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Kurukshetra district,Haryana

Kurukshetra district is one of the 21 districts of Haryana state in northern India. The town of Kurukshetra, a sacred place for the Hindus, is the administrative headquarters of this district. The district occupies an area of 1682.53 km². The district has a population of 825,454 (2001 census). This district is part of Ambala division.

Origin of name
The district derived its name from the ancient region of Kurukshetra, which literally means the land of the Kurus. It is believed that the Kurukshetra war described in the Mahabharata Puranas and the war was fought here and Shree Krishna preached the Bhagavat Gita to Arjuna on the battlefield before the war.
History
The district was carved out from the erstwhile Karnal district in 1973. Later some parts of this district were transferred to Kaithal and Yamuna Nagar districts at the time of their creation.
Divisions
Kurukshetra district comprises two sub-division: Thanesar and Pehowa. Thanesar sub-division comprises two tehsils, Thanesar and Shahabad and two sub-tehsils, Ladwa and Babain. Pehowa sub-division consists of Pehowa tehsil and Ismailabad sub-tehsil. The significant towns in this district are Kurukushetra, Thanesar and Pehowa. Due to its location at the Punjab border it has a substantial Sikh population also
Places of interest

  • Crocodile Breeding Centre, Kurukshetra
  • Chhilchhila Wildlife Sanctuary – 10 km on Ladwa road
  • Saraswati Wildlife Sanctuary – 40 km
  • 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. The 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
  • Shrikrishna 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 three-screen multiplex at sector 17 for food, shopping and entertainment.
  • Jyotisar Light and Sound Show: A newly built tourist attraction which highlights some aspects of Geeta Saar through lights and sound.
  • Dharohar Museum: 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 Bhishma Pitamah’s thirst.
  • Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb: This monument is maintained by the Archaeological 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 in Pipli as entrance of Kurukshetra as name of Gita Dwar. Here is a world famous temple that was founded in 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
  • Pehowa
  • 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 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. One of them is in Kurukhsetra, where the ankle of the goddess fell.
  • Shahabad Markanda
  • Shri Shiv Mandir, Near Partap Mandi, Shahabad Markanda
  • National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra: Established as the Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra in 1963. It is an 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
  • Shree Radhe Suvikashram is a Hindu Temple in Sector -7, Kurukshetra, where people get their various problems solved by performing Yajanas, Satsang and using Beej Mantras. These solutions are provided as per astrological charts and ancient Indian culture and Science.