17 Facts About Kurukshetra


Kurukshetra is a city and administrative headquarter of Kurukshetra district in the Indian state of Haryana.

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Thaneswar whose urban area is merged with Kurukshetra is a pilgrimage site with many locations attributed to Mahabharata.

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The boundaries of Kurukshetra correspond roughly to the central and western parts of the state of Haryana and southern Punjab.

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Land of Kurukshetra was situated between two rivers—the Sarasvati and the Drishadvati.

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Kurukshetra was conquered by the Mauryan empire in the late 4th century BCE and subsequently became a center of Buddhism and Hinduism.

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The history of Kurukshetra is little-known in between the collapse of the Mauryans and the rise of the Kushans who conquered the region.

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Under Gupta rule, Kurukshetra experienced a cultural and religious revival and became a center for Hinduism.

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Kurukshetra became independent after the steep decline of the Delhi Sultanate and the raids of Tamerlane near the region.

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Kurukshetra became part of the Mughal Empire after Babur quashed a local rebellion in 1526.

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Under Akbar, Kurukshetra became a spiritual center not only for Hindus but for Sikhs and Muslims.

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Between the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Kurukshetra was controlled by the forces of the Maratha Empire until the British took over Delhi in 1803.

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In 1805, the British took Kurukshetra after defeating the Maratha forces in the Second Anglo-Maratha War, who were controlling the city.

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Since 1947, Kurukshetra has become a popular spiritual center and has seen much infrastructure, development, and restoration of old structures.

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Kurukshetra city is surrounded by Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar to the northwest, Ambala, Chandigarh, Shimla to the north, Yamuna Nagar, Jagadhri, Dehradun to the northeast, Pehowa, Cheeka, Mansa to the west, Ladwa, Saharanpur, Roorkee to the east, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar to the southwest, Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat, New Delhi to the south, and Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut to the southeast.

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Kurukshetra Junction railway station is a junction station at the junction of Delhi–Kalka line and Kurukshetra–Jind branch line.

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Kurukshetra is an important Hindu pilgrimage destination, and there are several pilgrimage sites surrounding the city.

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Kurukshetra wrote the poem when memories of the Second World War were fresh in his mind.

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