Kurukshetra is a land of historical and religious importance. Historically the land belonged to Punjab, but now it is a district in Haryana state of India. It is a holy place and is also known as Dharmakshetra ("Holy City"). According to the Puranas, Kurukshetra is named after King Kuru, the ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas, as depicted in epic Mahabharata.The importance of the place is attributed to the fact that the Kurukshetra War of the Mahabharata was fought on this land and the Bhagavad Gita was preached on this land during the war when Lord Krishna found Arjuna in a terrible dilemma.
Thanesar or Sthaneswar is a historical town located adjacent to what is now the newly created Kurukshetra city. Thanesar derives its name from the word "Sthaneshwar", which means "Place of God". The Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple, whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva, is believed to be the oldest temple in the vicinity. Local hearsay identifies the legendary "Kurukshetra" with a nearby place known as Thanesar. A few kilometers from Kurukshetra is the village known as Amin, where there are remnants of a fort which is believed to be Abhimanyu's fort.In some ancient Hindu texts, the boundaries of Kurukshetra correspond roughly to the state of Haryana.
Places of Interest:
Krishna 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.
Kessel Mall: A shopping mall cum multiplex at sector 17 for food, shopping and entertainment.
Light and Sound Show: A newly built tourist attraction which highlights some aspects of Geeta Saar through lights and sound.balle balle