Sarveshwar Mahadev Temple looking like a lotus. The eastern section of the tank is 1800 ft long and 1500 ft wide while the western section is a square of 1500 ft length and 1500 ft breadth. The tank is 15 ft deep. This large water body is edged with 20 ft wide platforms, stairs and a 40 ft wide `parikarma'. In this section, a number of meditation chambers have been built for the convenience of pilgrims. A dip in the Sarovar bears the sanctity of performing Ashwamedha Yajna. The months of November and December are the time when migratory birds flock around Brahma Sarovar and add an exhilarating environmental setting to the sanctity of the place. The tank lies about 3 km from the railway station. A number of temples lie in close vicinity of this holy water body.
PIPLI – This is the bye-pass for Kurukshetra on the highway connecting Delhi. Several modes of transportation are available from here for seeing in and around Kurukshetra. Kurukshetra town is 4km and Jyotisar is 9km from here.
Pehowa: It is an ancient town not far from Kurukshetra has been a centre of pilgrimage for ages. It is on the, left bank of the sacred Saraswati, 12 km from Thanesar. Pehowa was built sometime in 882 AD although an inscription on a temple claims that it was actually built in 895 AD. The town derives its name from King Prithu. On the death of his father, the King sat on the bank of river Saraswati, offering water to all visitors. As a result, the place came to be known as Prithudaka or Prithu's pool. The town which he afterwards built on the spot was called by the same name. With time, the town of Prithu came to be called Pehowa. Today, it is an ancient place of great sanctity, where prayer and `pind daan' for ancestors is believed to grant redemption from the cycle of birth and death.
Solar Eclipse in Kurukshetra:
Millions of pilgrims and tourist throng to the town during the Solar Eclipse to have the privilege of having a dip in the sacred tanks Brahma Sarovar and Sannihit Sarovar. A holy dip in these tanks during the eclipse gives the merit of performing 1000 Ashawamedha Yajnas. It is said that in the Sannihit Sarovar during this time all the sacred places & pilgrimages assemble there by and thus one directly gets the merits of all the sacred places at one particular place.
Lord Sri Krishna along with his family came from Dvaraka to participate in the fair of solar eclipse at Kurukshetra. People from all over India too assembled at the sacred place as also the Vrishnis, the Bhojas, Akrura, Vasudeva, Ugrasena and others. From Vrindavana the gopis also came to have sacred bathe in the tanks of Kurukshetra. Krishna was a child when he left Vrindavana thus after a long time the gopis could see Krishna at Kurukshetra. Krishna and Balarama warmly embraced their parents. They were also hugged by Rohini and Yasoda.
LORD SRI KRISHNA AND GOPIS IN KURUKS